Apple MacBook Pro Retina laptop: The new model vs. the old

Apple has upgraded the specifications of the MacBook Pro Retina. Here is a quick look at what the new machines have to offer.

Published Date
23 - Oct - 2013
| Last Updated
23 - Oct - 2013
 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina laptop: The new model vs. the old

At the Apple event last night, the MacBook Pro Retina got an update. Apple has removed the regular 15-inch laptop from its portfolio leaving only the Retina display devices. There is only one 13-inch non retina laptop available. The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is priced at Rs. 99,900 where as the top of the Line 15-inch variant is priced at Rs. 1,99,900.

The upgraded machines bring with them a slew of features including Haswell, OS X Mavericks, better battery life, slimmer form factor, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi and more. Here is a specifications comparison between the 2012 Retina MacBook Pros and the ones launched last night.

Haswell Chipset

The 2013 MacBook Pros now run on the Intel Haswell chipset. Apple recently updated the MacBook Air with Haswell and the update for the MacBook Pro Retina was long overdue. With the new chipset, Apple claims that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will last for 9-hours and the 15-inch will last for 8-hours. Last years Retina 13 and 15-inchers claimed a battery life of 7-hours. So it’s clear that you will get better battery life from the new MacBook Pros. 

Particulars2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (entry Level model)2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch mid-range model)2012 MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (entry Level model)2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (entry Level model)2012 MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (entry Level model)
Processor2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
RAM4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
Storage128GB SSD256GB SSD128GB SSD256GB SSD256GB SSD
Weight1.57kgs1.57kgs1.62kgs2.02kgs2.02kgs
Thickness0.71-inches0.71-inches0.75-inch0.71-inches0.71-inches
GraphicsIntel Iris GraphicsIntel Iris GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000Intel Iris Pro GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Wi-Fi802.11ac Wi Fi wireless networking802.11ac Wi Fi wireless networking802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking802.11ac Wi Fi wireless networking802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking
Price99,900114,90099,900149,900152,900

 

13-inch is lighter and thinner

As you can see from the table above, the 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is 0.05 kgs lighter and 0.04-inches slimmer than its predecessor. This might not be much but the fact that some weight has been shed is a very good thing.

RAM cut on the entry level 13-inch

This is the only disappointing feature about the 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina. Last years entry-level model housed 8GB of RAM but this year’s entry-level model has been reduced to 4GB and that is a bummer.

Better value for the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina

The 2012 entry level 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina was priced at Rs. 1,52,900. The 2013 version has been priced at Rs. 1,49,900.

Next gen Thunderbolt

Both the 13-inch and 15inch 2013 MacBook Pro house the next generation Thunderbolt ports, Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 brings with it better data transfer speeds. The Thunderbolt 2 has data transfer speed of 20GB/s where as the 2012 model had 10GB/s speed. Thunderbolt 2 also supports 4K displays.
 

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