Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air

Apple today updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the all-new Force Touch trackpad, fifth generation Intel Core processors and Intel Iris Graphics 6100, two times faster flash and longer battery life, bringing even more performance and capabilities to our pro customers. Apple also today updated the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air with fifth generation Intel Core processors, Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, and added up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air, making the perfect everyday notebooks even better.

“Today the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a statement. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics, and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.”

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac®. The new trackpad features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive and uniform feel. You can even customize the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called Force Click, a click followed by a deeper press, for tasks like pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file.

The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features fifth generation Intel Core processors up to 3.1 GHz, with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.4 GHz, faster integrated Intel Iris Graphics 6100, and flash storage that is up to two times faster, with throughput up to 1.6GBps. In addition, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now delivers up to 10 hours of battery life and up to 12 hours of iTunes® movie playback.

The updated 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air now feature fifth generation Intel Core processors up to 2.2 GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000, and Thunderbolt 2, delivering up to 20Gbps, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation. The 13-inch MacBook Air also features faster flash storage that is up to two times faster than the previous generation.

Every new Mac comes with OS X® Yosemite, a powerful new version of OS X, redesigned and refined with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing Continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever.

iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto, and Pages, Numbers and Keynote come free with every new Mac. iMovie lets you easily create beautiful movies, you can use GarageBand to make new music or learn to play piano or guitar and you can edit and share your best shots with iPhoto. Pages, Numbers and Keynote, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud let you create a document on iPhone or iPad, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC. The new Photos for OS X app keeps your growing photo and video collection automatically organized and easy to navigate and will be included in an OS X Yosemite update this spring.

Pricing & Availability

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,299 (US); with a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,499 (US); and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $1,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include a faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processor up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.

MacBook Air is available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $899 (US), and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,099 (US). The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.6 GHz processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $999 (US), and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,199 (US). Configure-to-order options include a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, up to 8GB of memory and up to 512GB flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.

More info here.

Source: Apple Inc.

29 Comments

  1. I wish they had just abandoned Air and Pro and just did two sizes of the new MacBook. The line up seems all over the place. And why space gray why not space black like the watch. Can’t wait either way. I guess I’ll get a MacBook and then upgrade again when bigger ones come out.

    1. The Air and Pro serve completely different purposes, which is why the have drastically different features. They both offer a 13″ screen model. The similarities end there.

      Consolidating into one model would mean compromises for the target customer of either one.

      1. The Macbook Air is now heavier and thicker than the Macbook. So what’s the point of the AIr in this line-up?

        It’s a total head scratchier to me. The Air has more wired ports…. so maybe it is for people who want a very light and thin laptop, but not too light or too thin, and want to connect it to microphone to thunderbolt devices, but don’t want to use the appropriate USB-C adapters for it. Is this a big demographic I don’t know about?

        1. Certainly weird when this machine feels like it should really be a new generation Air. But in reality I expect price and ports combine to make it a little too early to remove the Airs which will likely take on much of this format in time or be phased out as other MacBooks fully take over onc the loss of ports is less of a problem. Quite similar situation in reverse when the original Air debuted and showed the future direction while not replacing other models immediately.

          1. Apple, as it grows, is far more conservative when it comes to discontinuing products. They’re big enough to support both lines, but if sales of the Macbook eclipse the Air, expect to see the air discontinued.

            Given it’s using a BRAND new connector, that along will get people riled up. The Macbook (now in gold) is an early adopter and traveler’s laptop right now. As I recall, they did the same with the Air. They kept the Macbook around for a while.

            Besides, seeing the two side by side in the store will make it easier for people to decide.

    2. It is confusing why Apple would choose to offer 11″, 12″, and 13″ netbooks. That is what a MacBook Air is, right? Clearly not useful for anyone on the road today who needs to plug in external drives, USB sticks, all kinds of different video cables, or PCI and SD cards. Like it or not, those things are still really useful out in the real world.

      Apple once again gives 15″ and bigger Mac users no love.

      1. The MBAs have USB, and TB so you can connect any drive or display you want. The 13″ has a SD slot. So they are very useful. Does any new notebook come with a PCI slot? With an i5 SoC they are not a “netbook”. They are for professionals who travel a lot, but don’t do heavy graphics work.

        The new MB’s are close to a netbook with the Core M. However with Retina and a usable trackpad it blows any netbook away.

        Agreed on the 15″ MBP, maybe there will be a big upgrade later this year.

        1. All I wanted was an Air with a retina display. I don’t need lighter or longer battery life. I want more power than the new MacBook and a screen that won’t feel cramped. I could forgive the low power chip in the MacBook and the lack of ports if they’d have provided TWO more things: 1) 14″ screen. 2) A free USB3 to USB-C adapter. So now I’ll just hang on to my existing MBA for another year and hope they come out with a better offering. Sale lost.

