Mac users were delivered some pretty stellar reveals from Apple this week, as the company officially revealed the new updates to its laptop and desktop lines. The 15-inch MacBook Pro received some much desired re-tooling and upgrades under the hood, while Apple’s beast machine, the 27-inch Retina Display iMac, is now boasting a base price of just under two thousand dollars. And just to sweeten the deal? They’ve beefed up the performance on the newly-more-affordable iMac as well.
Just as its smaller brethren the 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro received before it, the 15-inch MacBook Pro will now come with a Force Touch trackpad. For those unfamiliar with the Force Touch, it is a trackpad that features what Apple calls a “Taptic Engine” which creates micro vibrations to produce haptic feedback on the pad. Put more simply, it makes it feel like the trackpad is physically clicking even though it isn’t. Plus, the Force Touch trackpad provides opportunities for unique input via a deeper, secondary click. In addition to the fancy new trackpad, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro will now come with PCIe-based flash storage that Apple claims makes it 2.5 times faster than last year’s model. This means the hard drive now offers data throughput at up to 2GB per second – pretty snazzy. There is even a discrete graphics option which offers an AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU if gaming or video editing is your thing. My personal favorite upgrade, however, is the additional hour of battery life now included in the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which extends the overall life to up to nine hours.
More power for less money - this is exactly what Apple is offering with their new 27-inch 5K Retina iMac, which boasts the same amazing 5120x2880 5K Retina display that Apple debuted last year, but with some welcome boosts to its performance. The base model now comes with a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, 8GB of memory and 1 TB of standard HDD storage, all for the low, low cost of $1,999. Even the top-end model saw a $200 drop in price (down to $2,299 from $2,499, starting) and includes a whopping 3.5GHz processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1 TB Fusion Drive in addition to 8GB of RAM. Both models include four USB ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports and are available to order immediately.
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