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

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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, and they’re shipping in just one business day.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing,” said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, “and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.”

In addition to that Force Touch trackpad with Taptic Engine, the new entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with an Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, Iris Pro Graphics, 16GB of RAM and 128GB of updated SSD storage that’s up to 2.5 times faster than the previous generation.

The machine, which starts at $1,999, also offers better battery life, with up to nine hours of web browsing and iTunes movie playback.

Those looking for a little more power in the graphics department can also get the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a faster 2.5GHz Core i7 chip, 512GB of storage and an AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory for $2,499.

Interestingly, Apple says both of these machines are still running fourth-generation Haswell chips, not Intel’s latest Broadwell models, which bring performance improvements, greater power efficiency and the latest Iris 6100 graphics.

If that puts you off, or you just prefer a desktop, you can now get a 5K iMac cheaper than ever before. Apple has introduced a more-affordable option with the same 27-inch display, a 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics for $1,999.

The high-end 5K iMac is now $2,299, and it packs a 3.5GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive and AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics.

You’ll find all of Apple’s new machines in the Online Store now.

Source: Apple

  • dvinson

    Where’s the new Cinema Display!?

    • Taylor

      I too can’t understand how a company obsessed with making things millimeters smaller every year can justify selling the Cinema display in 2015. It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, soon. I wish they would just kill it if they don’t soon.

  • Still no Broadwell chips? Damn, the wait continues

  • RyanTV

    I’m definitely holding off on my 15 retina purchase due to the older processors included. Maybe apple will release a Late 2015 model and skip ahead to the 6th Gen Skylake processors which are supposed to be a revolutional leap over Haswell/Broadwell.

    • Taylor

      I can see your disappointment in a computer in this price range, but honestly if you are in the market for a powerhouse portable Mac and that’s exactly what you need– then there isn’t much else choice, and a next-gen processor will not change the computer significantly enough to warrant a change.

      • RyanTV

        There is a HUGE technology leap going to Skylake (6th gen). Read up on it. It will definitely be worth the wait, particularly since Apple is sticking with Haswell chips here in the rMBP.