Apple is apparently ready to get rid off another MacBook Pro model, Digitimes reports. After ditching the 15-inch MacBook Pro with optical drive in late October 2013, the company will also stop manufacturing the only MacBook Pro that still has an optical drive, and which happens to be the cheapest MacBook Pro version available stores, the 13-inch MacBook Pro. More →
“This is the first ultra-compact, “pro-grade” machine from Apple that can last nine hours with the display on.”
It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s another Apple product that’s doing the trumping. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with Retina display, the Haswell-infused 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been my sole computer for the past four weeks. For those who slept right through the announcement, here’s a bit of a refresher: it’s dramatically faster than last year’s model, it’s cheaper, and most impressive of all, it’s thinner.
How thin? At its rear, the 13-inch MacBook Air measures 0.68-inches, whereas the new 13-inch rMBP measures 0.71-inches. (Save your effort reaching for the calculator — this new rig is just 0.03-inches thicker than the MBA’s thickest point.) To boot, Apple dropped the entry price for its smallest pro-grade machine to just $1,299, placing it just $200 north of the baseline 13-inch MacBook Air. For those who spend an embarrassing amount of time in airline seats, Town Cars, and/or questionable-designed hotel rooms, there’s a new champion in town. Read on for my take on Apple’s most fit-for-travel workhorse yet. More →
Apple on Tuesday announced a major refresh to its MacBook Pro lineup, including a thinner and lighter 13-inch models that weighs in at just 3.46 pounds and is just 0.71 inches thin. The new laptops will be the first to incorporate Intel’s Haswell processors, which will deliver a major battery life boost of up to 9 hours. Other specs for the 13-inch Pro include a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is priced starting at just $1,299, a $200 price cut from the last version of the 13-inch Pro, and starts shipping today. More →
Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro with a Retina display may launch later than expected. According to a report from the China Times, a refreshed version of Apple’s high-end MacBook won’t ship until October. Earlier reports had claimed that the computer would arrive in mid-to-late September. The latest rumors suggest that the next-generation MacBook Pro with a Retina Display will be thinner and more powerful than the current model. The new notebook will also reportedly feature Intel Haswell processors that will improve battery life by 50% and a full HD FaceTime camera. Prices for the 13-inch and 15-inch models are expected to be in line with current-generation models.
Apple is sure to announce a variety of new products at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week and a recent leak from 9to5Mac confirms that the company will refresh at least one of its MacBook lines at the annual event. The website obtained SKU information for an unreleased MacBook model and speculates that both the MacBook Pro with a Retina display and MacBook Air may see updates. The latest rumors point to a slimmer 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a full HD iSight camera and Intel’s new Haswell processor. The MacBook Air is expected to see similar updates to its internal hardware, along with a better front-facing camera and an improved microphone system. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled to take place on June 10th in San Francisco.
Apple is expected to debut a number of updated Mac computers during its annual WWDC show this year, and a new report suggests a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro will be among them. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when reporting details surrounding unannounced Apple devices, believes Apple has a number of important tweaks in store for its laptop lineup at WWDC. In a research note picked up by 9to5Mac, Kuo writes that Apple will unveil a slimmer 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro with a full HD iSight camera and Intel’s new Haswell processor, which is said to increase laptop battery life by up to 50%. Kuo also thinks Apple’s MacBook Air lineup will receive similar upgrades — minus the Retina display, of course — but despite the updates, he sees Apple’s laptop sales falling to 12 million units in 2013 from 13.6 million in 2012.
