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Except for that non-Retina one. That's still old and busted.

Apple updates their MacBook Pro lineup with better prices, faster product


Just as the interwebs has predicted, Apple has today released a slightly refreshed updated MacBook Pro lineup, bringing some slightly better prices, faster processors, and more memory for nearly all of Apple’s MacBook Pro configurations.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display has seen updates in both their 13″ size as well as their 15″ size; for $1299, customers can now get their hands on a notebook with a 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive. Customers can upgrade to 256GB of solid state storage for an additional $200, or for $1799 they’ll upgrade to a 2.8 GHz dual-core i5 processor as well as 512GB of solid state storage.

The 15″ models get similar upgrades, with the base $1999 model seeing a bump to a 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor as well as 16GB of memory, twice as much as before at this same price point. The high end 15″ model gets a price drop to $2499, and now carries a 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, the same 16GB of memory, and 512GB of solid state storage. These are all the same Haswell based processors as before, but with slightly faster clock speeds – each option bringing with it about 200 MHz of extra speed.

The lone remaining non-Retina option, the base model 13″ MacBook Pro, remains – unfortunately – completely unchanged. We’ve got the same old, two year-old processor – the same mechanical hard drive based storage options – and the same amount of memory. What is changed their is a new price. Apple has decided that the 13″ MacBook Pro, which the customer sees as a popular machine for “Windows switchers”, gets a price drop to $1,099. Still fairly pricy for what you’re getting, but let’s be honest here – if you’re interested in a Mac, you should really only be looking at the MacBook Air lineup or the MacBook Pro with Retina Display lineup.

Source: Apple

To be replaced with a Retina model

Apple could be ending production of non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro


According to sources associated with DigiTimes, Apple is slated to be ending production of the base model, non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro (you know, the one without the Retina display and with a DVD drive) as the company continues their move to integrate Retina displays across their entire product portfolio. The company had previously discontinued the sale of the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro display nearly a year ago.

According to Digitimes, Apple is planning on replacing the model with a Retina equipped model with a similar price point. In order to achieve that, Apple would need to drop the price of a Retina MacBook Pro by over $100 – something that may only just be possible as the production cost of these displays go down to a more affordable level.

If Apple were to truly discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro entirely, that would leave just a couple of products with low resolution displays across Apple’s entire portfolio. Notably, the iPad 2, iPad mini, MacBook Air, iMac, and Cinema Displays are still offered in non-Retina models.

Source: DigiTimes

Comes in both 15" and 13"

Apple announces new MacBook Pro with Retina Display models


Just as we assumed, Apple has announced updates to their MacBook Pro with Retina Display family, giving the notebooks Intel’s latest Haswell and Crystalwell processors. Along with the new processors, Apple has tricked out the new MacBook Pros with improved battery life, improved dedicated graphics for the 15″ MacBook Pro, faster 802.11ac wi-fi, Thunderbolt 2, and faster flash storage and OS X 10.9 Mavericks pre-installed.

Apple has also confirmed that they have lowered the price of their Retina based MacBook Pros, lowering the price of the 13″ model to $1299 and the price of the 15″ model to $199. Each size of course is available in multiple configurations available built to order on Apple’s website, and each model MacBook Pro with Retina are shipping starting today.

Of particular note, Apple has apparently dropped their previous-generation MacBook Pro lineup – you know, the ones without Retina displays. Pour one out for the DVD drive.

Under an hour to go

Reminder: Apple iPad Special Event taking place at 1PM Eastern

1395168_617923418244005_1426610576_nAs if you needed reminding, but here goes nothing – Apple will be beginning their October 22nd iPad Special Event in less than one hour now at 1PM Eastern, 10AM Pacific. If you’re getting an innate sense of dejavou, you’re not alone – Apple just held one of these a little over a month ago to announce the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

But if all the rumors were right – and we suspect that they were – we’ll be looking at a very iPad-centric keynote today. All signs are indicating that it’s a-go for a dramatically redesigned fifth-generation iPad, which should take design cues from last year’s iPad mini with a thin, dramatically reduced in size body. We also suspect we’ll see the announcement of Apple’s new A7X processor, which will be powering the iPad 5.

The most recent rumors all indicate that Apple will also be announcing the much anticipated second generation iPad mini with, yes, a Retina Display. It’ll have the same 2048 x 1536 resolution as the iPad 3, 4, and likely the 5, however the body and design is likely to remain relatively unchanged this year. What is up for contention is what SoC this iPad will use – there have been rumors that both the iPad mini and the iPad 5 will be gaining Touch ID, which would mean that the iPad mini would have to come equipped with a current generation A7 or A7X processor due to the SoC’s “secure enclave” – however, that would mean that the new iPad mini is skipping an entire generation, as the current iPad mini comes equipped with only an A5 processor.

Apple is likely to also talk a little bit about their notebook lineup, with the MacBook Pro line in particular looking very ready for an upgrade. We don’t expect to see anything dramatic here – a price decrease for the Retina MacBook Pros might be in order, and all models are likely to see a fairly significant upgrade to an Intel Core i7 Haswell architecture. Apple will likely also take this chance to officially announce that their new Mac Pro professional desktops are now on sale.

We’ll be here covering the event live, so be sure to check back throughout as the excitement unfolds!

