Earlier this month Intel introduced new models in their lineup of Haswell mobile CPUs. With the Haswell manufacturing process having matured since its initial launch, Intel was able to bump clock speeds by 200MHz on a handful of their laptop CPUs and those chips have found their way into a refreshed lineup of Macbook Pro laptops from Apple. This update brings CPU speed boosts, and more RAM in the base 13" and 15" models. The new CPU and memory specifications for Apple's new lineup are shown below.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display Lineup
Model 13-inch (base and mid-tier) 13-inch (flagship) 15-inch (base) 15-inch (flagship)
Old CPU 2.4GHz Core i5-4258U 2.6GHz Core i5-4288U 2.0GHz Core i7-4750HQ 2.3GHz Core i7-4850HQ
New CPU 2.6GHz Core i5-4278U 2.8GHz Core i5-4308U 2.2GHz Core i7-4770HQ 2.5GHz Core i7-4870HQ
New Memory 8GB DDR3L 8GB DDR3L 16GB DDR3L 16GB DDR3L

The first thing to make note of is that the CPU speed has been increased by 200MHz across the board. The highest end CTO (configure-to-order) 15" model which is not shown now comes with Intel's Core i7-4980HQ with a base clock of 2.8GHz and max turbo clock of 4.0GHz. The other important thing to note is that the amount of RAM in the entry-level models has been doubled from 4GB to 8GB on the 13", and from 8GB to 16GB on the 15". This is a change that is nice to see brought to the 13" Macbook Pro with Retina display. Originally the entire 13" line had 8GB of RAM and the 4GB model was introduced to reach a lower price point during Apple's Haswell refresh. Now the entry level model once again has 8GB of RAM like the higher end versions.

The new models are available to purchase now on Apple's website for the same prices as the previous generation and are all available to ship within 24 hours.

Source: Apple Online Store

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  • bountygiver - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    because they are expecting retina for smaller devices but didn't get it?
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    5GiB in use right now.. and FF isn't even leaking. Fresh windows boot too.

    Add a VM or two and it rockets to 12-13GiB used at least.
  • Kevin G - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    I recently upgraded my 2010 Mac Pro from 12 GB to 48 GB and could instantly tell the difference. I wouldn't say that I was pushing my system hard but I was able to hit the page file under OS X 10.9.4.
  • BSMonitor - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    Depends what you mean by Graphics Professionals. Encoders and raw video editing are hard core CPU/GPU blended. The Core i's encoding performance is unmatched regardless of dGPU.
  • Matthew.Hall - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    You severely underestimate the power of the Iris Pro.
  • FITCamaro - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    We have 16GB on ours since we do development and have VMs running as well as multiple development environments.
  • mkozakewich - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    Apple isn't stupid. They know that in three years 8 GB isn't going to be enough.
  • ThreeDee912 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    One of the main complaints people had about the base model was that it "only" had 8GB of RAM. Normally this wouldn't be a huge issue, but since it was soldered directly on the board you couldn't upgrade it later.

    Now I'm not sure how many people complaining actually needed 16GB of RAM, but at least they don't need to pay extra for the higher-end model now.
  • Bownce - Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - link

    2.6Ghz i7, 16Gb RAM, and 1Tb SSD on my 15" MBP. I don't see what all the fuss is.
  • vaayu64 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - link

    Are there any plans for a thorough review of the new rmbp?

    I'm curious to know if the 85 watt adapter is really capable of to provide the system with enough power when the it is under full load.

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