    3. When Apple abandons the Pro it loses me as a customer. This configuration is useless to me. Sorry, but I actually use the ports of my MacBooks, almost always several at once.

      Maybe Apple should start marketing a batman tool belt so you can carry around all the adapters you need with all the latest Apple products.

  2. Intel Core M? Oh well. It’s very pretty. It will fit nicely into a woman’s slim leather briefcase.

    Apple has become such a feminine brand. And before you go ape shit on me, that’s not such a bad thing, IMHO. From the hardware to the software it’s got this “haute technologie” panache that probably draws more women in than any other technology brand. I believe this is the Ive signature.

    Thin, thin, thin. Beauty, beauty, beauty. It’s more of a feminine lifestyle message than a technology brand. Is there any other technology brand? Oh yeah, Tesla. Tesla, in contrast, is very masculine.

    This is fantastic for Apple. Fashion sells. For old school types like me though, there a subconscious sense emerging that this stuff is a bit too “foo foo.”

    It’s that same weird reaction I’ve had when a woman reading a fashion magazine smells a scratch-n-sniff insert and asks me if I like it. I don’t know what to say. I just say “Yeah.” It’s a bit of a foreign world to me.

    Apple is or has become the brand for the high powered executive supermom jogging through the high end suburb, while pushing the $850 Origami stroller, and talking to her staff at the office. Again, for Apple, this is fantastic.

    The funny thing is that while I say I don’t respond to fashion, it’s making me “feel” like I’m a bit of a phony if I use it. I’m not rich. I’m certainly not “haute.” The word panache will never be used to describe me in any way.

    Apple is Felix Ungar, and I’m Oscar Madison. Apple is Angela Ahrendts and Burberry. I’m dinner from a can of beans without cooking, and a single malt, neat.

    Long ago, (really long ago) Esquire ran an article that claimed the Mac vs. PC wars weren’t about which was best, but about who you are.

    I’m just feeling like Apple isn’t me anymore. I need USB ports, thunderbolt ports, firewire ports, ports and more ports and they’re engineering the utility out of their devices.

    Apple is San Francisco Pride Parades, I’m South Central Los Angeles and 2nd amendment rights. I’m sure Tim Cook would tell me to not let the door knob hit me because we all know what “diversity” really means.

    Apple is Michael Bublé and Zac Efron. I’m still lingering in a Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum world.

    I’ve always been iconoclastic. When Apple was a pariah in the world of IT, it was a pleasure to demonstrate my independence by using Apple products. Other IT people would ask, “What is wrong with you?” Now it’s becoming the preferred brand of IT guys as well. You’re cool if you carry a MacBook Pro even though you manage a zillion Windows PCs.

    I’ve got clients who buy Macs just to run Windows. They won’t let me talk them out of it. They want that Apple “look.” It’s not about the capabilities of OS X, it’s about the perception of success.

    Speaking of OS X, it is the center of my Apple world. Since Jony Ive got a hold of it, it’s much more buggy, but much more fashionable also. Very thin. Notifications are nice, but I’d really like a new underlying robust, future forward file system.

    Interestingly I find myself doing things now like building a LINUX machine in a DEEPCOOL PENTOWER case. Very manly computer.

    That new MacBook in Gold and Silver and Space Grey sure is purdy. But I strangely find myself eyeballing the Dell XPS 13 Developer edition with Ubuntu LINUX pre installed.

    not just the computers. I’m also drifting away from things like Apple Airports. My next WiFi router will likely be a D-Link AC5300 which looks more like some kind of cyber-insect than a router with all the antennas. Wow. Antennas on the outside. Jony Ive would have a fit.

    Maybe I should take a shower, and put on some expensive cologne. Wait, I don’t own any cologne.

    1. I used to think like you. However the new Macbook has just one port that has the charging, usb and display port in one “hole”. Right now the Elgato thunderbolt dock has ALMOST what you need. In about 2 months someone will have Macbook charging FROM a thunderbolt dock. Basically if you get this Macbook buy yourself a dock for it. You’ll be glad you did and your manhood won’t be upset. Stop thinking like a dinosaur.