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What to realistically expect at WWDC 2013 next Monday, June 10th

wwdc_2013WWDC 2013 is Apple’s first major opportunity to build up the real excitement and fervor in the Apple community that has been missing for months now, and as such, expectations are at an all time high. Will Apple release a new iPhone? (No, probably not.) Will we see a totally redesigned iOS 7? Is Apple finally ready to launch that long awaited Apple television set?

As today is our final day of posting prior to Monday’s event, we decided the time was right to bring back our “What to realistically expect…” series of posts which we use to temper expectations concerning upcoming Apple events. (We also currently hold a 100% accuracy rate, for people concerned about that sort of thing.)

Click after the break to get to the juicy stuff – our reasonable expectations.

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Apple updates MacBook Pro specs and prices, drops price of MacBook Air

Apple’s line of notebook computers are quite obviously in a state of transition, with the MacBook Pro line being split in two – the traditional unibody design that we’ve all used and abused since 2008, and their newer line of Retina MacBook Pros. The one dividing factor between the two (beyond the screen, of course) was the relatively high entry price of the Retina MacBook Pro line – but things got a little better today as Apple has moved to both update the processor as well as lower the price of their Retina Pros.

The move affects both the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro as well as the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The new lineup is as follows:

  • 13″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 128GB SSD – $1499 (down from $1699)
  • 13″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 256GB SSD – $1699 (down from $1999)
  • 15″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 2.4 GHz Core i7 (up from 2.0 GHz Core i7) + 256GB SSD – $2199
  • 15″ Retina MacBook Pro w/ 2.7 GHz Core i7 (up from 2.6 GHz Core i7) + 512GB SSD + 16GB RAM (up from 8GB) – $2799

Apple has also lowered the price of their 13″ MacBook Air (256GB SSD) from $1499 to $1399.

These updates are likely interim updates as Intel prepares for the launch of their next generation Core i7 chips, codenamed Haswell. Haswell is currently expected to launch late Spring/early Summer.

Apple introduces new iMac, new Retina MacBook Pro 13″

Today wasn’t all about the iPad – not by a long shot. Today Apple also introduced significant upgrades to two of their most popular computers, each with a beautiful (and, in typical Apple fashion, outrageously thin) all new design.

First up is the iMac. If it was thin before, it’s now practically anorexic – the new iMac is 40% thinner than the iMac it replaces and is significantly lighter as well. The new iMac comes with a powerful 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 chip, which is upgradable to either a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 or a 3.2 GHz Intel Core i7. The new iMac also comes with what Apple is calling a “lamented” display, which they claim is significantly less reflective as well as gives the illusion that text is popping right out on top of the screen, rather than underneath the glass. It comes with 8GB of RAM, 1TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card standard. Apple also announced a new software solution for invisibly combining an SSD drive and a traditional hard drive, offering unprecedented storage while still retaining most of the speed of a SSD. It comes in a 21.5″ model at $1299 and a 27″ model at $1799.

Next, Apple of course released the rumored Retina MacBook Pro 13″. Think the old Retina MacBook Pro 15″, size it down, and there you go. It’s got a 2560 x 1060 native resolution at 227 PPI and runs at either a simulated 1680 x 1050 or 1440 x 900. Inside is a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, which is upgradable to either a 2.3 GHz or a 2.5 GHz Core i7. 8GB of RAM is standard, as is a 128 GB SSD – though you can bump the SSD up to 256 GB. Pricing starts at $1699, as expected.

Apple also gave the Mac mini a much deserved spec bump. It’s now got a 2.5 GHz Core i5 standard, which can be upped to a 2.3 GHz quad-core Core i7 – a quad core being a first for the Mac mini. It’s also got a 500GB or a 1TB HDD, an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics card (yes, integrated), 4GB of RAM (upgradable to 8GB or 16GB) and a thunderbolt port. Pricing remains at $599 or $799.

Both the iMac and the Retina MacBook Pro 13″, as well as the Mac mini, are now available to order and are shipping soon.


What to realistically expect at Apple’s iPad mini event tomorrow

The new iPad mini is coming tomorrow. That, at this point, is a cold hard fact. What we’re not so certain about however is what we can realistically expect to see at the event tomorrow. There are a whole bunch of oft-quoted rumors, some of which are clearly bologna, and some of which we’re pretty certain about. In this post, we’re only concerned with those rumors that are not only likely, but also nearly certain.

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13″ Retina MacBook Pro coming next week too?

Normal disclaimer applies – Apple rumors are fickle things. Nobody can ever be sure of what Apple’s future plans are. We generally only comment on rumors that we believe to have some merit, but always take this with a grain of salt.

AllThingsD and 9to5Mac are both reporting that sources from within Apple have revealed that Apple will be doing more than just announcing the iPad mini at next Tuesday’s Apple event – they’ll also be revealing one of the most desired potential products of the year, the 13″ MacBook Pro.

According to AllThingD’s report on the matter, the new MacBook Pro will have a Retina display with a 2560×1600 resolution. The design is said to simply be a smaller version of the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro’s thin, flash-storage based design.

AllThingsD has an exceptional accuracy rate and tends to only report on stories that they have tremendous faith in, so there may something to be said about their information.

Apple is expected to announce their October 23rd special event very soon, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated with what to expect as time grows nearer.

Via: MacRumors
Source: AllThingsD