While the 15-inch MacBook Pro is waiting for Intel’s newest Core i7 processors, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has received some changes that make it a significant upgrade.

…Text is too tiny to be legible at that setting, but opting for one in-between, such as 1,920 x 1,200, lets you fit much more of spreadsheets and other apps into the display than any of the default screen resolutions at the expensive of clarity.

Still, even on the four default resolutions there’s plenty of room for even the most screen-intensive pro apps, and OS X Yosemite‘s divisive design looks much better on Retina displays than it does on lower density screens.

…For now, the haptic feedback simply replicates the feeling of clicking a mechanical trackpad (something it does perfectly – you really feel like you’re pressing a real button), but over time Apple is likely to find other uses for the pressure sensitive technology.

…There are three standard models to choose from, priced at £999 ($1,299 over in the US, which is around AU$1,690), £1,199 ($1,499 over in the US, which is around AU$1,950) and £1,399 ($1,799 over in the US, which is around AU$2,340).

…You can also specify a built-to-order MacBook Pro with a 3.1GHz dual-core Core i7 (with boost to 3.4GHz) with 4MB of shared L3 cache, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of flash storage.

…The MacBook Pro is significantly faster than its predecessor, and while we still wouldn’t recommend the 13-inch MacBook Pro (or any other machine with integrated graphics) for serious gaming, our benchmarks show that graphics performance has improved.

…As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock £999 ($1,299 over in the US, which is around AU$1,690) MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple’s best ever laptop.

…We’re not huge fans of current Mac laptop keyboards, and for now the Force Touch trackpad feels more like a gimmick than anything particularly useful – it isn’t making the MacBook Pro any thinner or lighter and doesn’t have any compelling reason to exist just yet.

…It’s more expensive than an Ultrabook – for example, Dell’s excellent XPS 13 is almost half the price – and the non-Retina MacBook Pro is £100 (around $150, or AU$190) cheaper, but the former won’t tempt OS X fans and the latter means going without that superb screen.

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