Apple Macbook Pro 13

The fastest small apple macbook phiên bản pro yet is a force of nature

ByCarrie Marshalllast updated 19 November 20


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

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The New laptop macbook has grabbed most of the headlines in recent weeks, but táo bị cắn dở has refreshed some of its apple macbook Pros and MacBook Airs too — except for one.

While the 15-inch táo macbook pro is waiting for Intel"s newest vi xử lý core i7 processors, the 13-inch Retina apple macbook phiên bản pro has received some changes that make it a significant upgrade. An upgrade to lớn Intel"s newest Broadwell CPU, along with a pressure-sensitive Force cảm ứng Trackpad are the most significant of the lot.

Recent developments

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 to lớn access even higher resolutions than OS X allows, stretching all the way up khổng lồ 3,360 x 2,100.

Text is too tiny to lớn 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 & 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 thiết kế looks much better on Retina displays than it does on lower density screens.

It"s a shame that táo bị cắn hasn"t shaved even a millimetre or two off the macbook phiên bản pro with Retina"s chassis. The 2013 macbook phiên bản pro with Retina was 25% thinner than its predecessor, và it made a huge difference to that machine"s portability and overall appeal. Sure, hãng apple has outed the new laptop apple macbook which will attract the thin-and-light máy vi tính die-hards, but those of us requiring power, ports and 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 apple 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 khổng lồ fast-forward a đoạn phim and press harder to speed it up more.

The new Force touch trackpad made the new laptop apple 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 lượt thích you"re pressing a real button), but over time táo khuyết is likely lớn find other uses for the pressure sensitive technology. You can adjust the sensitivity of the trackpad và the strength of its feedback in System Preferences, và while you"re there you might want khổng lồ re-enable the three-finger drag; it"s switched off by default now.

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

There are three standard models to 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) & £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 và £1,199 models & a 2.9GHz dual-core bộ vi xử lý core i5 in the most expensive option. The 2.7GHz processors can run at up to 3.3GHz in Turbo Boost mode, and the 2.9GHz processor can run at up to 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 và 8GB of 1,866MHz LPDDR3 RAM, & they"re teamed with 128, 256 or 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Previous laptop macbook Pros had Iris Graphics 5100, & Apple claims 20% to 40% improvements in graphics performance.

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Spec list

Here is the full spec sheet:

CPU: 2.7GHz dual-core Intel core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up khổng lồ 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 card slot, HDMI, headphoneConnectivity: 801.11ac Wi-Fi and 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 macbook phiên bản pro with a 3.1GHz dual-core bộ vi xử lý core i7 (with boost khổng lồ 3.4GHz) with 4MB of shared L3 cache, up to 16GB of RAM & up to 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 laptop macbook Pro"s battery has been improved too. On paper it doesn"t look lượt thích much – it"s a 74.9Wh battery compared khổng lồ its predecessor"s 71.8Wh – but the new táo macbook pro delivers significantly improved battery life. Táo bị cắn dở claims 10 hours of wireless web browsing & 12 hours of iTunes movie playback.

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 và Continuity/Handoff communication with game ios apps and communications.

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

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


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

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

The new laptop macbook has seen an nâng cấp from hãng sản xuất intel Iris Graphics 5100 to Iris Graphics 6100, which includes an increased number of execution units (48 khổng lồ 40) but sees clock speed reduced from 1200 lớn 1100MHz. In NovaBench, it scored 95 in the Graphics chạy thử 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 và TF2), but don"t expect anything lượt thích Battlefield: Hardline lớn play smooth as butter.

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

Bundled software

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

iPhoto (soon lớn be replaced with Photos)

iMovieGaragebandPagesNumbersKeynoteSafariMailMessagesFaceTimeCalendarContactsApp StoreiTunesiBooksMapsPhoto BoothTime Machine

The apple 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 mobile 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 & arguably Apple"s best ever laptop. The new macbook may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power.

We liked

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

We disliked

We"re not huge fans of current Mac laptop keyboards, và for now the Force cảm ứng trackpad feels more like a gimmick than anything particularly useful – it isn"t making the apple macbook pro any thinner or lighter and doesn"t have any compelling reason to 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 laptop macbook sacrifices performance & ports for portability, the macbook pro makes no such compromises. It"s lightweight enough that you needn"t fear a dislocated shoulder from lugging it around, and 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 – và the non-Retina macbook pro is £100 (around $150, or AU$190) cheaper, but the former won"t tempt OS X fans & the latter means going without that superb screen. We wouldn"t. Unless you need serious storage, the 13-inch apple macbook phiên bản pro offers an incredible amount of bang for your bucks.