13-inch MacBook Pro refresh specs leaked

A photograph revealing the supposed specifications of Apple's upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh has leaked. Unlike recent rumors, however, the photograph indicates the model will be sporting a rather pedestrian 1280x800-resolution display.

While previous rumors indicated the upcoming MacBook refresh would feature a version Apple's Retina screen, it appears those rumors were false – at least for the 13-inch model. One rumor that does appear to be true, if the leaked specifications are real, is the inclusion of USB 3.0. According to the specifications, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will feature two USB 3.0 ports, the first time the new USB standard has been included in an Apple product. The company isn't abandoning its Thunderbolt port, however, as the device will still feature a single Thunderbolt port.

As expected, the upcoming MacBook Pro revision will include a processor refresh, according to the photograph. The new baseline MacBook Pro model will include a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, a step up from the current 13-inch baseline MacBook Pro's 2.4GHz i5 processor.

Also of note is the fact that the physical specifications appear to be keeping with the current MacBook Pro's design. Given that the dimensions of the product are the same – 12.78" by 8.94" by 0.95" – it appears the 13-inch MacBook Pro won't feature the rumored redesign. It's still possible, however, that the Retina display and thinner redesign could be featured in the 15-inch model, however, which would be keeping with the previous rumors reported by 9to5Mac.

Via: The Verge
Source: WeiPhone | Image via WeiPhone

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I hope thats wrong. I was hoping to get my first mac, the retina display was the biggest draw in. I was aiming for the 13" model to..so this may be a no buy. I want something 13" w/ 1440x900 at a minimum, and with power to.

myxomatosis said,
I hope the 15inch model will be a little bit more impressive. I've been waiting for these babies for a long time now.

This I found on another tech site.

15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2560x1600 Retina display, 16GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM plus an AMD Radeon HD 7770M graphics core with 2GB of RAM and auto switching to integrated Intel video.

MBP 15 inch rumored specs:::::


15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2560x1600 Retina display, 16GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM plus an AMD Radeon HD 7770M graphics core with 2GB of RAM and auto switching to integrated Intel video.

that is barely a refresh.
I am not expecting a different screen but I am expecting more of a boost in cpu, gpu and possibly battery life.

Leaked specs like that gives me a red flag i have a hard time be leaving those specs cause it typically be a minor refresh then

This is garbage if this is all they can come up with. I'd hardly call this a refresh. I'm waiting on the specs of the Macbook Air. Won't hold my breath tho.

Oh and not to mention a 5400RPM HD, come on....

The 13" MBP has never really been all that "pro". It's a MacBook in all but name. The weak gfx and same-res-as-my 6-year-old-MacBook mean it really shouldn't carry the Pro tag. So even if this is real don't assume this means the real MBP's won't have any of the rumoured goodies.

Thought they were going after XPS 13 Ultrabook.
They would spit into the world the following:
"
1. High class Carbon Fiber
2. Incredible Graphics
3. Retina Display
4. Ultra Slim Model
Etc. "

But oh well....

Looks like the only update is the CPU/GPU, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and 1600MHz RAM standard instead of an aftermarket upgrade.

Not any huge upgrades, just evolutionary changes, not enough to make a SandyBridge user upgrade, but should be a great upgrade for any Core2Duo upgrades.

I wish that 1280x800 wasn't standard, 14400x900 should be standard IMO.

That SuperDrive isnt looking so super anymore. Would be nice to see either Blu-Ray or just dump the drive totally. You arent going to use DVDs on the move anyway (not often enough to justify an antique on a sexy new laptop). Pretty much all software these days comes in downloadable form. So..... yeah scrap it or upgrade it!

All the evidence points to Retina macs. The graphical elements are even in the ML OS. This must be a fake, otherwise it'll be a big blow to the Macbook sales..

Dannydeman said,
All the evidence points to Retina macs. The graphical elements are even in the ML OS. This must be a fake, otherwise it'll be a big blow to the Macbook sales..

Retina could always be an upgrade option.

@mac said,

Retina could always be an upgrade option.


Very good point, especially as Apple has offered display options in the past, then matte vs glossy displays. It would be much like them to offer this as a BTO option.

They may even be forced to do it like that if they haven't got the volume production for the Retinas up to the level where they want it to be yet. Making it an option would take off a lot of pressure there. Many just buy the Macs like they are.

Edited by Northgrove, Jun 5 2012, 4:05pm :

Dannydeman said,
All the evidence points to Retina macs. The graphical elements are even in the ML OS. This must be a fake, otherwise it'll be a big blow to the Macbook sales..

