MacBook Pro with Retina: Sweetly priced


    Oct 24, 2013

    MacBook Pro with Retina: Sweetly priced

    THE new line-up of MacBook Pro laptops offers the same basic design and gorgeous Retina display, but are strikingly faster and slightly cheaper.

    The 13-inch model is lighter (under 1.6kg), slimmer (1.8cm thick) and has a battery that now lasts nine hours.

    It has integrated graphics and Thunderbolt 2, which could help drive external Retina displays. The flash-based storage is faster, and this laptop comes with a faster Wi-Fi chip.

    The prices are sweet. The 13-inch model now starts at US$1,299 (S$1,600) - instead of US$1,499 - which gets you a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and the Intel Iris graphics chip.

    The 15-inch MacBook Pro features Intel's fourth-generation Crystalwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics.

    It packs a battery life of eight hours, along with Thunderbolt 2, faster Wi-Fi, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. It now sells for US$1,999 instead of US$2,199.

    The new MacBook Pro machines ship with OS X Maverick, and Apple's iLife and iWork apps will come free too.