How Updated MacBooks Are a Better Value for You and for Apple

Source: Apple.com

In a Tuesday press release, Apple announced that it was updating the MacBook Pro with Retina Display line with faster processors, doubled memory in entry-level models, and a lower price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. Apple also dropped the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro by $100 to $1,099 and doubled the standard RAM of the entry-level 13-inch model to 8 GB, offering what represents a significant discount over the prices previously charged for the same specifications.

The move sees the company updating three 13-inch models and two 15-inch models. Those models gain Intel’s newest i5 and i7 Haswell processors, with the entry-level 13-inch model coming standard with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 chip and 8 GB of memory, an improvement over the previous 2.4 GHz i5 chip and 4 GB of memory. The memory of the entry-level 15-inch model doubled from 8 GB to 16 GB, and the processor was upgraded from 2.0 GHz to 2.2 GHz. The press release explains the changes and the different configurations that are available for each model:

“The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,299 (US); with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,499 (US); and with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.”