Retina MacBook Pro Models Updated with Faster CPU and More RAM
Apple has updated the entire Retina MacBook Pro lineup with spec bumps, including faster processors and more RAM as standard options.
8GB of RAM is now standard for all 13″ Retina MacBook Pro models, which come with dual-core i5 CPU’s starting at 2.6 GHz, while 16GB of RAM is now standard for the Retina 15″ models, which include quad-core i7 CPU’s starting at 2.2 GHz. Prices for all MacBook Pros with Retina displays remain the same, with the 13″ model beginning at $1299 and the 15″ starting at $1999.
The updated MacBook Pro models qualify for the 2014 Back to School promotion available to students, which includes discounts on hardware and a $100 gift card to the Apple Store.
Those interested in reviewing or buying a new Retina MacBook Pro will find them in Apple Store locations, and available to ship within 24 hours from the Apple Online Store.
Despite the update, it’s worth pointing out that MacRumors speculates todays refresh is a “stopgap measure” until Intel’s more powerful next-generation processors are available next year:
Today’s minor refresh is primarily a stopgap measure until Apple can launch a more significant update to its Retina MacBook Pro line once Intel’s next-generation Broadwell processors hit the market. Broadwell chips appropriate for the MacBook Pro may, however, not arrive until mid-2015.
Thus, if you’re looking to upgrade MacBook Pro hardware but you’re not on a particularly urgent timeline, it may be wise to wait until next year to get more bang for your buck.
Finally, the base model MacBook Pro 13″ which lacks a Retina display received a small price drop, but given the significant improvements offered by the base model Retina 13″ model, the Retina model is generally better recommended.