The new MacBook Pro release date could be weeks away as Apple finishes up the OS X Mavericks 10.9 update for a an anticipated release in late October.
Multiple sources point to a new MacBook Pro and new MacBook Pro with Retina release date this fall and with an Apple event possible in a little over a week, it’s looking more likely that we will see a new MacBook Pro 2013 update in the near future.
Within the last 24 hours Apple pushed the OS X Mavericks GM to developers. This is the final version of Apple’s new operating system designed to bring new features and better power management to Apple’s notebooks, which could combine with the power efficient processor we expect in a new MacBook Pro for even better battery life.
Apple typically releases a GM or Gold Master version of new software several weeks ahead of a public release. The Gold Master version is essentially the same as the public release, unless a major bug is discovered. In 2012, Apple released the OS X 10.8 update on July 9th and 16 days later the public release arrived.
Assuming Apple uses the rumored October 15th event to announce the OS X Mavericks release date we could see it arrive during the week of October 20th.
Rumors also suggest Apple will use this event to unveil a new MacBook Pro 2013 model which we expect will include an Intel Haswell processor. The new Intel 4th generation processors are incredibly power efficient, which in turn means better battery life for new MacBook Pro models.
Apple added versions of this new processor to the MacBook Air in June, pushing battery life out to 12 hours for the 13-inch MacBook Air, a boost of 5 hours, which transformed the way users are able to use the device, going a full day without hunting for a place to plug-in.
The current MacBook Pro notebooks last up to 7 hours on a single charge according to Apple, and we could see a similar boost that will deliver a full day of use on the new MacBook Pro with Retina and MacBook Pro models. The OS X Mavericks update includes the following power saving features which Apple may count on to boost the battery life numbers.
- Smarter Idle – OS X 10.9 allows split seconds of lower power use.
- App Nap – Apps sleep when they are completely hidden from view.
- Safari Power Saver – Safari will ask before running battery hog web features like Flash.
- Better iTunes HD Playback – More efficient for 35% less energy usage.
We expect a new MacBook Pro with Retina and likely a new MacBook Pro update as well. Apple introduced the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina a year ago and last updated the Retina models in February with new processors and better pricing. The regular MacBook Pro models have gone over a year without a spec bump.