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MacBook vs 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina (2015) spec shootout

by Sean P. Aune | March 9, 2015March 9, 2015 1:12 pm PDT

Apple updated all of its laptops today as well as announcing the brand new MacBook model. Which is for you? We’re about to find out.

We’ve set the 12-inch MacBook against the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina to see which one is more in your range. These are very different machines to be sure just from the ports alone. Of course, at the size of the MacBook there wasn’t a whole lot that could be stuffed into it. And it should be interesting to see how this USB-C works out seeing as there is only one port.

Which of the new MacBooks is catching your fancy?

Apple - MacBook (2015) Apple - 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2015)
Display Size 12-inch, 2304 x 1440 pixel display (226 ppi) 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (227 ppi)
Resolution X 2304 2560
Resolution Y 1440 1600
Display Type Retina display: 12-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2304-by-1440 resolution at 226 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors 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
Resolution Specs
  • Native resolution: 2304 by 1440 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1440 by 900, 1280 by 800, 1024 by 640
  • Native resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, and 1024 by 640 pixels
Operating System Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch) Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch)
Processor
  • 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.4GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache (base model)
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache (base model)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • 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
RAM
  • 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage (base model)
  • 512GB PCIe-based onboard flash storage
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage Configurable to 1TB flash storage.
Camera
  • 480p FaceTime camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers
Input Output
  • USB-C (supports HDMI, USB 3.1)
  • 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 9 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Built-in 39.7-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 29W USB-C Power Adapter; USB-C power port
  • 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
Height 0.52 inches (13.2 mm) 0.71 inches (18.0 mm)
Width 11.04 inches (28.04 cm) 12.35 inches (31.37 cm)
Depth 7.74 inches (19.66 cm) 8.62 inches (21.89 cm)
Weight 2.03 lbs (0.92 kg) 3.48 lbs (1.58 kg)
Colors Gold, Silver, Space Gray N/A

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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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