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Apple has stopped working on watches, televisions and all the weird stuff it has patented for just long enough to refresh its MacBook Pro range.

Reg readers may remember the MacBook as an example of Apple's “personal computer” range, a product category it pioneered in the late 1970s.

The phone and fondleslab company is still plugging away in that market and has tweaked the machines for the romantics and nostalgia freaks who still buy “portable personal computers” instead of touch-enabled modern kit.

New CPUs are the main extra, but for the record the new 13-inch model boasts a 2560x1600 retina display and solid state disks with 128GB or 256GB of capacity. Dual core i5 and i7 CPUs are on offer, at 2.5 and 2.6 GHz respectively . Apple's “hurry up and buy one now” page doesn't offer the chance to add to the 8GB of memory the machine possesses when it leaves Apple's artisanal manufacturing workshop, but it is possible to configure the machines with up to 768GB of solid state disk.

The 15-incher boasts 2880*1800 resolution, quad-core i7s at up to 2.7GHz across the range, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. Again, upgrades to 768GB of disk are on offer.

All new models are said to have batteries capable of driving the machines for seven hours without needing to connect to an external power source.

Apple has also dropped the price of the MacBook Air's 256GB variant.

Prices for the new models are as follows

Model/Nation Australia UK USA
MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.5GHz $AUD1649 £1249.00 $1,499.00
MacBook Pro 13-inch 2.6GHz $AUD1849 £1449.00 $1,699.00
MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4GHz $AUD2499 £1799.00 $2,199.00
MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.7GHz $AUD3199 £2299.00 $2,799.00
13-inch Air with 256GB SSD $AUD1549 £1199.00 $1,399.00

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