Next-Generation 13-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarked with Modest Performance Gains

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As we noted last week, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference came and went without seeing the introduction of updated MacBook Pro models, to the surprise and disappointment of many observers.

    But just like with Apple's upcoming Mac Pro, benchmarks for an updated MacBook Pro have begun appearing in the Geekbench results database. The result was posted two days ago, and was noticed by pikeralpha (via forum member Sneakz) yesterday.


    As with the mac pro, this MacBook Pro appears under a code name of "AAPLJ44,1" and appears to correspond to a 13" MacBook Pro, and while it is not exactly clear whether it refers to a Retina or non-Retina model, the two machines would perform roughly equally when using the same processor. Apple has, however, been rumored to be phasing out the non-Retina models, and if true this result would seem to point to a new Haswell-based Retina MacBook Pro.

    The machine shown in the benchmark results is running a dual-core Intel Core i5-4258U processor running at 2.4 GHz with 8 GB of RAM and a Boot ROM dated June 5. Like the Mac Pro, this MacBook Pro is running a special build of OS X Mavericks, termed Build 13A2050.

    Primate Labs' John Poole has put together a graphic showing how the Geekbench performance of this new machine compares to that of other recent 13-inch MacBook Pro models, revealing a 5-8% boost in performance compared to the previous low-end models while running at a lower clock speed.


    As seen in the MacBook Air released last week, one of the major benefits to Intel's new Haswell platform is reduced energy consumption, with Apple choosing to offer only a modest boost in performance while bringing massive increases in battery life that see the new 13-inch MacBook Air reaching 12 hours or more of battery life.

    It has been unclear exactly how Apple will prioritize battery life and performance in the MacBook Pro, but it appears that the company may be pursuing a similar strategy to that seen in the MacBook Air, boosting performance only slightly while pushing much of the energy savings into increased battery life.

    The 13-inch MacBook Pro currently offers 7 hours of battery life, and while Apple may not be able to duplicate the 80% increase in battery life seen with the MacBook Air's switch to Haswell due to other power-hungry components such as the MacBook Pro's Retina display, the company may still be able to offer substantial battery life improvements in its new machines.

    Article Link: Next-Generation 13-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarked with Modest Performance Gains
  2. vmachiel macrumors 68000

    Feb 15, 2011
    Nice. As said in the article, i don't think the battery life increase will be as huge as with the air, but if they add 2 hours or so that would be amazing
  3. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    Wow... soon they will begin making less-powerful computers just to accommodate design.
  4. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    What a bunch of nonsense.....

    A majority of users who buy these computers have no need for benchmarks to go higher and higher.

    Ya know what EVERYONE would love? More battery life. Apple is doing a great thing by pushing the envelope here. 12 hours in a laptop is unheard of (the new MBAs). If they can get a rMBP with this kind of power to 8-9 hours?

    Slower clock speeds, more power AND more battery life. Again, Apple is doing it right.

    Wow is right, though not the way you used it.
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    This is good news.

    Using the 28W CPUs means:

    - Similar CPU performance at much lower power use
    - Large increase in GPU performance

    These CPUs have the HD 5100 Iris integrated graphics. Here's a comparison chart:


    Leftmost bars are the old HD 4000 graphics.

    Middle bars are the new HD 5000 graphics like those in the 2013 Air.

    Rightmost bars are the HD 5100 graphics that will probably be in the new 13" retina.
  6. ArchAndroid macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2012
    London, England
    Haswell IPC = Ivy Bridge IPC + 10%

    It's to be expected that the CPU gains are quite modest. Where there should be large gains are on the GPU side of the Haswell chips.
  7. crispytreat macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
    I am really looking forward to the new 13" retina.
  8. technowar macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Cebu, Philippines
    Ultimate question, when is it going to be announced/released?
  9. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada

    And no mention of the fact that Apple is switching from a M-series CPU to a U-series one?

    Going from 35W TDP to 28W is a considerable change. The new MBA only dropped 2W and look at the kind of battery life increase we've had.
  10. BoxBrownie macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
    I'm looking forward to price of the retina display drop so I can afford it :p
  11. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    The release date is the leak I'm interested in.:)
  12. Steve121178 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I am guessing along with the Mac Pro, they will launch around the same time as 10.9.
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Very happy to see this. The battery life will be nice. Even getting 2 hours more would be fantastic.

    I will be getting one once they update.
  14. Henriok macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2002
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    I think Intel's doing a great job! Good work!
  15. lcmazza macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    So we should assume that the new Macbook Pros are coming in September only?
    Because that's when Mavericks, iPhone 5S and Mac Pro are coming, right? :rolleyes:
  16. iMatt7 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2013
  17. polymersayb macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012

    I'm excited about the Iris graphics and the 28W processors. I'm still hoping for an upgrade to a stepped-down quad-core, but that wouldn't be the end of the world if they don't offer it. I'm a little concerned that the maximum RAM for that chip is 16GB... will Apple offer a 16GB upgrade option? I for one am not just buying this to have a retina Air—I'd really like to have a little bit of a performance boost over the Airs without going to a 15" form factor. Though I'm glad to shave a bit of performance in exchange for a boost in battery life, since I'm not going to be doing processor-intensive work that often.
  18. ka-spot macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2012
    Sofia, Bulgaria
  19. Wuiffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2011
    until a few weeks ago I hoped Apple would man up and equip the 13'' MBP with a quadcore (iris pro would have been nice). As it seems, this is not happening but the Haswell U series seems the next best thing: bit of CPU improvement, huge graphics improvement and probably a longer batterylife. I only hope the price stays the same, as the new processor seems to be more expansive. But they managed to do that on the new Airs too :)
  20. Lycanthrope macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2005
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Just to note than my 15" MBPr rates 500 higher on Geekbench under Mavericks compared to ML...
  21. ScottH1220 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2013
    [/COLOR]Someone please give your advice or elaborate on this:
    I am in the market for a new mpb. I don't need it this second but can't wait til the fall. Are they going to update the non-retina or simply phase it out? I want a non-retina model to save money plus i plan to use a larger external monitor most of the time. If they are going to go forward with only the retina I see no reason for them to put haswell in the non-retina. Should I buy now?
  22. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    MacBook Pro wishlist:

    - Major increase in battery life
    - Slight CPU performance increase
    - Significant discrete GPU increase (the nVidia one)
    - Thunderbolt 2.0 and/or support for external 4K displays
    - Quad Core + 16GB option for the 13" version

    Nice to have:

    - Slightly thinner/lighter
    - Slight increase in Retina resolution
    - Slightly cheaper :D
  23. Asclepio macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
    nonsense? it's the truth
  24. hova macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    I was really hoping for the Iris Pro Graphics 5200, not HD 5100 Graphics
    They could have a great differentiation between the Air with battery life and the Pro with power

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