Apple Reduces The Prices Of Retina MacBook Pro And MacBook Air

Apple today announced that it is giving its Retina line-up of MacBook Pros a mid-cycle refresh along with a price cut. The cheapest MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the 13-inch rMBP, sees a $200 reduction in price and will now cost $1499. The top-of-the-line 13-inch rMBP sees a $300 reduction in price ($1999 vs. $1799), and will also sport a slightly faster (2.5GHz vs. 2.6GHz) Core i5 processor.

The prices of the 15-inch rMBP remain the same, but both the variants get an upgraded processor. The base 15-inch rMBP gets a 100MHz speed boost to 2.4GHz (Core i7), while the top-of-the-line variant gets a speed bump to 2.7GHz, along with a bump in RAM capacity to 16GB DDR3L from 8GB DDR3L. The prices of updating the SSD storage options for the rMBP have also been decreased considerably.

In addition to all this, Apple also announced a $100 price cut on the base 13-inch MacBook Air model. The price cuts are already in effect at all the Apple retail stores and at the company’s online store.

Adobe Updates Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 with Retina Display

Today, Adobe has updated both Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 for the Retina displays found on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models.

With this update, customers can see more detail in images, text, and in the Illustrator user interface when working on high-resolution displays, including the new Retina display available on MacBook Pro. The HiDPI feature in Illustrator is currently only available on Mac OS. It is expected to be available in the future on additional operating systems.

The updates are available for both Creative Cloud subscribers and owners with standalone licenses.

Apple Rolls Out Software Update For June-2012 MacBook Airs and Retina MacBook Pros

Apple has started rolling out a new software update for all the Macs that it had introduced in June 2012, including the MacBook Air and the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina.

The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 weighs in at 127MB and the change-log from Apple suggests that it includes “graphics performance and reliability improvements and improves compatibility with some USB devices”.

Apple recommends this update to all the June 2012 MacBooks, so do update if you own one of them. Early reports suggest that the update has fixed the freezing issues that many people experienced for around 30 seconds when they plugged in a USB drive to their Retina MacBook Pro(s). It, however, does not fix the image burn-in issues on the Retina MacBook Pro(s) with an LG display panel, or the flickering issues that have plagued rMBP owners since quite sometime.

Apple Posts New ‘Colors’ TV Ad for 13″ MacBook Pro With Retina Display

Apple has posted a new television ad for the 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The ad highlights umber of different Apple apps including Mail, Final Cut Pro, Aperture, and iTunes. The new machine is aimed at “the pro in all of us.”

Introducing the new 13″ MacBook Pro.

With the stunning Retina display.

For the pro in all of us.

Apple’s really good at making some great ads. This ad is just fantastic.


Apple Unveils The 13″ MacBook Pro With Retina Display And Updated Internals

Today, Apple unveiled its refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro line-up at its event held in the California Theatre in the United States.

As rumors and leaks had suggested, the 13″ MacBook Pro now Retina display with a whopping resolution of 2560×1600, like its bigger 15″ brother.

The 13″ MBP line-up has been refreshed with Intel’s 3rd generation of Core i5 or i7 processors, along with an SSD replacing the traditional HDD for a major speed boost in day-to-day operations. The new 13″ MacBook Pro is only 0.75-inches thin and weighs only 3.5lbs, making it the lightest MacBook Pro ever. All this, while the battery life still remains at 7-hours.

The base model comes with 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB of flash storage for $1699. Interested buyers can order the new 13″ MBP withRetina Display from the Apple Store right after the event gets over.

13″ Retina MacBook Pro Specs Leak (Update: Mac Minis As Well!)

With just a few hours left for Apple’s event to start in California Theatre, the leaks regarding what Apple is going to announce is coming left, right and center. Thanks to Google Search, it is all but confirmed that Apple will unveil a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina screen.

The folks over at 9to5Mac have even got their hands on the specs of the new 13-inch MacBook Pros, which are as follows -:

  • 2.5 GHz, 128GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM
  • 2.5 GHz, 256 GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM
  • 2.9 GHz, 512GB of Flash storage, 8GB of RAM

9to5Mac suggests that the new 13″ MBPs will be available for pre-order right after the event gets over. While there is no word on the pricing, rumors suggest that the base 13″ rMBP will only cost $1199, which definitely makes them tempting.

The shift to a SSD alone should bring about a noticeable speed boost compared to the previous generation of MBPs, and along with the new Retina Display should make the new 13″ rMBPs a tempting deal.

