On cue, Apple's updated its MacBook Pro models in 13in and 15in sizes but amongst the expected power and battery life improvements, it's pulled an absolute shocker out of the bag: the new Retina MBPs are launching with cheaper prices than their predecessors did.
We know, we know - is Apple feeling OK? I mean, it just announced that its new OS X Mavericks 10.9 is free too. While we calm down from the shock, check out the specs on Apple's new beastly laptops. It's worth noting that the non-Retina Pros haven't been updated at all so it looks like they're being phased out.
Thinner, Lighter, Haswell-er
First up, the 13in MacBook Pro keeps its gorgeous Retina display but adds 4th generation, dual-core Intel Haswell chips to its equally impressive insides with integrated Iris graphics that Apple reckons are up to 90% faster than the previous MacBook Pro.
Battery life also gets a boost with Apple quoting an 'up to nine hours' time, which we're looking forward to testing out. That would make it a true all-day MacBook Pro, impressive with that hi-res screen.
2013's shiny MacBook Pro also comes with Thunderbolt 2 support, a 1080p FaceTime camera, faster 802.11ac "Gigabit" Wi-Fi and though the form factor stays put, it's lighter and thinner than its predecessor at 0.71in skinny. Of course, it comes running OS X Mavericks too. We only have US prices for now but with a Core i5 chip, prices start at US$1299.
Now over to the 15in 2013 MacBook Pro. This rocks a quad-core Intel Crystalwell processor (see box-out) alongside Iris Pro graphics, the same faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi as the 13in model and faster PCie Flash storage. Battery life comes in at a reported, and respectable, eight hours. Prices in the US for the 15in MacBook Pro start at US$1999.
UPDATE: We now have UK prices for the whole 2013 MacBook Pro range. The 13in model starts at £1100 for a 2.4GHz i5 processor and 128GB of storage, the 256GB model takes you up to £1250. With a 2.6GHz i5 plus a stonking 512GB of Flash storage, the 13in MBP will set you back £1500.
Now onto those beastlier 15in models which rock Core i7 power. For a 2GHz quad-core i7 model with 256GB of Flash storage, Apple wants £1700 and for the top-of-the line 2.3GHz i7 machine with 512GB of storage it's £2200.