The last rumour that came out regarding retina is that it would add another $100 to the cost of building a MacBook - I have a feeling that if they ever do bring it it'll be an BTO option in the same way that hi-res is a BTO option for MacBook Pro 15".

IMHO Retina only makes sense when viewing things on a small screen thus you require accuracy with representation of text but once you get up to 13/15/17/21.5/27inches you're far enough away from the screen that the extra pixel density doesn't make any sense.

Dannydeman said,
All the evidence points to Retina macs. The graphical elements are even in the ML OS. This must be a fake, otherwise it'll be a big blow to the Macbook sales..

The last rumour that came out regarding retina is that it would add another $100 to the cost of building a MacBook - I have a feeling that if they ever do bring it it'll be an BTO option in the same way that hi-res is a BTO option for MacBook Pro 15".

IMHO Retina only makes sense when viewing things on a small screen thus you require accuracy with representation of text but once you get up to 13/15/17/21.5/27inches you're far enough away from the screen that the extra pixel density doesn't make any sense.

thealexweb said,
It's still refereed to as Mac OS X there, even though the Mac bit has been dropped -.^

I was thinking the same thing!

thealexweb said,
It's still refereed to as Mac OS X there, even though the Mac bit has been dropped -.^

oh! Interesting. Also, I would have thought Apple would use an Intel term such as Turbo Boost in the official specs as well.

thealexweb said,
It's still refereed to as Mac OS X there, even though the Mac bit has been dropped -.^

The Mac bit isnt being dropped until Mountain Lion.

thealexweb said,
It's still refereed to as Mac OS X there, even though the Mac bit has been dropped -.^

It crossed my mind as well. That said Apple only dropped the "Mac" completely starting OS X Mountain Lion. OS X Lion still says "Mac OS X" in the About This Mac window and other places. So if OS X Mountain Lion isn't ready yet, "Mac OS X" could be legit.

kraized said,
They refer to Lion as OSX. 'Mac' has been dropped.

Not consistently. Like I said above: Check the OS X Lion About This Mac window, it says "Mac OS X". System Information refers to the OS as being "Mac OS X Lion 1.7.4" as well.

.Neo said,

It crossed my mind as well. That said Apple only dropped the "Mac" completely starting OS X Mountain Lion. OS X Lion still says "Mac OS X" in the About This Mac window and other places. So if OS X Mountain Lion isn't ready yet, "Mac OS X" could be legit.


Not consistently. Like I said above: Check the OS X Lion About This Mac window, it says "Mac OS X". System Information refers to the OS as being "Mac OS X Lion 1.7.4" as well.

This may be true, but going on the official apple website shows no Mac OS X advertising. The Mac bit is definitely dropped. Even with OS X Lion.

USB3 is the only best thing in that spec sheet. People have to put up with HD4000 graphics for better battery life. That poor thing will choke with retina quality display.

I tend to judge any laptop based on its GPU. HD4000 is still far behind the similar likes of Nvidia and AMD when it comes to performance.

sanke1 said,
USB3 is the only best thing in that spec sheet. People have to put up with HD4000 graphics for better battery life. That poor thing will choke with retina quality display.

I tend to judge any laptop based on its GPU. HD4000 is still far behind the similar likes of Nvidia and AMD when it comes to performance.

They have two completely different markets. The HD intel graphics is only there to push GPU acceleration to computers, and they are built within the processor chip, so it's space convenient and does it job. If you look at most laptops (concerning ultra books like Asus etc.) they use the same technology, but the newest zenbook with a 'Retina' display uses a discrete graphics too, and I bet it's mainly to power the new resolution. But they also feature a HD4000, and it might also use the nvidia Optimus feature which switches back and forth GPU profiles, to save battery life.

Anyhow, the HD4000 is great at pushing small GPU power to Photoshop/Old games, it might not be able to handle huge eye ball busting files/games, but you can't expect it to perform as well as a discrete graphics card.

sanke1 said,
USB3 is the only best thing in that spec sheet. People have to put up with HD4000 graphics for better battery life. That poor thing will choke with retina quality display.

I tend to judge any laptop based on its GPU. HD4000 is still far behind the similar likes of Nvidia and AMD when it comes to performance.

And your opinion is based on.....?

All the evidence points to HD 4000 being a fairly good GPU for what it can achieve - it'll never set the world alight playing the heavy lifting games but it sure as heck will run a high resolution screen, assist with video compression/decompression, support the latest OpenGL/OpenCL etc. without too many problems which is where the bulk of users in general want. The laptop is built for the 99% NOT the 1% who seem to dominate this forum.

sanke1 said,
USB3 is the only best thing in that spec sheet. People have to put up with HD4000 graphics for better battery life. That poor thing will choke with retina quality display.

