On Wednesday Apple made its MacBook Pro with Retina display both faster and more affordable with processor speed bumps and lower starting prices. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for the higher-end model with a Intel Core i5 2.6 GHz processor and a 256GB SSD. The base 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, while Apple’s top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz Core i quad-core processor and standard 16GB of (non-upgradable) RAM. Apple also reduced the price of the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB SSD to $1,399.
Apple emphasizes that the MacBook Pro with Retina display features the world’s highest resolution notebook display, but still offers no touchscreen notebook models. Intel Intel will make touchscreen support a mandatory Windows PC Ultrabook spec. requirement with release of its next-generation “Haswell” CPU powered models later this year, and touchscreen Ultrabooks are already available. Apple’s MacBooks are expected to get Haswell processors as well later this year.