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This 13-inch notebook belongs to the third generation MacBook Pro with the Retina screen. The first was built on the Intel Ivy Bridge platform and was equipped with drives with a SATA bus. The second generation switched to Haswell processors and brought support for the PCIe interface for solid-state drives. In this case, models of the middle of 2014 on Haswell differ from their predecessors only by increased CPU frequencies within the same 28 W thermal package. Processors with the Broadwell microarchitecture in the Broadwell-U version began their commercial life only in February of this year, so we really see the new MacBook Pro just now. By the way, his brother with a 15-inch screen will appear even later, following quad-core Broadwell versions, and maybe even not Broadwell, and Skylake-Intel has not yet disclosed its plans in this direction.

Another significant innovation was timed to the next upgrade of the processor platform: new SSDs with PCIe x4 interface appeared in the new MacBooks. Finally, there was a slight change in the ergonomics of the MacBook Pro, related to the intriguing Force Touch technology, which debuted in the 12-inch ultraportable MacBook. But we start, as expected, with hardware specifications.

# Technical specifications, prices

In general, Broadwell architecture represents the development of the architecture of Haswell, but on the process technology of 14 nm and with minimal changes in the core of x86. In the terminology, Intel Haswell refers to the "so" phase corresponding to the emergence of a new architecture, and Broadwell is a "tick" associated with mastering a new technological process.

Accordingly, there is no significant growth in performance per clock from Broadwell, although Intel says it is increasing the IPC (Istructions per Cycle) by 5% compared to Haswell's. The main advantages stem from the change in the process technology and the concomitant reduction in operating stresses. MacBook Pro, due to the platform change from Haswell to Broadwell, has acquired a line of three CPUs – Core i5-5257U, Core i5-5287U and Core i7-5557U, whose base frequency is 100 MHz higher than that of similar positions in the MacBook Pro 2014. The heat package is still the same – 28 W.

The processors have an integrated eight-generation Intel GPU in the maximum configuration for today – the Iris 6100, which includes 48 executive units (EU). For comparison: the graphics core Iris 5100 in the MacBook on Haswell contains 40 EU. In addition, the Broadwell GPU architecture has been optimized. According to Intel, graphics performance in Broadwell-U has grown by 22% compared to the same indicator of Haswell-U.

In addition to fully hardware decoding of H.264 video, there is some software decoding of H.265 (HEVC): some of the operations are performed on shader ALUs. However, the latter function is hardly available in OS X.

GPU frequencies used in the MacBook Pro are almost the same (1.05-1.1 GHz). And by the way, welcome the long-awaited support for the resolution of 3840×2160 with a frequency of 60 Hz via DisplayPort.

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Displaying the history of the United States,

13.3 inches, 2560 × 1600, IPS
CPU Intel Core i5-5257U (2 cores, 2.7-3.1 GHz) /
Intel Core i5-5287U (2 cores, 2.9-3.3 GHz) /
Intel Core i7 -5557U (2 cores, 3.1 -3.4 GHz)
Chipset PCH-LP on the substrate of the CPU
Operative memory LPDDR3 SDRAM, 1866 MHz, 8/16 GB
GPU Intel Iris 6100 Graphics
The accumulator SSD, PCIe 2.0 x4, 128/256/512/1024 GB
I / O Ports 2 × Thunderbolt 2,
2 × USB 3.0,
1 × HDMI,
1 × 3.5 mm TRS (mini-jack),
1 × SDXC
Network AirPort Extreme IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Battery, watts 74.9
Weight, kg 1.58
Overall dimensions (L × H × D), mm 314 × 219 × 18

The most noticeable advantages of Broadwell are to be expected in the field of power consumption. The CPU chip itself consumes energy more efficiently within its TDP. In addition, part of the optimizations fell on the built-in south bridge. Processors Broadwell-U, relatively speaking, are systems on the chip, since the south bridge PCH-LP is decoupled on one substrate with the CPU. PCH is still produced on a 32 nm process technology (a small contribution to the combined capacity of SoC allows us not to pursue a more progressive standard), but has undergone changes that reduced the chip's power consumption in idle and under load by 25% and 20% respectively. Due to the updated sound DSP, power reduction is achieved when playing music and movies.

