Just a few weeks ahead of revealing the next Mac OS features at its annual conference, Apple has unveiled an updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and a 27-inch iMac with a “5K” display. The updated 15-incher follows a new 12-inch Retina MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Pro 2015, and updated MacBook Air that Apple revealed earlier this spring.
The Retina MacBook Pro 2015 sports a new “Force Touch” trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster AMD discrete graphics. Apple’s new $1,999 27-inch iMac features a 14.7 million pixel Retina 5K display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics.
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 specs
The updated MacBook Pro’s new Force Touch trackpad has built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback. The trackpad supports a range of new gestures including the new Force click, and you can customize the amount of pressure needed to register each click. Apple now has APIs available for third-party developers to incorporate Force Touch capabilities into their apps.
Apple says the updated MacBook Pro also features up to 2.5 times faster flash storage than the previous generation, with throughput up to 2GBps, and offers an additional hour of battery life, with up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback. Apple also claims that its new AMD Radeon R9 M370X discrete graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance, such as for editing video in Final Cut Pro X, rendering 3D images in pro graphics apps, or playing high-resolution games.
Every new Mac comes with OS X Yosemite and free bundled Apple software including Photos, iMovie and GarageBand, and iWork.
The 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2015 is available now at apple.com, Apple retail stores, and authorized resellers. The base model starts at US $1,999 and has a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with turbo boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro graphics. The higher-end model will set you back $2,499, but you get a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with turbo boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics. You can also choose other options including faster 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with with turbo boost speeds of up to 4.0 GHz, and flash storage of up to 1TB.
Retina 5K iMac specs and prices
With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, the new $1,999 iMac with Retina 5K display has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. The new iMac features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with turbo boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. It includes 8GB of memory, one terabyte (TB) of storage, four USB 3.0 ports, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each–twice the bandwidth of the previous generation, according to Apple.
The top-end iMac with Retina 5K display now starts at $2,299 and features a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with turbo boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X (versus M290) graphics and 1TB of storage.
Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors of up to 4.0 GHz with turbo boost speeds of up to 4.4 GHz, and flash storage up to 1TB. The new 27-inch, Retina 5K iMac is also available today from apple.com, Apple stores and select resellers.