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Alongside the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, Apple has announced an upgrade to the 15-inch model with much improved graphics processors, a new Intel Quad-Core processing system, improved battery life (up to 8 hours), and new 802.11ac WiFi.

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The new 15-inch models also ship today, and they include OS X Mavericks. The new computer starts at $1999. (Full press release below)

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Updated with Latest Processors, Faster Graphics & Longer Battery Life

iWork & iLife Now Free with Every New Mac

SAN FRANCISCO—October 22, 2013—Apple® today updated MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with fourth generation Intel Core processors, the latest graphics, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next generation Wi-Fi. Starting at a new lower price of $1,299 (US), the updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing thin and light design, and the latest technology to power through the most demanding projects. Apple today also announced that both iWork® and iLife® are now free with the purchase of every new Mac®.

“We’ve made the world’s best pro notebook even better by adding more performance and even longer battery life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “MacBook Pro with Retina display continues to redefine the pro notebook.”

At 0.71-inches thin, the updated MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features fourth generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz. New integrated Intel Iris graphics deliver up to 90 percent faster performance than the previous generation MacBook Pro with Retina display.* The 13-inch model can be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features fourth generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The 15-inch model includes Intel Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance, or Iris Pro and GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics with 2GB of video memory for the ultimate in performance. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display can be configured with faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz.

The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features incredible pixel-pushing power while still delivering amazing battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to nine hours of battery life, two hours more than the previous generation, and up to nine hours of iTunes® movie playback. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to eight hours of battery life, one hour more than the previous generation, and up to eight hours of iTunes movie playback.**

MacBook Pro with Retina display now features PCIe-based flash storage with up to 60 percent faster read speeds than the previous generation. Next generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi delivers wireless performance that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports deliver up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each external device, allowing users to connect to multiple displays and high performance devices, and an HDMI port offers quick connectivity to HDTVs and projectors.

The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display ships with OS X® Mavericks. Mavericks is the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced operating system and is available for free from the Mac App Store℠. In addition to more than 200 new features, Mavericks introduces core technologies designed specifically for portables to boost performance and improve the battery life of your Mac. Compressed Memory in OS X Mavericks automatically shrinks inactive data in memory to keep your Mac fast and responsive. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with integrated graphics through optimized OpenCL support and dynamic video memory allocation. For more information or to download Mavericks visit www.apple.com/osx/.

Apple today also announced that in addition to iLife, iWork productivity apps are now included with every new Mac purchase. iWork, which includes Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote®, makes it easy for anyone to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. All iLife and iWork apps have been completely redesigned to take full advantage of OS X Mavericks, have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud® and are loaded with hundreds of new features that let you do more than ever across your Apple devices.

Continuing Apple’s commitment to energy efficiency and the environment, MacBook Pro with Retina display meets stringent Energy Star 6.0 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating.*** MacBook Pro with Retina display features LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. MacBook Pro with Retina display includes PVC-free components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and uses highly recyclable materials and material-efficient packaging designs.

Pricing & Availability
MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store(www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9 GHz, 4GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,299 (US); and with a 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,499 (US); and with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1,999 (US); and with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at $2,599 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.8 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online atwww.apple.com/macbook-pro.

*Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction MacBook Pro with Retina display configurations. For more information visitwww.apple.com/macbook-pro/features-retina/.
**The Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction MacBook Pro with Retina display configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visitwww.apple.com/macbook-pro/features-retina/.
***Claim based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA Energy Star 6.0 energy database as of October 2013. EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visitwww.epeat.net.

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One Response to “Apple launches new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro: Thunderbolt 2, new Graphics, better battery life”

  1. How quickly do these get released to apple retailers, such as Best Buy?