Apple MacBook Pro 2013 – Specs, Features, Price and everything you need to know (Detailed Review)

Heidi Speare December 22, 2013 0

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Apple recently unveiled its new and refreshed versions of the 13-inch and 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptops. These portable computers were upgraded and made even more powerful but at the same time Apple even improved the pricing scheme of all these laptops.

The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is one of the most powerful portable computers in the world. These computers are used by professionals and enthusiasts all around the world, and you might soon want to become one of them. The new generation of MacBook Pro also uses the Intel Haswell series of processors that have been used in the next-gen MacBook Air series of portable computers.

So if you want to know everything about the Apple MacBook Pro or if you are not sure whether this is the perfect computer for you, then this is one review that should help you with everything. We are sure that all your questions will be answered by the end of the post; but if you still have a question, then feel free to let us know about it and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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APPLE MACBOOK PRO 2013
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display has been one of the best high-end notebooks computers ever made by the Cupertino based company. Apple recently unveiled its new and refreshed version of MacBook Pro with Retina Display and they look really great!

Apple has specially designed these new MacBook Pro devices in order to meet the power and battery requirements that consumers demand today. These computers are extremely powerful but at the same time manage to be light in weight and provide battery backup as long as 8 hours.

For the sake of simplicity, from here on we will be referring to these MacBook Pros with Retina Display as simply MacBook Pros. We request you to remember that we are only talking about the latest MacBook Pros here, the ones that come with Iris Graphics.

1. OS X MAVERICKS
One of the most important reasons to get the Apple MacBook Pro 2013 would be to use OS X Mavericks on it! You can use this new OS on any other compatible Apple computer as well, but it just comes as an added bonus and a positive reason to get the Apple MacBook Pro 2013!

As Apple likes to say, ‘OS X Mavericks is the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.’ And considering the fact that the Apple MacBook Pro is the most powerful portable computer that Apple has to offer, you will be able to do wonders on it with the help of OS X Mavericks.

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So if you are planning to get the latest version of Apple MacBook Pro, you can rest assured that your computer will run on OS X Mavericks right out of the box. But we still want you to know that OS X Mavericks is FREE for download on the Mac App Store and here is a list of features that it provides:

  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • Dictation
  • Gatekeeper
  • Notification Center
  • Facebook Integration
  • Twitter Integration
  • Multiple Display Support
  • Finder Tabs and Tags
  • iCloud
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Dashboard
  • Mission Control
  • Spotlight Search
  • Safari Power Saver
  • App Nap
  • Power Nap
  • Compressed Memory
  • Built-in Sharing

2. BUILT-IN APPS
Since the MacBook Pro runs on the latest version of Mac OS, OS X Mavericks, it come with a number of built-in apps that are meant to help you out with your daily activities. We know that you will most probably use your computer for high-end work like Photoshop, Graphics rendering or programming etc., but there are some apps that will really help you out.

We don’t want to get into the details of every app, as you must know many of them. But we specially do want to mention 3 apps in particular. These apps are not available free for download to every Mac consumer, because they are sold on the Mac App Store for $9.99. If you haven’t guessed it already, we are talking about Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

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So here is the list of built-in apps you get with OS X Mavericks followed by the details of the 3 apps that we wanted you to know about. We will try to keep things short and sweet so that you can grasp information quickly.

  • Safari
  • Mail
  • iBooks
  • Mac App Store
  • iTunes store
  • iPhoto
  • iMovie
  • Garageband

Pages (alternative to MS Word)
From the first letter you type, you’ll realize how natural it is to make beautiful documents in Pages. Paint a picture with words. Or add a picture, shape, or interactive chart. Tools for whatever you’re doing appear right when you need them. When you’re ready, you can share in lots of ways with a single click. Writing has never been so effortless. Period.

Numbers (Alternative to MS Excel)
Numbers helps you make spreadsheets more insightful – and more beautiful. Drop your data into a stunning, Apple designed template. Or start with a blank canvas. Add in some quick calculations. Then visualize the numbers with a dramatic interactive chart. Suddenly, you see what it all means. How beautiful is that?

Keynote (Alternative to MS PowerPoint)
Start by choosing a polished Apple designed theme. Bring in photos and videos, and tweak them with powerful graphics tools. Spotlight crucial points with animated, interactive charts. Then cue up cinematic effects and transitions. It’s all available from an intuitive interface. With Keynote, giving a spectacular presentation is astonishingly easy.

Special Offer – Pages, Numbers and Keynote for FREE
As mentioned earlier, these 3 apps are not offered free of cost to every Mac consumer (at least technically they are not). So if you go to the Mac App Store, you will notice that the above-mentioned apps (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) have been priced at $9.99 each. The good news for you is that if you own the new MacBook Pro then you get all these apps for FREE!

3. HARDWARE SPECS and FEATURES
It’s time to get down to business and check out the most important and interesting part of this review – the tech specs! Apple MacBook Pros are popular and well known for their killer hardware configuration and we are sure that you want to know everything about these high-end portable computers.

So go ahead and check out the complete tech specs of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The 13-inch version comes in 3 different models whereas the 15-inch model comes in 2 different versions. The differences between the models are related only to processor, RAM and storage; nothing else changes.

