15-inch Retina MacBook Pro looks set to get a speed hike

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We may be on the verge of receiving a refreshed 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro line, according to a leaked pricing chart apparently from Apple’s Chongqing, China store.

The chart shows three different configurations of the MacBook. The first of these features an Intel Core i7 2.2 GHz processor and 16GB of RAM standard (the current 15-inch base model Retina MacBook Pro has 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 and 8GB of RAM.) The second features a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM (compared to the current 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 processor.)

A third, higher-end Retina MacBook is also included — boasting Intel’s new 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of flash storage, and Intel’s Iris Pro graphics, alongside a NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M.

These processors fit with the new line of Intel Core i7 Haswell processors launched last week. It is not yet known when these 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models are likely to be launching in Apple Stores (provided the image is genuine, that is!) but this screenshot would seem to suggest that it’s imminent.

That is certainly more than can be said for the rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook, which has reportedly hit a speed bump of a different sort — with Intel’s delayed 14-nanometer Broadwell chips supposedly pushing it back to Q3 2014 or even early 2015.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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