New MacBook Pros: Finally, the Grown-Ups Get Haswell

By Chris Mills on at

Although the vast majority of laptops have got the Haswell love over the course of the past few months, Apple have taken their sweet time sticking Intel's latest and greatest silicon in their flagship laptop. But it looks like it's been worth the wait.


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The new Pros are, unsurprisingly, thinner and lighter than their predecessors. Otherwise, though, the hardware is pretty much identical -- rounded off corners, aluminium unibody. One big difference is that it's only Retina MacBook Pros from now on -- so there's only two of the suckers in the line-up: the 13-inch and 15-inch, both sporting that luscious display.

As expected, Apple's also updated its Pros with Intel's kickass Haswell processor. What does that mean? Better battery life and crazy integrated graphics, for starters.

That gives you up to nine hours of battery life, faster graphics, and so much more. In the graphics department, this chip is 90 percent faster than its predecessor. So while it's not a difference you'll see, it's something you'll definitely notice if you get a new MacBook Pro. You also get the faster PCIe storage and quicker 802.11ac Wi-Fi from the new MacBook Airs.

The base 13-incher ships with a 2.4 GHz Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM and 128GB SSD, whereas the 15-inch MBP packs a quad-core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.

Perhaps the most significant thing here is the price drop -- down by $200 for both models in the US, so probably around a £100-150 price drop here in the UK. Both the 15-inch and 13-inch are available today.