 

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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 (13.3-inch)
DISPLAY

  • 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • 2560 by 1600 pixels native screen resolution
  • 227 ppi pixel density
  • Retina display

PROCESSING SYSTEM and STORAGE
OPTION 1

  • Intel Core i5 chip
  • 2.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 3 MB shared L3 cache
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 4 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 128 GB of internal flash storage
  • Price tag: $1299

OPTION 2

  • Intel Core i5 chip
  • 2.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 3 MB shared L3 cache
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 256 GB of internal flash storage
  • Price tag: $1499

OPTION 3

  • Intel Core i5 chip
  • 2.6 GHz dual-core processor
  • 3 MB shared L3 cache
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 512 GB of internal flash storage
  • Price tag: $1799

CAMERA

  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

DIMENSIONS and WEIGHT

  • Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
  • Width: 12.35 inches (31.4 cm)
  • Depth: 8.62 inches (21.9 cm)
  • Weight: 3.46 pounds (1.57 kg)

BATTERY

  • Built-in 71.8 watt-hour Li-Po battery
  • Up to 9 hours wireless web
  • Up to 9 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days standby time

CONNECTIONS and PORTS

  • 2 USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone
  • Dual mics

WIRELESS

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

AUDIO

  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port

KEYBOARD and TRACKPAD

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys
  • 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • 12 function keys
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Multi-Touch trackpad
  • Supports various gestures

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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 (15.4-inch)
DISPLAY

  • 15.4-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
  • 2880 by 1800 pixels native screen resolution
  • 220 ppi pixel density
  • Retina display

PROCESSING SYSTEM and STORAGE
OPTION 1

  • Intel Core i7 chip
  • 2.0 GHz quad-core processor
  • 6 MB shared L3 cache
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 256 GB of internal flash storage
  • Price Tag: $1999

OPTION 2

  • Intel Core i7 chip
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 6 MB shared L3 cache
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 16 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 512 GB of internal flash storage
  • Price Tag: $2599

CAMERA

  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

DIMENSIONS and WEIGHT

  • Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
  • Width: 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
  • Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
  • Weight: 4.46 pounds (2.02 kg)

BATTERY

  • Built-in 95 watt-hour Li-Po battery
  • Up to 8 hours wireless web
  • Up to 8 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days standby time

CONNECTIONS and PORTS

  • 2 USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone
  • Dual mics

WIRELESS

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

AUDIO

  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port

KEYBOARD and TRACKPAD

  • Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys
  • 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
  • 12 function keys
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Multi-Touch trackpad
  • Supports various gestures

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4. CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIONS
For some reason, if you are not happy with the 3 standard models of the 13-inch MacBook Pro or the 2 standard models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, then this is the section for you. The good part is that Apple provides a lot of customization options when it comes to the latest versions of MacBook Pro.

So if you do not know already, there are a lot of customizable options offered by Apple. But in order to customize your MacBook Pro 13 or MacBook Pro 15, you have to visit Apple’s online store and choose your custom parts then and there itself. At the end of the post, we have provided the link where you can choose the MacBook Pro you want (out of the 5 standard models) and customize any of these parts: Processor, RAM and Storage.

We did not want to make a mess here, so we have tried to give you the details in the simplest form possible. If you are planning to upgrade the processor, RAM or storage on your MacBook Pro, you will have to pay extra amount of money for every upgrade. So here is a list that will give you an idea about how much more money you are going to have to spend.

Even if you did not understand this information, everything should be clear to you once you hit the link provided at the end of the post and start customizing your MacBook Pro.

Processor
13-inch model

  • 2.4 GHz Core i5 to 2.6 GHz Core i5: $100 extra
  • 2.4 GHz Core i5 to 2.8 GHz Core i7: $300 extra
  • 2.6 GHz Core i5 to 2.8 GHz Core i7: $200 extra

15-inch model

  • 2.0 GHz Core i7 to 2.3 GHz Core i7: $100 extra
  • 2.0 GHz Core i7 to 2.6 GHz Core i7: $300 extra
  • 2.3 GHz Core i7 to 2.6 GHz Core i7: $200 extra

RAM

  • 4 GB to 8 GB: $100 extra
  • 4 GB to 16 GB: $300 extra
  • 8 GB to 16 GB: $200 extra

Storage

  • 256 GB to 512 GB: $300 extra
  • 256 GB to 1 TB: $800 extra
  • 512 GB to 1 TB: $500 extra

5. IN THE BOX
No matter what screen size you choose and what configuration you opt for, you will get the same things inside the box. The Apple MacBook Pro 2013 packaging is very similar to the Apple iPhone and iPad. All you get is the laptop, the power cord and some documentation.

  • Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
  • AC wall plug and power cord
  • Printed documentation
  • Electronic documentation

6. PRICE TAGS
We have already listed out the prices of all the standard MacBook Pro models in the technical specifications section. We have also listed out the customization options you have and the extra price you have to pay in order to upgrade the Processor, RAM and storage on your computer.

But if you are interested in getting any of the standard models, then this section will help you choose between the 5 models that are offered. We have listed out the prices of all these models in a systematic way so that it will be easy for you to choose the one that suits you best.

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You can buy any of these standard versions of Apple MacBook Pro using the link provided at the end of the post. And if you are still interested in checking out the customization page, that link is available just below the first one.



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Apple MacBook Pro 2013 (13-inch)

  • $1299 (128 GB flash + 4 GB RAM)
  • $1499 (256 GB flash + 8 GB RAM)
  • $1799 (512 GB flash + 8 GB RAM)

Apple MacBook Pro 2013 (15-inch)

  • $1999 (256 GB flash + 8 GB RAM)
  • $2599 (512 GB flash + 16 GB RAM)

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