Apple today refreshed its MacBook Pro line-up with modest improvements in processor speed, upgraded RAM in some models, and price cuts across the board.

The non-Retina 13in MacBook Pro is down from £999 to £899 and retains the same specification in what is surely a last hurrah for non-Retina Apple notebooks. The three Retina 13in models have been bumped up to 2.6GHz in the least expensive two models and 2.8GHz in the top end machine. RAM is now 8GB in all models and storage remains at 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB respectively. Prices were cut by £100 in the top and bottom of the range notebooks and £50 in the middle, and are now £999, £1199, and £1399.

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