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New MacBook Pro Retina Release Date Announced with Price Cut

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Apple announced a new MacBook Pro Retina release date today with a $200 price drop, faster storage, a new design for the new MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch model that trims the weight and the thickness.

Each of the new MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 models comes with an Intel Haswell processor that is a key component of the new MacBook Pro bringing the long battery life we saw on the new MacBook Air to the MacBook Pro line along with OS X Mavericks.

Apple also adds Thunderbolt 2 connectivity to the new MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 update which will expand the ability to connect displays, storage and accessories to the new MacBook Pro. This is especially important as the new MacBook Pro Retina does not allow users to add storage or RAM down the line.

Apple announces the the new MacBook Pro release date is, today.

Apple announces the the new MacBook Pro release date is, today.

New MacBook Pro Retina 13-Inch

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is thinner and lighter than the current MacBook Pro Retina, dropping down to .71-inch thick and to 3.46 pounds.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina late-2013 model is cheaper, thinner and delivers longer battery life.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina late-2013 model is cheaper, thinner and delivers longer battery life.

Apple also added the Intel 4th generation processor that starts at a dual core Intel i5 4th generation processor on the base model and new Iris graphics which should help deliver a better graphics workhorse, though not at the same power as the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina. The notebook still starts at 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, but with a new lower $1,299 entry-level price. Users also get faster PCIe flash for improved performance. Users also gain access to faster 802.11ac WiFi.

The new MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch is thinner and lighter.

The new MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch is thinner and lighter.

The new MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch delivers an extra 2 hours of battery life, bumping up to 9 hours of battery life. Apple is often conservative with battery life claims so this will likely hold up to real world use.

New MacBook Pro Retina 15-Inch

Apple also announced the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 update which comes in the same design and weight, but packs in a lofty upgrade for users.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina late-2013 model is here with longer battery life and a lower price.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina late-2013 model is here with longer battery life and a lower price.

The Intel 4th generation processor brings better battery life as well as new Intel Iris Pro graphics which should help users do more without switching to the dedicated graphics which Apple claims deliver 90% more power. When users need more power the new MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch includes a NVIDIA GPU. Like the smaller MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 update this one includes faster WiFi, new PCIe flash and a price cut.

The 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina late 2013 starts at $1,999 for the base configuration.

Read: Apple Kills MacBook Pro. Long Live the New MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook Pro release date is today, and they will ship with OS X Mavericks installed. Users can order the new MacBook Pro Retina starting today, and it should be in stores later this week.

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2 Comments

  1. Tobias

    10/23/2013 at 5:45 am

    As far as I can see, then the nVidia is only in the more expensive 15 inch version, and not in the base 1.999$ version. When should you go with the nVidia (expensive) solution?

    • Ernest

      10/24/2013 at 2:51 am

      Get the nVidia if you’re a gamer or a 3D graphic designer. Casual/business users won’t see much benefit from it.

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