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Blink and you'll miss the small tweaks to this year's MacBook ProApple 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]