As we reported earlier in the week, Apple has just updated its MacBook Pro 15″ model (a little earlier than expected), and also slashed prices of its latest 5K resolution iMac, in addition to introducing a slightly more affordable model with lower specs but still with the same unbelievable screen.
So if you’re after a new Mac and were considering either of those two models, now’s a great time to buy…
MacBook Pro 15″ updated
On Tuesday Apple issued the update to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, with faster Intel processors and the pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad.
The new trackpad was already available on the recently-updated 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new super-slim 12-inch MacBook. It has built-in force sensors and a special ‘Taptic Engine” that delivers haptic feedback to the user. You can click anywhere on the trackpad and the feel is exactly the same, and it’s even possible to customise the amount of pressure needed for each click. It doesn’t sound particularly thrilling, but it’s an absolute joy to use, and must be the best trackpad available on any machine.
Force Touch also opens up more gestures, include a deeper, harder click, which developers can use to augment their apps with new functionality.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core 87 chip, and a more expensive model with a 2.5 GHz processor and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics card rather than the integrated Intel one that comes on the base model.
The chips however are not Intel’s latest “Broadwell” CPUs, which are still unavailable in quad-core versions. That means Apple is still using the previous-gen “Haswell” line, though at faster speeds.
“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
The new model also comes with 2.5 x faster flash storage than the last model, with read/write speeds of 2 GBytes per second – that’s extremely fast for an SSD-type storage device.
The new MacBook Pro 15-inch is listed on the Thai Apple Store website for purchase.
iMac reduced in price, additional model added
On Tuesday Apple also unveiled a new entry-level configuration for its ultra hi-res 5K iMac, and dropped the top end model’s price to $2,299, making it somewhat cheaper for consumers to get their hands on Apple’s insanely great display. Don’t forget that you can’t buy a decent PC and even a 4K screen for the price of the top-end iMac 5K, so people who might say it’s expensive need to take into account the cost of a monitor too. 5K is a higher resolution than any other monitor on the market today, and looks stunning.
The new $1,999 config includes a 3.3 GHz quad-core i5, and AMD Radeon R9 M290, 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of internal storage, as well as 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports (which are faster than USB by quite a margin).
The top-end model retains the same specs as before (just introduced in the autumn last year) but shaves $200 off the price.
“Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made”, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said in a release.
SOURCE: Apple website.