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The unverified photo from a Chinese Apple Store appearing to show a slight refresh to the Retina MacBook Pro launch is accurate, claims French site MacG, citing a reliable source. The site claims that the refreshed models will go on sale tomorrow.

The refresh is a minor one, with a modest speed boost of 200MHz and an increase in RAM across the range to 16GB. Apple is also, for the first time, offering a 1TB SSD in a standard model … 

The specs seen yesterday are:

  • 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost to 3.4GHz), 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost to 3.7GHz), 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M w/2GB Video Memory
  • 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost to 4.0GHz), 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M w/2GB Video Memory

One surprising element, if the specs are correct, is that Apple is retaining the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M – we would have expected this to be replaced with the more powerful and more energy-efficient GeForce 800M.

We’re expecting a more significant update in the fall, with a new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display expected to be part of the new line-up. It has been rumored this will be a new design without a fan or mechanical trackpad.

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36 Responses to “Modest Retina MacBook Pro refresh expected tomorrow, still with GeForce GT 750M but base RAM up to 16GB”

  1. jpluimers says:

    Is this a prologue of upcoming 32GB Retina MacBook Pro machines?

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  2. patstar5 says:

    Still don’t know what to get, surface pro 3 or MacBook pro/air. I think I should upgrade my mid 2010 MacBook pro. How much is 500gb ssd? $200? Where could I take it to be installed, last time I tried upgrading ram I fried something with the screen and paid $350 at Apple store for them to fix it. So I don’t want to do it myself.

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  3. Joshua Loh says:

    can’t they at least put the gtx780M? i know it’s not a latest but since it’s a ‘modest’ upgrade they wouldn’t be putting like the gtx8XXm series, but at least a 780m!

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  4. Any news on the 13″ Retina MacBook Pros? The picture from the Chinese site yesterday only focused on the 15″ ones.

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  5. So, Apple is going to release these this week and then another refresh in a few months?

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  6. chrisw52 says:

    is this a completely sealed box or can I upgrade on my own?

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  7. Grrr. This is frustrating. I’m in the market for a MBP right now, but I don’t want to be the guy who buys one and the refresh comes out 60 days later with more power for the same price :-)

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    • Stetson says:

      You could buy a certified refurbished MBP from Apple. That way you save a couple hundred bucks and it doesn’t hurt so badly when new ones come out.

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    • apex0predator says:

      In all likelihood the next refresh after this one is due Q2 2015 with new Broadwell chips, If you need rMBP right now just get these when they come out tomorrow.

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    • Hey, I’m the guy who bought the Retina MacBook Pro as soon as it was available last year, and maxed out all the specs. Still hurts that the base model will have a better processor and include the same sized SSD for the base price. I paid $700 for those upgrades.

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  8. Would love to see a price drop as well.

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    • apex0predator says:

      Prices are staying where they are, I double checked the price on the Chinese leak against the price currently listed on apple.com/cn and they are the same. It is likely Apple choose to include more RAM on the base model instead of dropping price.

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    • I’m sorry but I bought my rMBP as soon as it was available last year, and maxed out all of the specs. This upgrade will make the base model equivalent to my machine. I paid $700 for those upgrades, so you could consider it a $700 price drop. I’ll be damned if you get anymore.

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  9. I just bought the top line macbook pro 15″ 4 days ago!!! I want to return it and get the slight upgraded one.

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    • apex0predator says:

      Do it tomorrow if these indeed come out then. You got nothing to lose really.

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    • If you bought it from Apple Store, from what I hear they’re really good about exchanging for the upgrade. If they don’t exchange it, they could offer you cash or in-store credit.

      PS If they don’t release the upgrade tomorrow I might consider returning the computer and holding off until they do.

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  10. Some update is coming. For our store all retina model are Out of stock and have ETA’s of 08/04-08/07. Some definitely an update imo.

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  11. godofbiscuits says:

    But will it have HDMI 2.0?

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  12. stephen2697 says:

    I took the liberty to confirm that the first two models will stay the same prices at €2049 & €2649. However the third model which is new will cost a whopping €3,349 ($3,299). Would been nice if 9to5 could of done this themselves! But its not a problem and i love 9to5 anyway!

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  13. Just like a few of you, I’m in the market for a new rMBP. My late-2009 is lagging to say the least. Should I wait until the fall to get a new Pro or wait for the Broadwell chip in 2015 ?? Is the Broadwell a serious game-changer?

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  14. that GPU is not good enough… forget this upgrade cycle !

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