It’s been a while since a new MacBook Pro has hit the market, so if you’ve been holding out for a long time waiting for a new model of Apple’s top-end laptop to hit, you’ll be happy to know that a new model has finally been announced.
The 2014 MacBook Pros have gotten a bump in processor speed, battery life and overall performance. Both the 13″ and 15″ have Retina displays, use fast PCIe Flash memory for storage, and also beefed up networking performance with 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Both models also offer a speedy Thunderbolt 2 connection, running at twice the speed of the prior port.
The new 13″ MacBook Pro is just .71″ thin, and powered by the latest-gen Intel Haswell i5 Dual-Core CPU. Graphics are powered by Intel Iris, which runs up up to 90% faster than the past generation. Battery life for the 13″ model is rated at a substantial nine hours. Prices for the 13″ MacBook Pro starts at $1299(USD), $200 less than the last generation. The base model includes a 2.4GHz CPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage.
The 15″ MacBook Pro runs a fast quad-core Intel Crystalwell i7 CPU and Intel Iris Pro graphics – with the option to upgrade to NVIDIA GeForce GT750M graphics. Battery life for the 15″ is rated at up to eight hours. Prices for the 15″ MacBook Pro start at $1999, vs. $2199 for the previous gen. That model includes a 2.0GHz i7 CPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
All MacBook Pros ship with the latest and greatest version of Mac OS X, Mavericks pre-installed, and should be available from the Apple Store later today.