Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro With Retina Display Range

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Apple prepares for OS X Yosemite with faster processors and more RAM for some MacBook Pro models

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro range ahead of the release of OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its Mac operating system, which is due to be rolled out as a free update later this year.

The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display range has been given a faster Intel i5 2.6GHz processor and 8GB of memory, up from 2.4GHz and 4GB, for the same price of £999. The model can be upgraded to a 3 GHz processor, with the most expensive version costing £1,339.

The 15-inch retina display MacBook Pro has also been upgraded so that both models have 16GB of memory, up from 8GB, to complement its quad-core Intel i7 2.5GHz processor. It cost £1,599 with the most expensive model boasting a price tag of £1,999 thanks to its 2.8GHz quad core chip.

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Apple MacBook Pro Haswell (6)Apple has even shaved of £100 from the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro, which doesn’t come with the high definition retina display, and now costs £999. Apple says the model is particularly popular with “Windows Switchers.”

“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminium unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”

The current generation of MacBook Pros were shown off last year and are the first to run the latest Intel Haswell processors. All of the laptops come with the iLife and iWork suites of programmes as standard.

Mac OS X Yosemite was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June and brings Apple’s desktop operating system closer in line with iOS thanks to a similar UI and a number of new connectivity features.

The beta testing programme for Yosemite has just been opened by Apple, marking the first time the Cupertino-based company has made a pre-release version of Mac OS X to anyone but developers.

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