The fastest small táo macbook pro yet is a force of nature

ByCarrie Marshalllast updated 19 November 20


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The năm trước 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro was arguably Apple"s best laptop, and the 2015 model is better still. If your next apple macbook needs khổng lồ be reliable, powerful và practical, the newest macbook pro is the only way lớn go.

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Looks familiar? The external design is unchanged from the 2014 mã sản phẩm

The screen resolution is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, but you actually get the screen real-estate of a 1,280 x 800 pixel-resolution display due khổng lồ the pixel-doubled effect that provides Retina-like sharpness. Apps lượt thích SwitchResX allow you lớn access even higher resolutions than OS X allows, stretching all the way up to 3,360 x 2,100.

Text is too tiny khổng lồ be legible at that setting, but opting for one in-between, such as 1,920 x 1,200, lets you fit much more of spreadsheets and other apps into the display than any of the default screen resolutions at the expensive of clarity.

Still, even on the four default resolutions there"s plenty of room for even the most screen-intensive pro apps, and OS X Yosemite"s divisive kiến thiết looks much better on Retina displays than it does on lower mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa screens.

It"s a shame that apple hasn"t shaved even a millimetre or two off the apple macbook phiên bản pro with Retina"s chassis. The 2013 apple macbook pro with Retina was 25% thinner than its predecessor, and it made a huge difference to that machine"s portability và overall appeal. Sure, táo bị cắn has outed the new apple macbook which will attract the thin-and-light máy vi tính die-hards, but those of us requiring power, ports và all of the rest would have still appreciated a slightly slimmer model.

Feel the force

The only external change is something you can"t see: the way the trackpad works. The macbook pro has a new, non-mechanical Force cảm biến trackpad, which provides tactile feedback and can detect various levels of force. For example, you might press lớn fast-forward a video clip and press harder to speed it up more.



The new Force cảm ứng trackpad made the new laptop macbook thinner, but not the apple macbook pro

For now, the haptic feedback simply replicates the feeling of clicking a mechanical trackpad (something it does perfectly – you really feel like you"re pressing a real button), but over time táo bị cắn is likely lớn find other uses for the pressure sensitive technology. You can adjust the sensitivity of the trackpad and the strength of its feedback in System Preferences, and while you"re there you might want khổng lồ re-enable the three-finger drag; it"s switched off by default now.

Interestingly, hãng apple hasn"t put its new laptop apple macbook keyboard into the Pro models just yet, so you get the familiar chiclet keys with a scissor mechanism underneath. To our fingers they aren"t as comfortable as the non-chiclet keyboards in the first intel MacBook Pros, but maybe we"re just being nostalgic. Nevertheless, if you"re all about the typing, the laptop macbook Air is a little more comfortable.

There are three standard models to lớn choose from, priced at £999 ($1,299 over in the US, which is around AU$1,690), £1,199 ($1,499 over in the US, which is around AU$1,950) và £1,399 ($1,799 over in the US, which is around AU$2,340).

Each model has a Broadwell processor: a 2.7GHz dual-core fifth-generation vi xử lý core i5 in the £999 & £1,199 models & a 2.9GHz dual-core chip core i5 in the most expensive option. The 2.7GHz processors can run at up khổng lồ 3.3GHz in Turbo Boost mode, và the 2.9GHz processor can run at up lớn 3.4GHz. The mã sản phẩm we tested was the stock £999, 2.7GHz one.

All three processors come with 3MB of shared L3 cache and 8GB of 1,866MHz LPDDR3 RAM, và they"re teamed with 128, 256 or 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage & Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Previous macbook Pros had Iris Graphics 5100, and Apple claims 20% khổng lồ 40% improvements in graphics performance.



Spec list

Here is the full spec sheet:

CPU: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel chip core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)Graphics: hãng intel Iris Graphics 6100RAM: 8GBScreen: 13.3-inch IPS, 2,560 x 1,600 pixelsStorage: 128GB SSDOptical Drive: n/aPorts: 2 x Thunderbolt 2, 2 x USB 3.0, SDXC thẻ slot, HDMI, headphoneConnectivity: 801.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0Camera: FaceTime HDWeight: 3.48lbs (1.58kg)Size: 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71-inches (W x D x H)

You can also specify a built-to-order táo macbook pro with a 3.1GHz dual-core bộ vi xử lý core i7 (with boost lớn 3.4GHz) with 4MB of shared L3 cache, up khổng lồ 16GB of RAM & up to lớn 1TB of flash storage. Assuming you"re customising the 2.9GHz model, those upgrades cost £170 (around $250, or AU$325), £160 (around $235, or AU$305), and £400 (around $590, or AU$770) respectively.

