New 2015 Retina MacBook & Pro
At the Apple Watch launch event on the 9th March, Apple also announced updates to its laptop line. It has brought back the “Macbook”, now using a 12 inch screen and entitled “The New MacBook”. Updates to the Macbook Pro & Air models were also mentioned.
The reason why Apple only briefly mentioned the changes to the new MacBook Pro is that the updates are not exciting. The 13 inch Pro has been updated with the newer processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. The 15” Pro has not been updated yet this year.
New 2015 Retina MacBook / Pro: Specs
The New MacBook gets a radical new physical design it’s super-slim, an edge-to-edge keyboard and a new trackpad and boldly it has only two ports a headphone on one side and a universal USB Type C port on the other, which handles charging and connection to peripherals. The new MacBook Pro design is the same as the previous model, the changes are internal & performance related.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been fitted with a new processor chip the 5th gen Intel Core i5 processors with standard speeds up to 2.9 GHz and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3GHz – and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. And its flash memory is twice as fast at up to 1.6GBps. The Retina MacBook Pro now delivers up to 10 hours of battery life and up to 12 hours of iTunes movie playback.
New 2015 Retina MacBook Pro: Design
There is one change to the physical design of this year’s Retina MacBook Pro: it too gets the Force Touch trackpad that we saw on the new Macbook. According to Apple, this will make a big difference to your day-to-day computing experience:
“The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features the all-new Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac. The new trackpad features built-in force sensors that allow you to click anywhere and haptic feedback that provides a responsive and uniform feel. You can even customise the feel of the trackpad by changing the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The Force Touch trackpad also enables a new gesture called Force Click, a click followed by a deeper press, for tasks like pulling up the definition of a word, quickly seeing a map or glancing at a preview of a file.”
It’s sensitive to different degrees of touch – you can press harder to speed up the fast-forward command on a video player, for instance. Interestingly this is not a new feature, this kind of trackpad was used on a blackberry Storm 2 mobile phone that was released in 2010. It had a double click and provided a small vibrate as feedback.
New 2015 Retina MacBook Pro: New Zealand pricing
As with all laptop computers pricing varies depending on the spec of the device. For 2015 there are three basic starting configurations for the Macbook Pro 13”
- 7GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speed up to 3.1 GHz), 8GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage: starts at NZ$1,999
- 7GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz), 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage: starts at NZ$2,299
- 9GHz Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz), 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage: starts at NZ$27,99
The Macbook comes in 2 basic specs and are priced as follows:
- 256GB flash, 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz, 8GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 5300, NZ$1,999.00
- 512GB flash, 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz, 8GB memory, Intel HD Graphics 5300, NZ$2,399.00