Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with Retina display range of laptops with the latest Intel fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processors, bringing them into line with the wider range of Apple systems — after the MacBook Airs and iMacs were updated in recent months.
Apple has opted to start the 13-inch range with a 2.4GHz Core i5 (boosts to 2.9GHz) with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and Iris graphics. The 15-inch range starts with a 2.0GHz Core i7 (boosts to 3.2GHz) with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and Iris Pro graphics. The high-resolution displays give the 13-inch models a 2560x1600 resolution screen, while the 15-inch features 2880x1800.
Apple has kept a previous-generation Intel "Ivy Bridge"-powered low-end MacBook Pro option available without a Retina display.
The updates will be sold with the new Mavericks edition of OS X out of the box.
While prices dropped by US$200 for each entry model in the MacBook Pro with Retina display range, in Australia, prices stepped up significantly, particularly in the 15-inch range. The 13-inch models will start at AU$1599 and the 15 inch at AU$2499.