This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Blink and you'll miss the small tweaks to this year's MacBook Pro

About Video Transcript

First Look: Blink and you'll miss the small tweaks to this year's MacBook Pro

2:48 /

Apple has given some of its powerful laptops faster processors, plus RAM boosts and price cuts for others, but there's no major overhaul.

Waiting for something new this year from Apple? Well, I've got a little update right here for ya. I am Dan Ackerman and this is the Apple Macbook Pro with retina display, the 15 inch version, from mid 2014. Now, what Apple has done with the Retina MacBook Pro is the same thing they did earlier in 2014. With the MacBook Air. And also with the iMac desktops. They kept the outside look pretty much exactly the same. But they've updated some of the components inside, most notable the CPUs. And in some cases, they've added some price cuts to them. The MacBook Airs went down by 100 bucks. The new, less expensive 21.5 inch iMac. And for the, retina MacBook Pro line, the most expensive 15 inch now costs 100 dollars or less, the other ones cost the same, this is the entry level model, if you can use the term entry level to describe something that costs. $2,000, at the $1,999, and what you get new in this year's version versus last year's, across the retina pro line, is a slightly, slightly, slightly faster CPU. Just a very modest spec bump. A bunch of them doubled the ram, from either 4 gigs to 8 gigs or in this case to 16 gigs. Other than that, you got the same pretty big SSDs, a 256 gig SSD in this one, a 512 in the more expensive version, that's $24.99 for that more expensive version. But if you stick with this one, you also lose out on the discrete Nvidia graphics, this guy just uses Intel's integrated Iris pro graphic. Of course you still get the main highlight of that MacBook pro line, which is that retina display, that super high resolution display. Over the last year or two and this is the third year in a row that Apple's making these retina systems, we've seen more and more, I call them better than HD displays from other pc makers. Toshiba even has a 4K display in a 15 inch laptop and of course Lenovo and Toshiba and other guys have, you know, better than HD displays. It's almost a common thing now in a premium laptop and we're talking about these prices you definitely consider this a premium laptop. This model versus the one from last year. Performance is, is a hare better because of the faster CPU. Battery life is about the same, still 9 hours, still very good for a high powered, premium laptop. The main difference is, you're getting that slight CPU bump, you've got more ram, but other than that if you have an older 15" retina Macbook pro there's really no need to update. But if you've been waiting. They've given it just a tiny bit of a boost, even though this model didn't get that small price cut that some of the other ones did. I'd love to see this for 100 to $200 less. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina display. [MUSIC]

New releases

The CNET bloopers of 2014
4:20 December 22, 2014
Another year is almost over, so it's time for another round of seeing CNET editors trying their best and making us laugh at the same...
Play video
Denon AVR-S500BT receiver offers much for little
1:39 December 22, 2014
While the AVR-S500BT is one of Denon's least expensive receivers its features line up is surprisingly generous, and movie and music...
Play video
Outrageous style for new Nissan Murano
5:01 December 22, 2014
The new Nissan Murano may take its looks to the extreme, but we found it a very comfortable and accommodating driver.
Play video
Smarter driver: Are older drivers less dangerous?
1:40 December 22, 2014
Conventional wisdom holds that elderly drivers are more dangerous. But Brian Cooley tells you why that may not be the case.
Play video
Car Tech 101: MPGe explained
2:59 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley drills down on the new metric for rating MPG in cars like the BMW i8, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
Play video
On the road: 2014 BMW i8
5:37 December 22, 2014
With its sculptured skin, gullwing doors and plugin-in hybrid drivetrain, BMW looks to the future with its new i8.
Play video
Tracking Santa with help from Microsoft, Google
2:55 December 22, 2014
Bridget Carey highlights Santa-tracking tools for Christmas Eve, how you can browse department-store window displays on Google Maps,...
Play video
Top 5: Car Tech of 2015
3:25 December 22, 2014
Brian Cooley offers up his top five car technology trends to watch in 2015. Are fuel cell cars on the list? Find out.
Play video