Apple updates 15-inch MacBook Pro, adds Force Touch and reduces iMac 5k prices

Apple has today refreshed its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, while also dropping the price of its top-of-the-line iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with the pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad that debuted in the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display along with some user interface enhancements. The upgrades don't stop there as Apple has also included faster flash storage that adds an extra hour of battery life and AMD's new graphics hardware.

The iMac with Retina 5K Display has had a price drop and now starts at just $1,999 with the top-end model just $300 more at $2,299. The new lower starting price was achieved by dropping the Fusion Drive, which combined a traditional 1TB hard drive with a 128GB SSD and automatically moved applications between the two depending on which were in use at the time, but it's worth noting that the higher priced iMac with Retina 5K Display still comes with a Fusion Drive.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, 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. Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”

Both devices are available from Apple online and retail stores - where you can customize the internals to suit your needs - as well as Apple authorized resellers.

Source: Apple (BusinessWire)

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