It's not for nothing that Apple indicates 10 hours of battery life for web surfing (an hour more than last generation) and 12 hours for watching videos in iTunes. However, a slightly enlarged battery contributed to this parameter (74.9 vs. 71.8 Wh / h).

The second, if not the first significant innovation in the new MacBook Pro is the SSD with PCIe x4 interface. The drive is made in general for the "Mac" proprietary form factor and is equipped with a controller Samsung S4LN058A01. The latter supports the PCIe 3.0 interface, but the SoC of the laptop () is limited to version 2.0 of the

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At the end of the talk about technical characteristics, we will sound the prices for the new MacBooks. In the United States, the cost of three configurations with the specified CPUs and SSDs of 128, 256 and 512 GB, respectively, is $ 1,299, $ 1,499 and $ 1,799. In the Russian Apple Store, these amounts are transformed into 99,990,115,990 and 138,990 rubles.

# Package Contents

The set of accessories "MacBook" has not changed. The computer is still charged from the MagSafe 60W power supply. In addition to it, there is an extension cable, a set of paper documents and a cloth for rubbing in the box.

# Appearance, ergonomics

The appearance of the MacBook Pro in 2015 can not be distinguished from its predecessors. The model is determined only by marking on the underside.

Even the updated Touch Touchpad coincides in size and shape with the MacBook Pro touchpad in the last two years. About him, however, it is worth to tell in more detail.

By clicking on the touchpad, you will never guess, it is somewhat different from the usual mechanical design. It just seems that the touchpad platform is evenly plunged into the case at all angles, which makes it easy to click anywhere. Clicking is softer than the touchpad of past generations of the MacBook, that's the difference. But if you look closely, the platform of the touchpad moves though when pressed, but for an insignificant distance, and neither a click nor a reaction to a click does not occur if you replace the finger with an assistant hard object. That is, the touchpad actually determines the finger pressing electronically and somehow (as we'll tell you later) creates a mechanical feedback. But the illusion of pressing the real key is so strong that it does not dispel this observation at all.

If you push harder after the first click, the second one will occur. It can run some actions like fast searching for the selected word in the dictionary. And then again it is impossible to get rid of the feeling that the finger is pushing the plate of the touchpad deeper into the case. All this may seem like delirium and self-hypnosis, but only until you feel magic with your own fingers. Several employees of the editorial office tried and were deceived by the Force Touch touchpad, skillfully imitating a mechanical key.

The resistance of the touch panel is adjustable in OS X settings. The author of this article found the most convenient medium rigidity, which simultaneously excludes accidental pressing and does not require excessive pressure on the plate.

The arsenal of old gestures, not related to the new function, remained inviolable. The only change: the option of dragging objects with three fingers was taken from the main section of the touchpad settings to the Accesibility section ( " Universal access " ). If you do not know about this, you might think that such a useful function has disappeared altogether. Clicking with pressure and hold, of course, became more convenient due to the fact that any point of the touchpad is "pushed", but still requires a greater concentration and physical stress of the brush even with a low rigidity setting.

# The internal device

Inside, the new MacBook Pro looks pretty much the same as the old one. Of all the components that a user may want to improve, only the SSD is available for self-replacement. All the rest is soldered to the motherboard.

Colleagues with iFixit, dismantling the laptop to a cog, penetrated into the secrets of the Touch Touch. The block of electromagnets is attracted to the opposite metal plate, which causes a click and recoil. But it is possible that individual coils of the electromagnet are actually activated in a complicated manner.

The panel pressure is registered by four electronic sensors in its corners, and the pressure point is determined by the touchpad surface itself.

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