When Apple announced the updates to its 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air notebooks back in June at WWDC, many wondered why there weren’t any updates for the MacBook Pro – and now we know why. As rumored, the company was waiting for the new chipsets to support Intel’s twice-as-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology.
Considering what you got, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display was already pretty thin, though substantially heavier than the company’s 13-inch MacBook Air. Things have gotten a little bit better in each department, with the new 13-inch MBP coming in at 3.46 pounds, and a constant thickness of 0.71 inches.
Inside is a dual-core, 4th gen Intel Haswell Core i5 or Core i7 CPU. Partnered with Haswell (which is largely responsible for the machine’s increased battery life) is Intel’s new Iris integrated GPU – both of which help to get a promised 9 hours out of the non-replaceable battery.
There’s also the PCIe-based flash storage drive, which premiered in the 11- and 13-inch MacBooks Air, as well as Thunderbolt 2, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Shipping today, the starting configuration includes a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU with Iris graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 2560×1600 Retina Display, and a 128GB PCIe flash drive, all for $1299.
There was no word of an upgrade to the company’s rumored best-selling laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Retina Display). It’s possible that with the new, lowered price, the company may have decided to kill off its final laptop with optical drive.