Apple releases cheaper, faster MacBook Pros

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has released new MacBook Pro with Retina display models that offer updated processors and lower prices.

The 13-inch laptop now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch model now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory. Apple today also announced that the 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of flash has a new lower price of $1,399.

Apple touts its Retina display, first featured on its iPhones, as the world’s highest resolution notebook display, and also claims its flash storage is up to four times faster than traditional notebook hard drives, with improved reliability, instant-on responsiveness and up to 30 days of standby time.

The new models are available now through Apple and its retail partners.

In other Apple news today, company CEO Tim Cook is dismissing as a “silly sideshow” an investor lawsuit that takes aim with Apples handling of its large cash reserve and certain corporate governance issues. He insisted Apple is looking at ways to hand out more cash to its shareholders.

Apple has cut Macbook Pro prices by as much as $200.


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