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Apple Announces Haswell MacBook Pro Starting at $1299

Intel announced its 4th generation Haswell CPUs in June of this year. It wasn't long before the companies started updating their computers with the new chips, but Apple's MacBook Pros were notably absent from the list of Haswell machines. The company just gave its iMac line the Haswell treatment at the end of last month. Now it's the MacBook Pros turn.

Right after Apple confirmed the release of OS X Mavericks, the company confirmed updates to its MacBook Pro line. This 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.

Apple also upgraded the 15-inch model. This one 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 will ship with OS X Mavericks.

Check out the hands on with the new MacBook Pros from our sister site LAPTOP:

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