Benchmarks for an unannounced update of Apple’s MacBook Pro line have been sighted last week, suggesting that Apple’s professional notebook series will come with Intel Haswell processors, just like its recently refreshed thin-and-light series, the MacBook Air.
The Primate Labs website reported last week that a new Geekbench benchmark result for a mystery MacBook Pro (code number “AAPLJ44,1”) with OS X Mavericks had been spotted, with the machine’s display reportedly measuring 13 inches. The processor on the benchmark appears to be an Intel Core i5-4258U with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz, which is in line with figures for the new-generation Haswell chips of Intel.
This is the second Mac Pro/MacBook Pro benchmark to surface lately, and like the first one for the Mac Pro, this benchmark suggests that the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature a customized version of Mavericks.
In terms of Geekbench 2 scoring, the supposed 13-inch MacBook Pro registered a score of 7,140, which is higher than scores posted for MacBook Pro with Retina Display variants from earlier in the year. The Retina MacBook variants in question came with Intel Ivy Bridge processors with slightly faster clock speeds of 2.5 GHz and 2.6 GHz. Some Haswell processors, while being more powerful in general and capable of better battery utilization, are also notable for having slower clock speeds than their Ivy Bridge predecessors.
With that in mind, it would appear that the next MacBook Pro refresh could center mainly on increased battery life, just like the last MacBook Air refresh at WWDC 2013 did.