OWC Tears Down, Tests New 2015 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Yesterday we unboxed, tore down and tested the new 2015 MacBook Airs that were announced at Apple’s Spring Forward event.

Today we have given the same treatment to the new 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display. The 13” rMBP was updated with the Force Touch trackpad, a new processor, an improved battery life, faster memory and a faster SSD. Note: The 15” rMBP model is unchanged from the previous generation.

UPDATE: OWC Now Offers SSD Upgrades for 2013-Current MacBook Air & MacBook Pro with Retina display models

Some key points of interest
  • The faster memory runs at 1866MHz and now has what is likely a radio frequency shield.
  • The Force Touch trackpad has a controller now on the underside.
  • Great speeds on reads, however writes were a bit slower than our 256GB equipped MacBook Air.
OWC Mike H. and OWC Ron’s early Force Touch trackpad impressions 
“The Force Touch trackpad is simply cool. The trackpad no longer moves and the new tech actually makes it feel like it does. Power it down and the trackpad doesn’t click at all. Really amazing tech and superfast. You would swear it’s clicking downward when it’s not. It’s a really great inventive tech item that definitely wows more in person. Nicely done.”

Check out our gallery below to see our testing results, unboxing and teardown:

13” 2015 MacBook Pro12,1 with Retina display:


Check out our unboxing/teardown/testing of the 2015 MacBook Airs here: blog.macsales.com/28910-owc-unboxes-tests-speeds-of-ssds-in-new-2015-macbook-airs

And as always, if you need an external drive for Time Machine or to expand your MacBook Pro with Retina display’s storage, OWC has a great selection of portable and desktop drives. And be sure to check out our Thunderbolt Central page for high performance Thunderbolt solutions.