New MacBook Pro 13-inch Has Impressive Benchmark Figures

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    New MacBook Pro 13-inch Has Impressive Benchmark Figures


    MacRumors reports today on impressive new benchmark figures for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. The figures, which are courtesy of Primate Labs, show that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro is producing 10-15% higher scores on Geekbench 2 than either the previous version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, or the current version of the MacBook Air 13-inch model. Primate Labs wrote that the new MacBook Pros show a “nice increase in performance” in comparison to the previous MacBook Pro line, with both the new Core i5 and the new Core i7 13-inch MacBook Pros coming out as more than 10% faster than the 2011 MacBook Pros of the same screen size. Primate Labs attributes the increase in performance partly to higher processor speeds, as well as to the new Ivy Bridge processor architecture. Interestingly, Primate Labs points out that the new Core i7 13-inch MacBook Pro is 15% faster than the Core i7 13-inch MacBook Air, which also costs $100 more than the MacBook Pro.

    Source: Benchmarks for New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Beat MacBook Air, Previous MacBook Pro by 10-15% - Mac Rumors

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    Retina MacBook Pro Gets “Best For AirPlay” Display Option In OS X Mountain Lion

    “Best for AirPlay” mode is new in Mountain Lion.



    Here at Cult of Mac, we’ve been playing around with our new Retina MacBook Pro — look for our review tomorrow — and we decided to install Mountain Lion on our shiny new ultra high-res notebook and take Apple’s latest operating system for a spin.

    It runs a peach, of course, but one thing we noticed when we were playing around in the Displays preferences in Mountain Lion was that there is an option to set your display resolution as for “Best for AirPlay,” along with the other two regular options which appear in OS X Lion: Best for Retina display, and Scaled.


    Mountain Lion, of course, introduces the ability to beam video and audio to your Apple TV using AirPlay, just as if your Mac were an iOS device.

    So what does the option do? Essentially, it adjusts your Retina MacBook Pro resolution to 1200 x 800. That’s significantly less pixels than what even a 720p HDTV has, let alone being 1080p HDTV, but presumably Apple is concerned about sending more data wirelessly without lag.

    It’s an interesting, sensible addition to the Retina MacBook Pro’s other display options, but it’s a bit disappointing that a Retina MacBook Pro with a 2880 x 1800 pixel display can’t even use AirPlay to beam 1080p video to your TV.

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    13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Shows Up in Benchmarks



    Amid continued rumors that Apple intends to release a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro in the coming months, a Geekbench 2 benchmark submitted late last month as a "MacBookPro10,2" appears to represent the machine in question.

    In comparison, the new non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro carries the model identifier "MacBookPro9,2", while the 15-inch non-Retina model is "MacBookPro9,1" and the corresponding Retina model is "MacBookPro10,1".

    While the machine name of MacBookPro10,2 on the new entry could be faked, other information included in the Geekbench result is consistent with what would be expected on the new machine. The machine is listed as running a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3520M processor, which is offered in the high-end model of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro. The machine is also listed as running Build 12A2056 of OS X Mountain Lion, with the four-digit build number suffix frequently being used on Apple's custom operating system builds.

    In addition, the motherboard identifier of AFD8A9D944EA4843 previously surfaced as a new machine in early builds of OS X Mountain Lion. While many of the other new motherboard identifiers found in Mountain Lion were accounted for with Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models released last month, the identity of AFD8A9D944EA4843 has remained unknown. Finally, the machine's score of 7806 is on par with results seen for the non-Retina model running the same processor.

    One inconsistency, however, is the listing of just 4 GB of RAM on the Geekbench result. The 2.9 GHz Core i7 processor is paired with 8 GB of RAM even on the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, although prototype machines could have different configurations.

    Back in May, similar Geekbench benchmarks for what turned out to be the non-Retina 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as a revamped iMac, surfaced in the results browser. The revamped iMac has, however, yet to see a public launch.


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