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First Look: MacBook Pros get faster processors, improved battery

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First Look: MacBook Pros get faster processors, improved battery

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Apple refreshes its 13- and 15-inch MacBook line, with improved processing power and better battery life.

I'm Dan Ackerman and we are at Apple's press event where they have announced a very anxiously awaited update to the MacBook Pro line of laptops first obtained in MacBook Air earlier this year and then very recently to the iMac. Now the MacBook Pro at least a version with the Retina Display has Intel's 4th-generation Core i series processor sometimes known by the codename Haswell, and that means they are now up to date along with most of the other premium laptops that we've seen in the 2nd half of 2013. Now what these Intel chips give you is largely better performance, better integrated graphics than you have from previous generations but more importantly better battery life in our benchmark test with already released systems that have these new CPU's to prove that. You do get much better battery life. In fact the 13-inch MacBook Air ran from the same 12 hours on our battery drain test. Apple says that the 13-inch version of the Retina MacBook Pro is gonna run for 9 hours and the 15-inch version is gonna run for 8 hours and of course you get, you know, largely better performance. You do get that super high-res screen. You get a bunch of the other updates that we've seen come to both MacBooks and some other laptops this year, 802.11ac. They've got the faster PCIe version of your SSD memory so that's a little bit quicker. You've got Thunderbolt 2 in the 13-inch version of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. You get an Intel Core i5 processor. You get 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 128-gigabyte SSD and then the 15-inch version they bump that up to a Core i7 and a 256-gigabyte SSD which they chiefly described as a quarter terabyte of storage space. One more interesting thing, they did the same thing with these models that they did with the 13-inch MacBook. You know they actually cut the price. It's now $1299 for the 13-inch version and $1999 for the 15-inch version, and these guys are available immediately. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

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