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2015 13-inch MacBook Pro vs 15-inch MacBook Pro spec shootout

The MacBook Pro line was updated today, and now it’s time to see what the differences are between the models other than just the size of their screen.

Of course the most obvious difference between the two models are their size, but there are also some differences under the hood as well when it comes to their specs. There are some definite differences in the horsepower you can expect.

When deciding which one is the right one for you, give some definite thought to what tasks you aim to accomplish with it.

Apple - 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015) Apple - 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015)
Display Size 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (227 ppi) 15.4-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (196 ppi)
Resolution X 2560 2560
Resolution Y 1600 1600
Display Type Retina display: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
Resolution Specs
  • Native resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, and 1024 by 640 pixels
  • Native resolution: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels
Operating System Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch) Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch)
Processor
  • 2.7GHz 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
RAM
  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB
  • 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
Storage
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage Configurable to 1TB flash storage.
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage Configurable to 1TB flash storage
Camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers
Input Output
  • Headphone port
  • HDMI port
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • Headphone port
  • HDMI port
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
Networks
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 12 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Built-in 74.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port
  • Up to 8 hours wireless web
  • Up to 8 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Built-in 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port
Height 0.71 inches (18.0 mm) 0.71 inches (18.0 mm)
Width 12.35 inches (31.37 cm) 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
Depth 8.62 inches (21.89 cm) 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight 3.48 lbs (1.58 kg) 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Colors N/A N/A

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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