Apple Gives Macbook Pros More Bite

In advance of the launch of OSX Yosemite this fall, Apple today rolled out a new lineup of MacBook Pros. Apple’s powerful laptop series saw minor refreshes across the board, but ought to handle the new demands of the OS and upcoming applications even better than the previous MacBooks.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro models saw a levelling of the playing field in the memory department, with all models now coming equipped with 16GB of RAM, where previous entry level models shipped with 8GB. Storage got a bump as well, with a new option for 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, much like the storage Apple’s desktop superpower Mac Pro sports.

Also refreshed were the MacBook Pro's processors, with all models receiving a 200MHz speed boost, pushing the highest model to the mighty 4.0GHz mark. Larger Retina models are now rocking Intel’s latest N-Series i7 processors.    

The 13-inch MacBook Pro models also received some love. In addition to the 200MHz speed bump, all new models start out with 8GB of RAM minimum. This might have been a quiet update, but it will be a welcome one to those unhappy with the previous minimum of 4GB of RAM.

The performance tweaks, bumps and updates should help keep editors and motion graphic designers cranking out the videos long after the release of Yosemite.

Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley
Russ Fairley is a producer, editor and motion graphic designer. He also writes for Videomaker and several other publications.

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