Apple updates the 15-in Retina MacBook Pro and Retina iMac
Apple snuck some Mac updates out the door today, giving the 15-in Retina MacBook Pro the upgrade it didn't get earlier this year, while adding a new entry-level version of the iMac with Retina 5K Display.
The updated 15-in MacBook Pro with Retina Display gets the Force Touch trackpad that we've already seen in both its 13-in counterpart and the 12-in MacBook. The trackpad uses advanced sensors and Apple's "Taptic Engine" that make the (mostly) fixed trackpad feel like it's moving.
The 15-in Retina MBP also gets the faster solid state drive that we saw in the 2015 version of its smaller sibling and longer battery life than the previous model (jumping to an estimated 9 hours of web browsing). It gets a GPU upgrade as well, switching to a dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M370X.
Like the 2014 15-in Retina MacBook Pro, though, only the higher-end version (512 GB storage, 2.5 GHz) gets the AMD graphics. The entry-level model sticks with an integrated Intel Iris Pro GPU.
The cheaper iMac with Retina 5K Display, meanwhile, drops the barrier of entry for that model by US$500. That base model switches from a Fusion drive to a more standard hard drive (though you still get 1 TB) and an Intel Core i5 clocked at 3.3 GHz (with Turbo Boost to 3.7 GHz).
Apple also dropped the price of the higher-end Retina iMac to $2,300.
Both machines are available today in Apple's online and retail stores. The 15-in MacBook Pro sits in the same price points as before, with the entry-level Iris Pro model (256 GB SSD) running $2,000 and that higher-end discrete AMD variant ringing up for $2,500. The cheaper Retina iMac also costs $2,000.