I tend to judge any laptop based on its GPU. HD4000 is still far behind the similar likes of Nvidia and AMD when it comes to performance.

And your opinion is based on.....?

All the evidence points to HD 4000 being a fairly good GPU for what it can achieve - it'll never set the world alight playing the heavy lifting games but it sure as heck will run a high resolution screen, assist with video compression/decompression, support the latest OpenGL/OpenCL etc. without too many problems which is where the bulk of users in general want. The laptop is built for the 99% NOT the 1% who seem to dominate this forum.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

And your opinion is based on.....?

All the evidence points to HD 4000 being a fairly good GPU for what it can achieve - it'll never set the world alight playing the heavy lifting games but it sure as heck will run a high resolution screen, assist with video compression/decompression, support the latest OpenGL/OpenCL etc. without too many problems which is where the bulk of users in general want. The laptop is built for the 99% NOT the 1% who seem to dominate this forum.

My opinion is based on my own observation.

ahhell said,
WTF? How exactly are they doing that?

Someone tried to convince me that I should spend $500 more and buy a Macbook Pro for my next laptop instead of a Lenovo T420s\T430s simply because it has a Thunderbolt port, even though the only things that use it are $350 external drive, $1200 monitors and $1500 external RAID arrays, none of which I need, want or could afford.

Maybe that's what this person means?

Also 5400rpm hard drive? Why not go a 7200rpm unit?

Douglas_C said,

Also 5400rpm hard drive? Why not go a 7200rpm unit?

It's a bit surprising to me that it's coming with a HDD at all. Apple was quite aggressively pushing for SSD's - I wonder what happened, if this is true. It's weird and backwards how the Macbook Airs come with SSD's by default, while the "Pro" variants don't.

This leak is definitely confusing, as not even Apple themselves like DVD's and HDD's. They take far more pride in the MacBook Air hardware than that kind of old technology. So, the obvious step forward for Apple, even according to them, surely isn't this.

Well, we'll see if this is true, to begin with. But it certainly looks convincing.

sexypepperoni said,
First day buy for me! Leave it to Apple to push the envelope in technology.

Comments like these screw Neowin sooo hard.

robinjam said,

It's called sarcasm, love.

No, it's not. In every single Apple thread you can find that person making the same type of comment.

rosszone said,
I have no idea how anyone can actually get anything accomplished on 1280x800 screens.

Depends on the tasks you require, so many people just spend time writing, browsing online, playing music, etc. none of which require much demand for space.

lt8480 said,

Depends on the tasks you require, so many people just spend time writing, browsing online, playing music, etc. none of which require much demand for space.

but really, even the MBA 13 is 1440x900

rosszone said,
I have no idea how anyone can actually get anything accomplished on 1280x800 screens.

When I fancy the sofa, I can do full-time front end development on my 13" MBP.

lt8480 said,
Depends on the tasks you require, so many people just spend time writing, browsing online, playing music, etc. none of which require much demand for space.

I don't think you need a MBP for these.

rosszone said,
I have no idea how anyone can actually get anything accomplished on 1280x800 screens.

Then obviously you aren't their target audience given that the PC world is filled with crap laptops with lower resolution that that yet the masses seem to be quite happy with such crappy resolution. Go down the road to a big box vendor and see for yourself the number of 15inch laptops that have 1280x800 screens - just because you want something doesn't mean that it is a high priority on every shoppers list of things to consider when purchasing a laptop.

rosszone said,
I have no idea how anyone can actually get anything accomplished on 1280x800 screens.

Then obviously you aren't their target audience given that the PC world is filled with crap laptops with lower resolution that that yet the masses seem to be quite happy with such crappy resolution. Go down the road to a big box vendor and see for yourself the number of 15inch laptops that have 1280x800 screens - just because you want something doesn't mean that it is a high priority on every shoppers list of things to consider when purchasing a laptop.

ahhell said,
Firewire? I thought those had been removed from most Apple products.
Pretty mediocre specs too.

I Think this is fake... I hope they redesign with at least 8GB memory and a dedicated graphic card.

still1 said,

I Think this is fake... I hope they redesign with at least 8GB memory and a dedicated graphic card.

They never add enough RAM to their devices. They make too much money on upgrades.

ahhell said,
Firewire? I thought those had been removed from most Apple products.

All Macs except the MacBook Air carry FireWire 800 ports...