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New 15-inch is the first MacBook to support 5K displays, 4096×2160 4K

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Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro is the first of Apple’s notebooks to officially support single-stream 4K displays at a full resolution of 4096×2160 at 60Hz. The new MacBook Pro is also the first to support 5K displays.

Apple confirmed the support today in an updated support document detailing official support for 4K and 5K displays on Macs.

The support for higher resolutions — previous MacBooks only support 4K at a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 at 60Hz — appears to be related to the switch to AMD graphics in the new machine. Apple’s new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2015) comes with AMD Radeon R9 M370X that the company said are up to 80% faster than previous generations. Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros released earlier in the year come with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

The new 15-inch MacBook is also the first to support 5K displays using a dual-cable DisplayPort setup. Apple first introduced official support for 5K displays back in April alongside its OS X 10.10.3 update, but at the time only listed Mac Pro (Late 2013) and iMacs as supported. So far the only 5K display officially supported by Apple with these machines is Dell’s new UP2715K 27-inch 5K display.

Catch up on our 4K monitor comparison here.

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Happy Hour Podcast 015 | Refreshed Macs, Apple Watch update, and the end of Apple’s rumored TV plans

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Apple has slightly refreshed the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, added a more affordable Retina 5K iMac, and an iPhone related surprise. Along with that, we have a new Watch OS update and sad news about Apple’s rumored TV plans. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

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Apple brings Force Touch to 15-inch MacBook Pro, adds cheaper 5K iMac

Apple launched a number of new Macs through the Apple Online Store today, including a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Force Touch and a more-affordable 5K iMac. They all boast faster Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, as expected,






15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch, and cheaper $1999 27-inch Retina iMac, officially launched

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Yesterday’s report of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad, together with a new 27-inch iMac, have been confirmed via an official announcement by Apple.

Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, delivering even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. Apple also today introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display to $2,299.

While the upgrade to the latest Broadwell Haswell processor doesn’t show a speed-bump, Apple says that the flash storage is 2.5 times faster and greater power efficiency provides an extra hour of battery-life … 

The flash storage now offers throughput of up to 2GB/s, and Apple also says that the discrete graphics is up to 80% faster using new AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics. Battery life is up from 8 hours to 9 hours. In real-life use, the updated model is likely to feel significantly faster than the one it’s just replaced.

Starting price of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is unchanged at $1999. That gets you a 2.2GHz quad-core i7 (with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz), 16GB RAM, the much faster 256GB PCIe-based flash storage and the same Intel Iris Pro graphics card as the previous model. Both processor and storage can be upgraded (to 2.8GHz and 1TB PCIe flash).

The $2,499 model gets you a processor bump to 2.5GHz, the new R9 M370X graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory – and doubles the flash storage to 512GB. Maxed-out specs are the same 2.8GHz processor and 1TB flash storage.

Apple added a Force Touch trackpad to the 13-inch MacBook Pro back in March, with the 15-inch version catching up today.

Both models are listed now in Apple’s online store, with 1-day delivery on the base model and 1-3 days on its beefier brother.

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The 27-inch iMac with Retina display has seen a big price-cut, with the base level machine reduced from $2499 to $1999 – a surprising drop for a machine first introduced just seven months ago.

With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, the new $1,999 iMac with Retina 5K display has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display, and features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7 GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. The new iMac also includes 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage, as well as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation.

However, the price cut isn’t a free lunch: the CPU speed has been cut from 3.5GHz to 3.3GHz (with no option to upgrade), and the fusion drive has been replaced by a conventional 1TB hard drive, so expect the new model to feel a little slower than the original entry-level machine. You do, though, get an AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics card with 2GB RAM.

The top-end machine is now just $2,299, getting you a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, the same AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card and your 1TB drive is a fusion one.

Both machines are listed in the online store, with 1-day shipping shown for the base model and ‘in stock’ for the more powerful machine.


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Report: New Force Touch 15-inch MacBook Pro & 27-inch iMac arriving Wednesday

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French site MacG, which has a very decent track-record, cites “reliable sources” as stating that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac are going on sale on Wednesday. (Update: We are now told their sources don’t know whether it’s the Retina or non-Retina iMac.)

Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro back in March, the most notable update being the inclusion of the Force Touch trackpad fitted to the new 12-inch MacBook. The machine also got 5th-generation Intel Core processors, the base model running at 2.7GHz, configurable to 3.1GHz, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 GPU.

While the site had no specific details, it’s likely the 15-inch model will likewise get CPU and GPU bumps, alongside the Force Touch trackpad … 

MacG notes that shipping on the higher-end 15-inch model has for some time been showing 2-3 weeks, sometimes a sign that a new model is on the way. Additionally, we note that the machines are listed as discontinued on the B&H Photo site.

The site had no specifics on the 27-inch iMac.


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9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Tour $95, 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch $1,100, iPad mini 2 64GB WiFi+Cell $330, more

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