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  • Apple Launches Refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display w/ Force Touch


    Along with this morning's refresh of the new $1,999 lower-end 5k retina display iMac & new price baseline for the higher-tier model, Apple also announced on Tuesday a refreshed lineup of its 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display. The results are inline with our prediction on Monday.

    The refresh adds the new Force Touch gesture to the multi-touch track pad on the 15-inch MacBook Pro that comes with Apple's new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro since the debut of the feature at a recent Apple keynote. The feature allows the user to use force as an input gesture on the track pad, as it can detect forceful motion as well as touches using the new built-in sensors; it also offers haptic feedback to the user when used.

    Moreover, Apple has refreshed refreshed the CPU in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display with a new Intel Broadwell processor without any speed bumps. On the other hand, the use of the new Broadwell processor increases the power efficiency of the 15-inch MacBook Pro and adds an additional hour of battery life; it can now last for 9 hours instead of 8 while performing everyday web browsing and computer usage (gaming and other intense functions will offer varied battery life).

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro features the amazing Force Touch trackpad that brings a new dimension of interactivity to the Mac®. With built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback, the Force Touch trackpad allows you to click anywhere with a uniform feel and customize the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The new trackpad supports a range of new gestures, including the new Force click, and APIs are available for third-party developers to incorporate Force Touch capabilities into their apps. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display 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. In addition, MacBook Pro with Retina display discrete graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance using new AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics for editing video in Final Cut Pro® X, rendering 3D images in pro graphics apps or playing high-resolution games.
    That's not all though; Apple also touts having updated the internal flash storage in the 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display with storage that is up to 2.5-times faster with throughput capable of up to 2GBps.

    Apple's new refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display with CPU refresh, faster flash storage, and Force Touch technology is available to ship within 1 business day online via Apple's Web site and starts at $1,999.

    Sources: Apple 1, 2
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Launches Refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display w/ Force Touch started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. jigar7's Avatar
      jigar7 -
      R9 M370X... really Apple? This is extremely disappointing
      Have been waiting for the 15 inch refresh since more than a year now... was expecting a MBP with either a 970M or a 980M GPU (3GB/4GB).
      I guess Apple forgot what happened to their sales numbers when they switched to ATI from nVidia cards... not to mention the cards failing in their 2011 models. I guess it's time for a new class action lawsuit in 2016-2017 when these start failing.

      Oh well, time to look for some other portable workstation options *sigh*