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A day to lock away the credit cards, Apple has just announced updates to the 13 and 15 inch range of Retina MacBook Pros.

We often get asked when is a good time to buy a new MacBook Pro. Well, today is the answer as Apple has just upgraded their line of retina models.

Not a huge update, but we always get excited when he Apple Store goes down for new things! There's also a price cut on the high end model.

The new models are:

13 inch Models

  • 13-inch: 2.6GHz 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics 
  • 13-inch: 2.6GHz 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,  256GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics
  • 13-inch: 2.8GHz 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM 512GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics

15 Inch Models

  • 15-inch: 2.2GHz 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB flash storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 15-inch: 2.5GHz 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 512GB flash storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory

All will run FCPX well, but the top model has the NVIDIA GT 750M graphics card with 2GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. It is the only model that doesn't have an integrated CPU/GPU so we would expect it to perform better with FCPX and Motion. The model switches automatically between the integrated GPU and the NVIDIA to save power.

The top model is configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache. The internal flash storage can also be upped to 1TB.

So reasons to change if you already own a Retina MacBook Pro? Probably not as the updates are not huge leaps in performance. If you are thinking of upgrading from a previous non-retina model, then jump right in, you won't be disappointed. Good to see FCPX being offered as an installed option, as is Aperture, which we know Apple has stopped developing.

The new machines are ready for shipping immediately. If you visit a store, they probably won't have all the new models in stock, just carrying a base, mid and high end model. You might however be able to pick up a discounted previous generation model. Always worth checking out the refurb list too, we spotted a 15 inch 2013 Retina MacBook Pro with 32% off!