At Apple’s latest product event, the Cupertino-based company announced two new additions to the MacBook Pro lineup — along with the previously-announced Mac Pro. As previously speculated, both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sport Intel Haswell processors found in the new Macbook Air, while touting the same Retina displays adorning the 2012 MacBook Pro. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros feature the newly-launched Mavericks OS, in addition to 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2.0, and integrated graphics courtesy of Intel Iris and Iris Pro.
Cosmetically, the new models aren’t vastly different. The 13-inch model 15-inch models are slightly thinner and lighter than their predecessors, measuring 0.71 inches thick and weighing in at 3.46 and 4.46 pounds, respectively. Apple claims that battery life has gotten a significant boost thanks to updated specs and software optimization courtesy of Mavericks. This could extend battery life an additional two hours beyond the previous models, offering a total of up to nine hours of usage and 30 hours of standby time. Although the $1,999 15-inch model ships with Intel’s Iris Pro integrated graphics, users can always opt the $2,599 model, which includes a Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPU which should provide you with more graphics processing power over Iris Pro.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, while the 15-inch MacBook comes in at $1,999. Both are on sale now. Check out our comprehensive spec comparison for a closer look at how the 2013 MacBook Pro stacks up against last year’s Retina Macbook Pro.
2012 Retina MacBook Pro (13-inch)
2013 Retina MacBook Pro (13-inch)
|Dimensions||12.35″ x 8.62″ x 0.75″||12.35″ x 8.62″ x0.71″|
|Weight||3.57 pounds||3.46 pounds|
|Keyboard||Backlit w/ ambient light sensor||Backlit w/ ambient light sensor|
|Processor||2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache||2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache|
|RAM||8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory||4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory|
|Screen Size||13.3″ (non touch)||13.3″ (non touch)|
|Resolution||2560 x 1600 (Retina)||2560 by 1600 pixels (Retina)|
|Storage||128GB SSD||128GB SSD|
|Graphics Support||Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel Iris Graphics|
|Networking||802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0||802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Ports||HDMI, 2 Thunderbolt,
2 USB 3.0, SDXC card reader, USB 2.0
|HDMI, Thunderbolt 2.0, USB 3.0|
|Webcam||720p FaceTime HD camera||720p FaceTime HD camera|
|Operating System||Mac OS X Mountain Lion||Mac OS X Mavericks|
|Battery Life||6 hours||9 hours|