This morning Apple announced the release of the 2015 refresh of their 15” Retina MacBook Pro lineup. With the 13” rMBP having been updated with an Intel Broadwell processor back in March, we were expecting a similar update for the 15” model around this timeframe, however as it turns out Apple will be sticking with Haswell just a bit longer. Let’s jump into the specs.

15" Retina MacBook Pro Lineup
Model 2014 (base) 2014 (high-end) 2015 (base) 2015 (high-end)
Dimensions 0.71 inch (1.8 cm) x 14.13 inches (35.89 cm) x 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg) 4.49 lbs (2.04 kg)
CPU 2.2GHz Core i7-4770HQ
(Haswell)
2.5GHz Core i7-4870HQ
(Haswell)
2.2GHz Core i7-4770HQ
(Haswell)
2.5GHz Core i7-4870HQ
(Haswell)
GPU Intel Iris Pro Intel Iris Pro + GeForce GT 750M (2GB) Intel Iris Pro Intel Iris Pro + Radeon R9 M370X (2GB)
Display 15" 2880 x 1800 IPS LCD
Memory 16GB DDR3L
SSD 256GB PCIe SSD (PCIe x2) 512GB PCIe SSD (PCIe x2) 256GB PCIe SSD (PCIe x4) 512GB PCIe SSD (PCIe x4)
Battery Capacity 95 Wh 99.5 Wh
Battery Life 8 Hours 9 Hours
Price $1999 $2499 $1999 $2499

As far as the overall design goes, based on Apple’s specifications it does not look like the chassis has been updated in any way. The 15 rMBP’s dimensions are identical - it’s still 0.71” (18mm) thick – though the weight has gone up very slightly from 4.46lbs (2.02kg) to 4.49lbs (2.04kg). Nor have the ports changed, with a combination of USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, MagSafe 2, and not a Type-C port in sight.

However on the input side of matters the Force Touch trackpad, first introduced on the MacBook and 2015 13” rMBP, has finally made its way over to the 15” model. In the case of the MacBook Pro Apple isn’t looking to save space in the same manner as they were the MacBook, but rather the Force Touch trackpad represents the next generation of trackpads for the company thanks to its pressure-sensitive touch and the additional input options that unlocks.

Meanwhile on the inside, much to our surprise the processor situation remains unchanged. Apple has confirmed that the 15” rMBP continues to use Intel’s Haswell processors and not their newer Broadwell processors, and as a result the processors available for the 2015 15” rMBP are identical to the 2014 processor options.

Since the processors have not changed, this also means that the 2015 models offer the same Iris Pro-equipped CPUs across the entire 15” lineup, with all models including the 40EU Iris Pro 5200 GPU. On the other hand the optional discrete GPU for the rMBP has changed; it is now AMD’s just-introduced Radeon R9 M370X, which ships with 2GB of VRAM. Unfortunately we know very little about M370X at this time – AMD’s closest part we do have specs for is the Cape Verde based M375 – so at the moment we’re unsure if this is another Verde part or if it’s something else entirely.

Elsewere, on the storage side of matters the SSDs have seen a slight upgrade. Just like the 13" rMBP earlier this year, the new 15" rMBP is now using a wider, PCIe x4 SSD. This will double theoretical maximum through, though the actual performance impact remains to be seen.

The final notable change here is that both battery capacity and battery time have gone up. Battery capacity is now up to 99.5 Wh, up from 95 Wh in 2014. It will be interesting to see the first rMBP tear-down, to see if this comes from different battery chemistry or improved space utilization to allow a physically larger battery. In either case, battery life is now speced for 9 hours for both web browsing and video playback, up from 8 hours on the 2014 model. A whole additional hour on just a slightly larger battery may be a bit optimistic, especially if Apple hasn’t made any other power savings changes.

Retina iMac

Meanwhile the Retina iMac has also received a partial upgrade, with Apple realigning their SKUs. The big news here is that Apple has shoved the non-Retina 27” iMac into a corner, and now offers 2 27” configurations with Retina.

27" Retina iMac
Model 2015 (base) 2015 (high-end)
CPU 3.3GHz Core i5-4590
(Haswell)
3.5GHz Core i5-4690
(Haswell)
GPU AMD Radeon R9 M290 (2GB) AMD Radeon R9 M290X (2GB)
Display 27" 5120 x 2880 IPS LCD
Memory 8GB DDR3
Storage 1TB 7200RPM HDD 1TB Fusion Drive
Price $1999 $2299

The new $1999 base model is essentially a slightly cut down version of the original model launched late last year, and comes equipped with a 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-4590 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive (no Fusion Drive on the base model), and a Radeon R9 M290 for graphics. Meanwhile the original Retina iMac is unchanged in configuration and is now the high-end option for the iMac. At the same time its price has been brought down $200, from $2499 to $2299.

 

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  • Beany2013 - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - link

    That, and the fact that the trackpad on the Folio 1040 is a bit pile of wank.

    Source: I have one. And I use a mouse after six months of suffering with misclicks and poor right click detection.
    Reply
  • Crunchy005 - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    The macbook air does not have a force touch trackpad, that would be the Macbook that has it(also the one port thing applies to the Macbook not the air). Reply
  • Crunchy005 - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    Also I see no mention of a force touch trackpad or anything like that on the folio(on HP's website anyway). I'm very curious, if you could point it out and possibly a link that would be cool. :) Reply
  • kspirit - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/2607676/computer-... Reply
  • Crunchy005 - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    Awesome, thanks for the link. Thats cool didn't know they had that. They should really advertise it as a feature, looks like HPs marketing isn't doing their job. Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    People are freaking out because Apple's execution is the best so far.

    Try a Folio and a Macbook trackpad side by side, it isn't even close. Force touch is some sorcery
    Reply
  • drzzz - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    The Statement "The big news here is that Apple has done away with the non-Retina 27” iMac" is incorrect. A quick check of the US Online Apple store shows there is still a 27" non retina configuration available at the 1799 price point. I find this level of bad reporting from AnandTech to be disappointing. Here is the link to the US apple store pages

    http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/imac scroll down and the non-retina 27" is on the bottom left side

    http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/imac?product=ME0... here is the product page for the non-retina 27" model

    Again really, if you are going to report something has been done away with at least do a check of the Apple Store before hitting publish.
    Reply
  • Mushkins - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    You know discontinuing a product doesn't mean you immediately pull all the remaining stock off shelves, right? It makes perfect sense for them to still be selling what they already have sitting in a warehouse until its gone while not manufacturing any more of that product line. Reply
  • drzzz - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    AT is the only site reporting that the non-retina 27" have been done away with. None of the Apple dedicated sites are reporting this. I can find no Apple press release that states this as fact. Given they are still available in the store the statement I quoted originally is indeed false. When they are removed from sale and no longer in the store then and only then have been truly been done away with. Reply
  • Significant - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - link

    Not only is it still on the store, it is also still described on the product page:
    http://www.apple.com/imac/specs/
    So I see no indication that it has been discontinued.
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