While software is expected to take center stage at Apple’s WWDC keynote this year, a new report claims that we’ll still see some new hardware debut on June 10th in San Francisco. WWDC 2013 tickets sold out in under 3 minutes as excitement among developers boiled over, and all eyes are on iOS 7, which is expected to feature the first major user interface design overhaul iOS has ever seen. We’re not expecting any new iPhones or iPads to debut on stage at WWDC, however. Instead, KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo reports that Apple will unveil several new MacBook computers at WWDC alongside a new version of OS X that should also be shown off during the show. More →
Here’s something that should embarrass Microsoft’s OEM partners: The most reliable Windows PC in the world wasn’t even designed to run on Windows. ZDNet reports that a new study from PC efficiency software vendor Soluto has used “data from its massive online database of PC crashes, hangs, and performance metrics to identify the 10 most reliable Windows PCs you can buy today.” The study found that the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro with Boot Camp installed is “at the top of the list.” Other reliable PCs include the Acer Aspire E1-571, the Dell XPS 13, the Dell Vostro 3560, the Acer Aspire V3-771 and Apple’s 15-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro. Taken all together, then, Apple computers account for 33% of the six most reliable Windows PCs in the world while no PCs produced by the world’s leading vendor HP even crack the top 10.
If having a long-lasting battery is your most important consideration when buying a laptop, then you really don’t have much of an option besides the MacBook Pro. Which?, a renowned consumer product testing publication based in the United Kingdom, last week published the results of its most recent laptop battery life tests and found that the 13-inch Retina-equipped MacBook Pro bested rival offerings that ran on both Windows 8 and Google’s (GOOG) Chrome OS. Overall, Which? found that Apple’s (AAPL) newest 13-inch laptop delivered 388 minutes of web browsing time, or 30 minutes longer than the second-best laptop, the Windows 8-based Acer (2353) Aspire M5-581T. Other laptops studied fared significantly worse, such as the Samsung (005930) Series 3 Chromebook, which delivered 224 minutes of web browsing, and the Windows 8-based Advent Monza T 200, which delivered just 125 minutes of web browsing time.
Apple (AAPL) on Wednesday revealed a surprise update to its laptop lineup. The company announced that its Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro line has received a minor spec update and, more importantly, the laptops’ starting prices have been slashed. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro now starts at $1,499 with 128GB of storage and $1,699 for the 256GB model with a new 2.6 GHz processor. The entry-level 15-inch model now includes a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor and the high-end model now has a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of RAM. Apple also cut the base price of its MacBook Air with a 256GB SSD to $1,399. Apple’s full press release follows below. More →
Apple (AAPL) is reportedly submitting quotation requests to supply chain companies in Taiwan for components related to upcoming refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers. Digitimes cites unnamed supply chain sources in its report, and claims the new refreshed models will not see any major design changes compared to Apple’s current laptop lineup. Will they be as “disappointing” as the iPhone 4S? Digitimes notes that combined global shipments of Apple’s MacBook lineup are expected to reach 17 million units, but sell-through may be less impressive. Apple sold 12.88 million notebook PCs in 2011 and 9.78 million laptops through the first three quarters this year.
Apple (AAPL) famously introduced the world’s first Retina notebook a couple months back, but notably missing was it’s smaller 13-inch brother. Introduced yesterday at the company’s Fall event which also saw the introduction of the iPad mini, brand new iPad, iMac, and Mac mini, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is already shipping to customers and available at some Apple retail locations. As much as I wanted to love the 15-inch version, coming from a 13-inch MacBook Air proved too difficult. The new 13-inch is a beautiful compromise, and only weighs half a pound more than the MacBook Air. The notebooks design is identical to the larger computer, so this makes two options for the best laptop Apple has ever made depending on your screen size preference. I don’t think it’s long before we see the MacBook Air simply turn into the MacBook, with the Retina MacBook Pro obviously just being MacBook Pro. Since I never reviewed the 15-inch laptop, I’m going to review the 13-inch, and I’m excited. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller announced on Tuesday the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The new notebook is 20% thinner and weighs a little over 3.5-pounds. It’s the lightest MBP ever. Schiller said the new 13-inch Retina MBP has richer color, deeper blacks, 29% higher contrast ratio, 75% reduced reflection, IPS for 178-degree viewing angles and 300 nits brightness.