Apple has refreshed almost its entire line of MacBook Pro laptops with faster Intel Haswell processors and more RAM as standard. The changes went into effect yesterday, as online Apple stores all went down across the world, before going back live with the new MBPs for sale.
With the exception of the entry-level MacBook Pro, the entire lineup has been updated with slightly faster Intel Haswell processors, and these new models come with a minimum of 8GB RAM as standard. Just as important, these laptops are all cheaper across the board, offering savings of up to RM600 from before.
Beyond these changes, the five refreshed MacBook Pro laptops are pretty much the same as its previous variant. Besides the faster clock speeds, the two base variants for the 13- and 15-inch models now feature double the RAM as standard (8GB and 16GB, respectively).
The new MacBook Pro lineup are as follows:
As a comparison, these are the older models which were available up until yesterday:
As can be seen, the new MacBook Pro lineup is faster than before, but also cheaper at the same time. It has been a strategy of Apple for some time, and these laptops should appeal to a wider audience now that they are (slightly) more competitively-priced. The lowest-end MacBook Pro, which features a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk, is also priced lower than before; it now retails from RM3499.
For those who are wondering, these new updates apply only to the MacBook Pro lineup. There are no refreshed MacBook Air and iMac models released yesterday. Head on to the Apple store for more information on the new MacBook Pro family of laptops.