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GADGET DESIGNER Apple unveiled a series of updates to its Macbook Pro with Retina display lineup at an event in San Francisco on Tuesday, as well as outing availability details for its Mac Pro desktops.
Apple has added two updated models to its Macbook Pro with Retina display range, which measure 13in and 15in, respectively.
The biggest upgrade to the firm's Macbook Pro lineup is the addition of Intel Haswell, which Apple claims makes the laptops up to 90 percent faster than before, and will offer a boost to battery life. The 13in offfers nine hours of battery life, two hours more than the current generation, according to Apple, while the 15in offers eight hours, one hour more than the older version.
The new Macbook Pro laptops will arrive running Apple's OS X Mavericks operating system, which the firm announced today will be free to existing Mac owners.
The updated 13in Macbook Pro, which retails for £1,099, is also thinner at 19mm and lighter than before at 1.62kg, and should offer faster WiFi thanks to the inclusion of 802.11ac support.
The refreshed 15in Macbook Pro model, weighing 2.02kg and measuring 18mm deep, sees improvements in the graphics department thanks to its new Crystal Iris Pro chip. There's also 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and, like its smaller sibling, WiFi 801.11ac support. This retails for £1,699, and starts shipping from today.
Both the 13in and 15in model will also come with Apple's iWork suite available for free, following in the footsteps of Apple's iOS lineup.
The firm also showed off its Mac Pro computing unit at today's event, first unveiled at its WWDC conference earlier this year. The firm confirmed it will be made available for sale by December and will fetch £2,499 with a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD Firepro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. With a 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, dual AMD Firepro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, the price rises to £3,299.
Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller said this would prove ideal for creative industries such as music, photography and film making where users need powerful machines with top-end specifications. µ
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