The macbook Pro"s battery has been improved too. On paper it doesn"t look like much – it"s a 74.9Wh battery compared to lớn its predecessor"s 71.8Wh – but the new apple macbook pro delivers significantly improved battery life. Táo khuyết claims 10 hours of wireless web browsing and 12 hours of iTunes movie playback.

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Last but not least there"s 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, which deliver Apple-specific features such as AirDrop tệp tin transfer and Continuity/Handoff communication with quả táo apps & communications.

The macbook phiên bản pro is significantly faster than its predecessor, & while we still wouldn"t recommend the 13-inch táo macbook pro (or any other machine with integrated graphics) for serious gaming, our benchmarks show that graphics performance has improved.


Here"s how the apple macbook phiên bản pro 13-inch with Retina display fared in our benchmark tests:

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 Single Core: 124 cb; Multi Core: 310 cbGeekbench 3 Single Core: 3287; Multi bộ vi xử lý core 7107Xbench (CPU & disk): 491.26NovaBench Overall: 41; Graphics: 95;Unigine Heaven 4.0 FPS: 21.3; Overall: 41Battery, streaming 1080p đoạn clip via Wi-Fi: 12 hours 4 minutes

The apple macbook pro with Retina comfortably beat the equivalent 13-inch model from 2014 in all benchmarked areas. In Xbench, which provides an indication of a Mac"s overall performance, it came in at 9% faster than the năm trước model"s Haswell variant. Geekbench, which tests the CPU, saw the new laptop macbook score 7,107 points on the multi-core chạy thử compared to its predecessor"s 6,852.

The new apple macbook has seen an upgrade from hãng intel Iris Graphics 5100 lớn Iris Graphics 6100, which includes an increased number of execution units (48 khổng lồ 40) but sees clock speed reduced from 1200 to 1100MHz. In NovaBench, it scored 95 in the Graphics kiểm tra versus lat year"s 79, signalling an 18% improvement.

Even with improved integrated graphics onboard, the macbook phiên bản pro remains a poor choice for serious gamers. It will certainly be capable of running older titles at 60Hz in a Boot Camp installation on Windows (think games using Valve"s Source engine — such as Counter Strike and TF2), but don"t expect anything lượt thích Battlefield: Hardline to lớn play smooth as butter.

The biggest surprise was the battery, which was still happily streaming 1080p video over Wi-Fi after more than twelve hours. It finally ran out of puff after a truly impressive twelve hours và four minutes. Not everybody is happy with the new 13-inch laptop apple macbook Pro"s performance, however. Some users have reported UI lag and significant battery drain.

Bundled software

As with all new Macs the apple macbook pro comes with Apple"s own iWork and iLife apps, including:

iPhoto (soon lớn be replaced with Photos)

iMovieGaragebandPagesNumbersKeynoteSafariMailMessagesFaceTimeCalendarContactsApp StoreiTunesiBooksMapsPhoto BoothTime Machine

The macbook phiên bản pro hasn"t undergone a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn"t anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to lớn its performance mean it"s better value than before, & the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a di động workhorse.

As ever the cost of adding memory & storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock £999 ($1,299 over in the US, which is around AU$1,690) macbook phiên bản pro is an incredibly versatile computer và arguably Apple"s best ever laptop. The new laptop macbook may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power.

We liked

Apple has taken an already impressive laptop and made it better. It"s faster, it lasts longer and the screen is superb. It"ll be interesting to see whether the Force cảm biến trackpad gets any must-have applications too.

We disliked

We"re not huge fans of current Mac máy tính keyboards, và for now the Force cảm ứng trackpad feels more lượt thích a gimmick than anything particularly useful – it isn"t making the apple macbook phiên bản pro any thinner or lighter and doesn"t have any compelling reason to lớn exist just yet. If you haven"t embraced the (i)Cloud, 128GB of storage may feel a little constrained too.

Final verdict

Where the new macbook sacrifices performance & ports for portability, the táo macbook pro makes no such compromises. It"s lightweight enough that you needn"t fear a dislocated shoulder from lugging it around, & the improved performance & battery life will delight road warriors và coffee cửa hàng loungers alike.

It"s more expensive than an Ultrabook – for example, Dell"s excellent XPS 13 is almost half the price – & the non-Retina apple macbook phiên bản pro is £100 (around $150, or AU$190) cheaper, but the former won"t tempt OS X fans và the latter means going without that superb screen. We wouldn"t. Unless you need serious storage, the 13-inch apple macbook pro offers an incredible amount of bang for your bucks.