MacBook Pro gets Intel's Haswell

Apple puts Intel's latest chip in its thinner, lighter MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro gets Intel's Haswell. The 15-incher get Crystalwell graphics.
MacBook Pro gets Intel's Haswell. The 15-incher get Crystalwell graphics. CNET

Apple has updated its MacBook Pros with the latest chips from Intel -- that would be Haswell and Crystalwell.

Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro will pack a Core i5 and/or i7 Haswell CPU.

The quad-core 15-incher will add Intel's Crystalwell graphics silicon, while the 13-incher will use Intel's Iris graphics.

Apple claims Iris Pro and Crystalwell (the eDRAM component) provides standalone "discrete" graphics chip-level performance.

Generally, Haswell means faster graphics and longer battery life. Apple is claiming 9 hours of "wireless web" battery life for the 13-inch and 8 hours for the 15-inch MBP.

The 13-inch MBP now starts at $1,299 and 15-inch at $1,999. Both constitute $200 price cuts from previous 13- and 15-inch models.

Note that the MacBook Air already includes Haswell.

New 13-inch MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter than the previous version.
New 13-inch MacBook Pro is thinner, lighter than the previous version. CNET
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Correction at 11:30 a.m. PT: The original version of this story had several details wrong about the new notebooks.

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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