Benchmarks: Apple’s upgraded MacBook Pro with Retina display lineup

“Last week Apple quietly updated their Retina MacBook Pro lineup with faster processors,” John Poole reports for Primate Labs.

“The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.4 GHz, 2.7 GHz, or a 2.8 GHz quad-core processor,” Poole reports. “The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.5 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.9 GHz, or 3.0 GHz dual-core processor.”

Poole reports, “How do these new Retina MacBook Pro models perform compared to the original models? To find out I’ve collected Geekbench 2 results from the Geekbench Browser for all of the Retina MacBook Pro models… The new processors bring between a 3% to 5% increase in performance to each MacBook Pro model according to the Geekbench 2 scores.”

Much more in the full article here.


  1. Paul: save the cynicism for someone who likes whine.

    I think Poole is onto something when he concludes, “With Haswell, Intel’s new processor architecture, at least four months away, I’m not surprised Apple updated the Retina MacBook Pro lineup with the latest Ivy Bridge processors. I am surprised Apple didn’t update the MacBook Pro lineup at the same time. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro come with the older Ivy Bridge processors (although you can upgrade the 15-inch MacBook Pro to the newer Ivy Bridge processors). I wonder if this is an indication that the Retina MacBook Pro is more popular than the MacBook Pro, or perhaps that this is the last generation of the MacBook Pro.”

    Apple might as well roll out Retina displays across all its “Pro” products. It might also consider updating its TB & Cinema Displays to a more competitive point (in performance and in price).

    1. The subject of your linked article was the 4th gen iPad that Apple fumbled the release on last year. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the MacBook Pro Retina. It’s also a frivolous lawsuit that any sane judge would throw out.

      Project much?

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