MacBook Pro Retina Display: A deeper look at the updates


The updated line of Apple's Retina Display MacBook Pro's boasts a number of improvements over last year's model and it spans the gamut from speed to memory.

The update features an improvement on the Haswell processor by around 200 MHz, and a doubling in the RAM for the 15-inch base model from 8 GB to 16 GB.

The doubling in RAM is a welcome boost for memory-hungry users who are used to running multiple apps at once or love video streaming. The laptop also boasts Apple's new operating system, OS X Yosemite.

GeekBench benchmark tests reveal the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro running on an Intel Core i7-4770HQ (2.2 GHz) will crank around 8 percent faster than last year's entry-level MacBook Pro.

The report gave the single-core performance of the laptop a score of 3,050, which is a noticeable improvement on the score of 2,811 from last year's model. The multicore performance of this year's model scored 11,568, another improvement over last year's score of 10,730.

The improvement on performance is not the only enhancement on the 15-inch MacBook Pro line. The devices boast a price drop of $100, which should be another selling point.

While the 13-inch model will keep the same price tag as last year's model, it does boast similar updates as its big brother. The device ships with a 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, between 128- and 512-GB of flash storage, and at least 8 GB of RAM, which is double compared with last year's model.

In case users need more memory and power the laptop can be upgraded to include a 3 GHz i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of flash storage.

As far as the graphics card goes it seems as though Apple has decided to keep the Nvidia GeForce GT-750M. While this graphics card is almost two years old, having improved RAM and processing power should help make graphics run smoother.

The 13-inch model starts at $1,299, while the larger 15-inch model starts at $1,999.

The non-Retina Display line of MacBook Pro's also got some upgrades, and the price of the 13-inch version dropped by $100.

While we have seen a number of Mac-related headlines this year, there may still be more to come, with a possible redesign of the MacBook Pro chassis, as well as a possible iWatch release.

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