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As expected, Apple has refreshed its family of MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops this morning. The updates add faster processors and more memory, and come just after the launch of the company’s annual back-to-school promotion.

There are three new 13-inch models and two new 15-inch notebooks, all of which have received the latest versions of Intel’s i5 and i7 Haswell processors. In terms of additional memory, Apple has doubled the entry-level RAM for both lines…

The base 13-inch model now comes with a 2.6 Intel Core i5 chip and 8GB of memory, instead of a 2.4GHz i5 chip and 4GB. And the base 15-inch now features 16GB, instead of 8GB, and the processor has been bumped from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz.

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Unlike the price cuts seen with Apple’s latest MacBook Air refresh, prices for the Retina MacBook Pros still start at $1,299 for the 13-inch and $1,999 for 15-inch. The more expensive 15-inch model, however, has dropped from $2,599 to $2,499.

Today’s refresh comes a few months ahead of the expected release for Mac OS X Yosemite, the next major version of Mac OS. The update is currently in beta, and is expected to be available to the public in October as a free download for Mac owners.

You can find the new MacBook Pros here.

  • Eni

    Can’t afford one, but that is an amazing product

  • I have the Macbook Pro Retina – 2.4GHz i5, 8Gb ram, Haswell ans Iris graphics.. Is the new refresh much better, or only slightly?

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      only slightly;)

    • Maxim∑

      Not sure if you have the 13in or 15in, but even though the clock rate is 200mhz more, I checked on Intels website and the graphics card is the same (either Iris 4600 or Iris Pro 5200) RAM speed is the same.

      Only change is if your processor needs to go 200mhz higher then it will use turbo boost instead of it being the base clock rate. So probably has a minor impact on battery

  • Modest

    What do you think will happen next? When is the next update coming now? Still in this fall or early next year?

    • Jason Baroni

      Get it now or you will never do it waiting for the next upgrade.

  • Sokrates

    bought it on the day it came out, still got 2.6ghz quad core i7!

    • Chetan

      Yep I too have 2012 version but with 2.3ghz quad core i7.. Will someone tell me if these are big changes or not? I bought it for 2200$ and it has a GT650M dedicated card, while graphic card is now not available in 2000$ version.. So like wise are there is any breakthrough changes in CPU coz cant see anything else till now??

      • Khalid Tahhan

        in the same boat as you

      • I don’t think the changes are that much better. It’s a marginal improvement with the CPU having slightly more ghz and increased video memory from what I can see…

      • Chetan

        Thanks for reply n i agree with u.. And any increased video memory wont count as in my case i am having dedicated gpu while new 15″ retina don’t have gpu in 2000$ version and rely on onboard graphics..

      • jaysoncopes

        They basically made it cheaper- it was $200 to upgrade from 4GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM before today, now it comes free. Also the maximum processing power was boosted by 0.2GHz (which can make a huge difference for people using it to its full potential) That also means, though, that the lower models are getting what used to be a model up’s processor basically.

      • Chetan

        No that is the case with 13″ and i own a 15″ one so its base was 8Gb ram already (now 16 though) and in processor its quad core i7 so enough power.. N hey congrats for your new rMBP..

  • jaysoncopes

    About four days ago, I ordered the 13-inch MBP with a 2.8GHz processor and 4GB of RAM

    Today, I called Apple, and my shipment had been backed up about four days, but I am going to be one of the first to receive the 13-inch MBP with 3.0GHz i7 and 8GB of base RAM.


    • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

      dual core though

      • ishyg

        What’s wrong with dual core though?

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        We want quad core because dual core is not powerful enough to escape the lag of iPhoto lol.

      • ishyg

        iPhoto will be replaced though. But yeah, I’m with you on it being laggy lol.

      • jaysoncopes

        Actually, iPhoto opens in literally less than a second on my computer. It’s a beautiful thing.

        I’m not even kidding, I can’t even count to one before it’s open and loaded.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        You don’t have a lot of photos like I do then.

      • jaysoncopes

        That’s true, I don’t 😛

  • Mauricio Timoteo

    I’m going to the US on August and December.. Should I buy it now in August or another update might be coming? Hope you can help me.. Thanks

    • Joost

      Today’s update will presumably be the only MBP update of this year.

      • Mauricio Timoteo

        Thank you for the answer!

  • Nice, yet another sign that competition keeps pushing for better value products.

  • Jamessmooth

    All these comments are super helpful… I’m considering switching to the RMBP from my trusty 17″ Dell. Although I’m able to do more and more from my iPad, which is my go to these days when away from the office, I feel like I should still have a laptop. I read somewhere the new intel chips slated for next year will be a major upgrade, so I may wait until then. Does anyone have a recommendation on which one I should get? I probably don’t need the top of the line RMPB since I don’t plan on using it for gaming… I have my iPad for that 😀 Just document editing, remoting in to my cpu at work to do stuff, etc… Thanks!

    • GuyWithTheThings

      SWITCH. SWITCH NOW AND DON’T LOOK BACK. Seriously though, the Dell will seem like a brick that runs on a potato next to the RMBP.

    • Sell your iPad and use that same RMBP cash on a similar spec Surface Pro 3; lighter and less expensive package, more versatile with added advantage of being able to replace all your needs for paper.

      Learning curve for from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.1 is no steeper than that of Windows 7 to Mac OS X IMO; you’ll need to learn new gestures and keyboard commands in both cases…

  • James Gunaca

    Wish that upgrade from 4GB to 16GB wasn’t as much now. Lucky 8GB to 16GB upgraders!

  • A’s Network

    Doesn’t seem like much of a difference to me with the higher end model, only .2 ghz. Yay, I didn’t waste money by getting my current configuration.

  • Isaac

    I bought the rMBP 15″ for $2,599 a few weeks ago at the Apple Store. Should I return it and buy it again for $2,499? Or should I just keep mine?

  • TwinSon

    Need a new laptop for school, been working with a 5 year old Dell. Looking to make the switch to Apple, is the Entry Level MBP a good buy or should I look elsewhere?

    • CA

      It’s a good buy if you like Apple products, but they do tend to be more expensive. I personally love my rMBP and would never switch to a different computer though 🙂

  • Biscuit

    Hopefully the Air series gets a boost too. I’m looking at buying a MBA but the processor is tiny. Is it worth upgrading during purchase or should I wait till end of year?