      As for me, I really want an updated 17″ Macbook with everything a Macbook Pro has. I just want a BIG screen. I’m a monitor hog. On my desk right now is a 27″ iMac with a 32″ monitor and a 15.6″ Windows laptop with a 24″ monitor. That’s called “screen real estate”. What I have figured out is a 17″ Mac laptop will fit on an airplane tray table……. 🙂

      1. But that’s the whole point. If you buy a laptop you Do Not want to have to buy a bloody adapter just to make it useful.
        This is another example of form over function.
        A phone should fit neatly in your trouser pocket, a laptop should connect to other stuff like a monitor without a seperate adapter and this drive for everything to weigh nothing will ultimately end up with it doing nothing (worthwhile) as a result

        1. The new MacBook is a laptop for people who almost never connect their laptop to any other peripheral, and only occasionally intend to use a flash drive.

          Which probably describes the actual behavior of a lot of laptop owners, if not their stated use intent.

    2. Brilliantly written. If I hadn’t been reading you for some time I would swear that it’s been written by a gifted Madison Ave. firm that’s been hired by a consortium representing just about every competitor Apple has in every category. They really should be scared out of their wits. Apple just lapped them. Quite a day.

    3. That was impressive. I have not thought of it that way, but I do see the male/female aspect. The 15″ R MBP was the replacement for the 17″. Be honest, the 17″ was more a desktop replacement than a laptop. Apple has gone for ultra portable, and for a lot of pros that is more important.

      I do get the fem thing, but don’t think that is gay. Hollywood has not figured this out either. My friends and I hate chick flicks that make the girl a guy. We want fast cars and explosions, with a guy guy kiss somewhere, F drama. I have to say TV is almost all for women today. I get the lets put some masculine stuff out there again.

      It could be a Asia thing too. China is clearly Apple’s big push now. How much of their pop culture looks fem, especially to the U.S. The new MB is a return to consumer notebooks, mostly for China.

      1. This was a reply to Thelonious Mac. I FU and put it here. He really put a lot of thought into what he wrote. It’s nice to see that. I agree with a lot of what he said. I completely get the manly part. I wish he would look beyond sexuality, along with a lot of other people. The oldest US gay male organization is a motorcycle club. Started in the 50’s. It’s to manly for history, could destroy stereotypes. There are other reasons for the changes at Apple. I think China is a big one.

    4. Dude get your heavy, chunky black plastic Dell and STFU already. We’re all dumber for having read even halfway through your Adderall-fueled word vomit.

    5. You are dead right. Apple has abandoned the DIY, creative, defiant sorts. Yet it’s not feminine exactly. It is effeminate, though (with the new Mac Pro an exception).

      The thin factor is high fashion reflecting fashion’s interest in prepubescent boys — think about it. Many/most male fashion designers are homosexual, and their models are always rail-thin and flat-chested. Sure there are some physical reasons for that (models as coathangers), but you can’t deny the homosexualization of fashion, either. Apple’s aesthetic reflects this.

      In fact, I wonder how much of this is intentional and how much of it is just a result of the same river producing the same effect, whether in fashion or design. Think about models again — they are disposable people. What does Apple increasingly make? Disposable devices. Outfits are discarded yearly if not more often. You upgrade your phone every year or two.

      It’s sad, the trend to a disposable society, where nothing lasts and nothing can be changed after the fact — it’s buy and discard, buy and discard. What this does to the concept of ownership is damage it quite a bit; why buy when you can rent and just keep renting the newest devices? You don’t own them; you rent your storage space in the cloud; you rent your software.

      I’m not sure Apple has thought too much about where they are headed, or worse, they have.

  3. But can I replace my own hard drive when it fails? Can I upgrade my own Ram and not get hammed by Apple for it? NO, sorry no sale. I’m not going to pay a fortune and let my data leave my personal safety so some Apple Jeti master can fix it for me.

  4. I’m still waiting for a convertible touch screen Macbook with a pressure-sensitive screen that uses the Wacom handwriting recognition software I can find in dozens of Windows machines. I have an iPad and stylus but the pressure sensitivity is in the stylus, not the screen, and it doesn’t work as well as a $1000 HP EliteBook. A ModBook is too expensive and doesn’t have a keyboard. A Cintiq would be OK but it would be a separate device. I really don’t want to deal with Windows but Apple is not making what I need.

    1. Bingo. Apple has stopped making the Mac configurations that people want. For the first time in a long while, the people I know who are buying Macs are finding limitations and forced to carry all kinds of accessories that used to be built in. Many are not happy at all with the “netbook + iCloud is what you want” direction. They don’t bother to deliver the most capable machines anymore, and Apple has continued to abandon professional software and services. This is just one more nail in the coffin of the Mac platform. Problem is, fashionistas will buy these by the tens of millions to do their internet surfing on the sofa, and Apple will think it’s the right thing. But anyone who does real work will have to buy a different machine — most likely a machine that Apple no longer makes because of its current stupid minimalism-to-the-max philosophy.

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