…less expensive, better battery life too
Apple’s relentless improvement iterations continue unabated. Macworld’s early benchmarks on Apple’s new base model 13″MacBook Pro with built in Intel Iris Graphics are in and show huge speed gains in graphics performance:
The most impressive improvements in the new laptops came courtesy of the new Iris graphics. Compared to the HD 4000 graphics in the early 2013 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the Iris graphics posted between 45 and 50 percent higher frame rates in Cinebench r15’s OpenGL tests and the Unigine Valley Benchmark. Unigen’s Heaven benchmark showed the new systems with about 65 percent improvement in frame rates over the earlier model.
Iris Graphics also support displays up to 4K at 24Hz, a first for Apple’s entry level Pro laptops.
CPU performance improvement is slight but the Intel Haswell architecture adds a few hours of (Apple’s estimated) battery life while the machine actually got thinner and lighter. Meanwhile, Apple loaded up faster 802.11ac Wifi and speedy Samsung PCIe SSDs up to 1TB and Thunderbolt 2.0.
Price? Dropped $100 to $1299. (we are already seeing discounts/tax advantages in our Products section).
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- Apple discontinues non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch lives on (9to5mac.com)
- Apple event predictions from KGI: Thinner, lighter A7X iPad 5 w/improved camera & gold option (no TouchID), A7 iPad Mini w/Retina, Haswell MacBook Pros (9to5mac.com)
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