Apple is expected to unveil a new 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina screen, a 7-inch mini iPad, iOS 6.0.1, refreshed Mac Minis and iMacs and possibly a new new iPad with a lighting connector at its event today.

Update: Well, that was fast. 9to5Mac has managed to get the complete specs of the refreshed Mac Minis as well. There will be three variants of Mac Minis like previous year, with the third one running OS X server edition.

Below is the complete specs of the new Mac Minis -:

  • 2.5 GHz dual-core, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard drive
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core, 4GB RAM, 1TB Hard drive
  • Server: 2.3 GHz quad-core 4GB of RAM, 2TB Hard drive

Apple has made 4GB of RAM standard across the Mini, with the base model getting a 3rd gen dual-core Core i5 processor, with the top-end consumer and server models getting a 2.3GHz quad-core processor.

More Claims of 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to Be Revealed at Next Week’s Media Event

Apple is supposedly holding a media event next week. Yesterday, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be launched alongside the iPad mini this month. Today, AllThingsD reports with its own sources making similar claims. AllThingsD has an excellent track record when it comes to Apple rumors.

The smaller iPad may be the star of Apple’s as of yet unannounced October 23rd invitation-only event, but it will have an impressive supporting cast.

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display as well.

The report provides a summary of the expectation for the new machine, which include a 2560×1600 display, same thin profile as the 15-inch model, and all-flash storage. However, pricing remains unknown. Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. Going by this, we can expect Apple to continue the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without.

13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro to Launch Alongside iPad Mini in October

Last week, it was reported that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is reportedly still on track for a 4Q 2012 launch. Today, 9to5Mac reports that Apple will reveal the rumored 13″ Retina MacBook Pro alongside the iPad Mini later this month. 9to5Mac usually gets this information from early part numbers, suggesting that two higher priced configurations have already shown up in Apple’s systems.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro will be sold in two configurations, with differing processors and storage, and will be available for purchase soon after introduction. Like with the 15-inch MacBook Pro lines, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be sold (at a higher price) in addition to the current non-Retina display model.

Earlier this year, Apple introduced the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro in June, but still kept the existing 15″ MacBook Pro as well. The recent report states that Apple will be continuing the same pattern by providing two 13″ MacBook Pros — one with a Retina display and one without. Apple is expected to the reveal the iPad mini on October 23rd.

13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Reportedly Still on Track for 4Q 2012 Launch

Back in August, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim claimed that suppliers had begun production on 2,560 by 1,600 high resolution displays for a rumored 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Then in September, Digitimes reported that full production on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is on its way with shipments from Apple’s supply chain beginning to ramp up ahead of a speculated September or October launch. Now CNET reports on comments from DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, who says that Apple’s plans for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro remain on track for production during this quarter. This would suggest that a launch may come in the near future.

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has been telling CNET for a while now that a 13.3-inch Retina version of the MacBook Pro (MBP) is slated for production in the fourth quarter. And today Shim reiterated that he sees no change in those production plans.

What’s not clear is when Apple would release the new MacBook. Shim speculates that it would happen after the iPad Mini announcement — which is expected to be released in the coming weeks — though he said he has no first-hand knowledge of this.

Shim restates that that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will carry a resolution of 2560×1600, doubling the number of pixels in each dimension over the current model. As Apple has done with the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple will probably offer the new 13-inch Retina model alongside the current non-Retina model at different price points. New iMacs also said to be in the works.

Apple Rolls Out EFI Firmware Updates For MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

After rolling out OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.2 and iOS 6 for its iDevices yesterday, Apple has today rolled out a new EFI firmware update the mid-2012 MacBook Air and other Macs.

The v2.5 EFI firmware for the Air  fixes some Turbo Boost related issues when using Boot Camp, which has been plaguing mid-2012 Air owners for quite sometime.

Below is the full change-log of the EFI firmware update for the mid-2012 MacBook Air(s) -:

This update is recommended for MacBook Air (mid 2012) models.

This update fixes an issue where Turbo Boost does not activate when using Boot Camp, and resolves an issue where NetBoot does not function properly when using an Ethernet adapter.

The first EFI firmware update for the Retina MacBook Pro fixes a bug where the system might just lock-up under heavy load, and also fixes the NetBoot not working when an Ethernet adapter is used.

Lastly, the v2.9 EFI firmware update for the non-Retina MacBook Pro fixes the system locking up issue under heavy loads and might need to be restarted manually.

Head over to ‘Updates’ tab in the Mac App Store to download and install the latest EFI firmware update for your Mac(s).