Apple Updates the MacBook Pro Retina Notebook Computers

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While the release of Mac OS X Yosemite isn't expected until the fall, Apple decided to update their MacBook Pro with Retina Display line in advance. With faster 4th-gen Haswell Intel Core processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch model, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display provides faster performance than its predecessors, but retains the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, high-resolution Retina Display, long battery life, and deep integration with Mac OS X.

"The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook."

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz.

The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a lower starting price. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, starts with 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

While the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro didn't get the same upgrades as its Retina Display counterparts, it did receive a lower starting price to compensate. Of course, iLife and iWork come free with each new purchase of a Mac. iLife contains iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand while iWork has Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

A free upgrade to Mac OS X Yosemite will be available this fall.

You can pre-order the new MacBook Pro with Retina display computers at this link.

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I'm looking to purchase this 15-inch. Thin, light...  much faster and much better screen.

I bought the previous incarnation the late 2013/early 2014 15 inch mac pro..

Overall the thing has been solid and reliable but the interfaces are flawed. After almost a year of owning I will give you my 2 cents on it, both good and bad. I mention this here because they appear to be using the same design for the new versions and people deseve to know what they are buying before they buy it, brief in-store demo's just don't tell the whole story.

The Bad:

Only 2 usb ports, thats not quite enough, nobody should be stuck with a laptop or desktop that has a jungle of wires going to usb port expanders and other related paraphenelia.

The thunderport connectors are too shallow and fall out easily, don't have any sort of locking mechanism upon being seated into the connector. There is no integrated rj-45 port, this is very problematic when you are relying on RJ-45 thunderport adaptor for the majority of your network needs(the wireless performance was awful most of the time). Thunderport devices tend to be very CPU heavy, the network adaptor is no exception, most of the time you won't notice it however.

Bluetooth Logitech mice don't recognize the bluetooth interface in the laptop without a logitech unifying receiver plugged in (you are now -1 usb port because of that one thing alone). Very few non mac specific devices in general will pair with Apple bluetooth, this is known issue for many years.

When the cpu/gpu are pushed hard the keyboard gets VERY HOT, and the section of the case just below the screen on the keyboard can be very hot as well, so its not cooling the components as effective as it needs to prevent this. It has not caused any noticeable hardware related issues so far however. Hoping they improve the thermal performance of the upcoming generations a lot more.

Having had the perspective of using just about every OS ever made since 1980; the first impression of 10.9 is it looks very slick and well put together however once you get past the appearances there are huge number of underlying problems with this OS, I really hope the upcoming OS resolves these or its going to be unpleasant for the folks who paid a lot of money for unfixed software and hardware problems.

The good:

I enjoy the Mac OS software itself, it has maintained most of the OS's best aspects that I knew and loved from previous incarnations.

The warranties are still legit, very few problems with Apple honoring their warranties, many other computer manufacturers are not honoring their warranties at all now.

It's CHEAPER to buy through BH then to buy direct from Apple or buying from Apple storefront, even the Apple warranty is cheaper when bought through BH.

The cooling fans are usually very quiet compared to other machines i've owned, both portable and desktop.

The keyboard is relatively sturdy considering the way it's built, apple keyboards that are constructed this way are not known for durability but it's holding it's own so far.

I push my machines very hard compared to the average user, so far with 10.9 very few lock ups or crashes have occurred.

(Yes even the vaunted Mac OS has those W.T.H moments)

Battery life is pretty good, not as good as they say but very close.

Thats about all I got to say about that..

(What do I use this machine for you ask? 2d/3d Graphics content creation & editing, Photography workflow, DSLR Tethering, Writing, unix/linux related things, some gaming)

Thanks for taking the time to review.  Very helpful.  Good luck out there.

 SERVERS are needed today for video, to serve as many (simultaneous) Users as possible at modest cost. Just WHICH Mac can be configured to serve 1000s of viewers online for lo-bitrate video clips: MacMini or MacPro? What about Server Software? What about Upgrades as the # of Users rises? TIA,UG

I have used apple since the 1980's from main frame or desktop computers to laptops. I bought the solid state drive retina display two years ago and love it. I use two external thunderbolt drives Don't do gaming but photography... Never had a problem my programs run beautifully Regarding more ports, laptops usually don't have a lot especially as they r lighter and thinner. Now you need an external disk player too I do miss the 17 inch too But apple rocks and the new features sound awesome!!

If they at least did something so I didn't have to occupy those ports with redundant adaptors to pair with a bluetooth receiver, then 2 ports would not be such an issue. It's a minor one but I feel it's worth mentioning. Even just adding 1 more usb port is still worth doing and not really adding more overhead to what I know is very tight space. The issue with the thunderports is an easily corrected and I hope they do it. The pairing issue has been known since at least 2003, and it puzzles me why they have made no attempt to address it in all this time, it's not that difficult of a fix either for most mainstream devices.

I typically have a Wacom Tablet, USB dongle for bluetooth logi (rediculously redundant I must re-iterate), and an AKG USB-120 desktop mic plugged in. I enjoy it, I kind of miss the 17 inch format too but I figure they have their reasons. The 17 inch panel used a lot more energy than the 15 inch and the larger panels cost more build for them (more materials for case, more expensive panel etc). The 512 is fast, well worth getting. I would have done the 1 terrabyte if i had the money. I have similar computing background as you. From the green screen/orange screen on up to now.

I'm not bashing apple but as somebody who's spent many many thousands on countless computers, it's reasonable thing to critique them and expect them to actively make efforts towards improving stuff. I am optomistic that they will, time will tell. No regrets here, solid machines overall, enjoy your purchases!

I'm sad that they no longer make the 17-inch Macbook Pro.

I use/own iMacs daily and like the mac pro series, however I find the touch pad horrible, and the prices still not comparable to the performance gained with other high performance notebooks by other brands.  We use both Mac and PC for work and personal use- so far I'm sticking with windows based notebooks as this 'upgrade' doesn't seem to negate the fact that apple isn't offering a good deal in my opinion.

Absolutely love my 15-inch MacBook Pro (purchased a year and a half ago) which has been the staple of my FCP7 usage.  Slowly transitioning into FCPX (I must say, 10.1 has some features I'm liking).

Just curious if the new 13inch, maxed RAM would be close enough (performance wise) to the 15 for video editing. Anyone have a 13 and use it for editing purposes?

Hi Flyn -

The new 13.3" Mac Books are incredible - but they do not have separate graphics cards like your 15" MacBook Pro most likely has.  Without a separate graphics card the computer will render video much more slowly.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Looking for the 15 inch

I still use a macbook pro early 2009 - 2.26GHZ Core 2 Duo . I upgraded the RAM. I think it is time for a new mac :)

need to buy

Apple Co. ignoring demands of professional photographers by discontinuing MacBookPro "17.  And not just this category of customers are still interested in a computer with a "17 screen. 

I also agree that the 17" has it's audience and it is too bad to see it leave the MAC marketplace.. For those with vison empairments and those of use getting on...working with this 13" at times is a struggle and working with multiple images is a hassle. I wanted to upgrade but a 13" to a 15" is not a big enough leap to matter!