New 2013 MacBook Pro Gets Significant Spec Bump

Apple has announced today that its flagship MacBook Pro models will be receiving a slew of modest improvements. Here's what the new 13-inch and 15-inch machines will have under their hoods.

As expected, Apple also updated its new MacBook Pros with Intel's kickass Haswell processor. What does that mean? Better battery life and crazy integrated graphics, for starters.

That gives you up to nine hours of battery life, faster graphics and so much more. In the graphics department, this chip is 90 per cent faster than its predecessor. So while it's not a difference you'll see, it's something you'll definitely notice if you get a new MacBook Pro.

On the hardware side, the new 13-inch version is more svelt than its predecessor, just 18mm thick and weighing under 1.36kg. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature a 2.4GHz Core i5 (Haswell) processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD. Its existing retina display capacity will be enhanced by an Intel Iris GPU. It ships today for $1599.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is also receiving a significant upgrade. Apple has packed a 2GHz quad-core i7 with 8GB of DRAM and a 256GB SSD into the machine, as well as an Intel Pro GPU. All this while cutting the price tag down to $2499. It also ships today.

Additionally, both new laptops will run the latest OS X rev, 10.9 Mavericks. Apple has also confirmed that the laptops will feature a Thunderbolt 2 port in addition to an 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio.

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