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Apple Launches Hardware Updates for Macbook Pro with Retina Display

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August 14, 2014

Apple Launches Hardware Updates for Macbook Pro with Retina Display

By Clayton Hamshar
Contributing Writer

Apple (News - Alert) recently announced some minor updates to its flagship, Macbook, Pro with Retina display line. The changes include faster processors, larger storage capacity, and in some models, a slightly lowered price tag.

The 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display now boasts Intel’s (News - Alert) latest dual-core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and speeds of 2.6 or 2.8 GHz (up to 3.3 GHz using Turbo Boost). It is available with 128 MB of flash storage for $1299, 256 MB for $1499, and 512 MB for $1799. The 13-inch model can also be built to order with a 3.0 GHz dual-core i7 processor (3.5 GHz using Turbo Boost) and 1TB of flash storage.

The 15-inch model can be purchased with a 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor boasting 3.7 GHz using Turbo Boost, 16 GB of RAM (News - Alert) and 256 GB of flash storage for $1999. For $2499 it can be upgraded to a 2.5 GHz processor and 512 GB flash storage. Custom models can be built with a 2.8 GHz quad-core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

Apple has also announced a price drop of $100 for the non-Retina display Macbook Pro, from $1199 to $1099. This model features a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GH, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

All of these models ship with OS X Mavericks, and those who purchase a Macbook between now and the release of OS X Yosemite will be offered a free update when the time comes. They are also currently being offered as part of Apple’s back-to-school program, which offers an Apple Store gift card of $100 to customers who purchase a new Mac for qualifying educational purchases. The latest Macbook Pros are available immediately and take only 24 hours after ordering to be ready for shipment.

Edited by Adam Brandt

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