The tech world has been anxiously waiting to see what kinds of goodies Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) would unveil today at its launch event. The company has just shown off a thinner 13-inch MacBook Pro complete with a Retina display, a 9-hour battery and Intel Iris graphics.
Apple updates the MacBook Pro
Apple Insider reports that the new laptop will also have Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s newest Haswell processors and start out with a lower price tag than previously—just $1,299 for the entry model. Of course the MacBook Pro has been redesigned so that users can take full advantage of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s newest OS X 10.0 Mavericks operating system.
The 13-inch model is also lighter than the previous model, weighing in at less than 3.5 pounds. It is less than an inch thick and has faster flash-based storage as well as a new Wi-Fi chip which supports the faster 801.11 ac standard, according to TechCrunch.
Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro also received an update. It has the Intel Iris Pro graphics and features a quad core processor. There are apparently various models with different graphics. The least expensive 15-inch model starts out at $1,999, but it doesn’t have a dedicated Intel or AMD graphics chip.
Both MacBook Pro models are available for shipping today.
New Mac Pro announced too
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also unveiled its new Mac Pro desktop computer. According to Apple Insider, it is an eighth of the volume of the last model and has Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 cores. It also has AMD FirePro graphics and next-generation flash storage, as well as up to 1.2 GB / s reads, 1 GB / s writes and 1 terabyte storage capacity.
The new Mac Pro is able to support up to three 4K monitors and offers HDMI 1.4 support. In addition, there’s a new motion controller integrated into the computer which lights up the input and output areas on the back of the computer whenever it is moved.
Along with new computers, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also showed off the new version of Final Cut Pro X, which is designed with the Mac Pro in mind.