New Retina iMac and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch
Posted: May 20 2015
Today Apple have introduced a new entry level iMac with Retina 5K display starting at £1599, and dropped the price of the current model by £150 to £1849. Whilst the specification of the current model stays the same, the entry level model comes with a slightly less powerful 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and a 1TB hard drive (as opposed to the 1TB Fusion Drive). Whilst we can understand Apple needs to offer some product differentiation we find it quite hard to stomach seeing the entry level model at £1599 and without a Fusion Drive!
The 15-inch MacBook Pro was also shown some love, with a refresh to include the new Force Touch Trackpad and AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics for the range topping model. Interestingly the processors have remained unchanged, leaving the machines with the 4th generation Haswell chips. It now appears Apple will be skipping the Broadwell chips for the 15-inch range, favouring a longer wait for the 6th generation Skylake processors. With an expected release of late 2015, we might not see these chips inside an Apple product until Christmas or even early 2016.