Apple Fixes Trackpad/Keyboard, Graphics on MacBook Pros
Apple has issued fixes for issues affecting its newest MacBook Pro notebooks.
If you've been holding off on ordering one of Apple's new Retina display 13-inch MacBook Pros because of the trackpad and keyboard issues some users have been experiencing, you can breathe easy. Apple has resolved the issue, which users say caused their trackpad and keyboard on their new laptop to become unresponsive. Apple didn't go into what was causing the issue but the fix is now available for download. Apple recommends it for anyone with a late-2013 MacBook Pro.
The company also issued a fix for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It seems some users were experiencing a bug that limited the performance of the discrete graphics processor after system wake or boot. Apple says it's only an issue in rare cases, so it doesn't sound like too many people are affected. Still, there's a fix available for the problem regardless.
Apple updated its MacBook Pro line in late October, when it announced the new iPad Air. The update includes a new processor and a new price. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now features the same Retina Display we saw in the previous generation of MacBook Pro, as well as Intel's 4th generation 2.5 GHz dual-core Core i5 CPU, Intel's Iris graphics, 4 GB of DRAM, and 128 GB SSD. Pricing for the 13-inch MBP starts at $1299, a $200 reduction compared to the $1499 entry-level price tag from the last generation of MacBook Pro. It's now also thinner (now the same as the 15-inch) and slightly lighter.
The 15-inch model now features a quad-core 2.4 GHz Core i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of SSD storage, and dedicated GeForce GT 750M graphics. The pricing for the 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1999, which is also $200 less than last year's starting price ($2199). Of course, both the 13-inch and 15-inch models ship with OS X Mavericks.