Apple Releases Spec-Bumped Retina MacBook Pro 15″ and Retina iMac 27″
Apple has released updated versions of the Retina iMac 27″ and Retina MacBook Pro 15″. Both models received fairly minor updates to specifications, but offer some notable improvements which make them worthwhile for users considering new Mac hardware. Separately, Apple also released a Lightning Dock charger for iPhone.
The revised 15″ MacBook Pro receives a Force Touch trackpad, which was first introduced earlier in the year on the 13″ Retina MacBook Pro model and 12″ MacBook Retina model Macs. Additionally, the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro has a much faster SSD drive which is said to be 2x faster than the solid state drive it replaced. A small bump to battery life also comes along for the ride. As before, the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro starts at $1999 for the base model with an Iris Pro GPU, and $2499 for the upper-end model with a dedicated discrete GPU.
The updated 27″ Retina iMac with 5k display arrives with a price cut, starting at $1999 for the base configuration, and $2299 for the upper-end model.
Both updated Macs are available to ship in a variety of configurations from 1 to 3 business days.
Aside from Mac hardware, Apple also released a Lightning dock charger for iPhone models, which costs $39.
There was some speculation that more significant Mac hardware upgrades would arrive at WWDC 2015, which begins on June 8, but the release of these spec-bumped 27″ 5K iMac and 15″ Retina MacBook Pro models suggests otherwise, at least for those particular product lines. Nonetheless, WWDC is expected to unveil the next version of OS X 10.11, iOS 9, and an Apple TV update.