It’s been nearly a year since Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro line. That’s a longer-than-usual gap between updates, but the new MacBook Pros sport several changes under the hood, including new processors, new graphics processors, and a new peripheral connector. It all translates into performance jumps worth the wait.
Macworld Lab has all five standard configurations of the new 2011 MacBook Pro, and the benchmark results are in -- and they’re impressive, with Speedmark scores between 13 and 53 percent faster than the systems they replace. Lab Director James Galbraith has the details.
Macworld Lab performed torture tests on the flash storage in the MacBook Air, as well as on the SSD option for the iMac. Are these flash-based storage device susceptible to performance degradation over time?
The Mac has come a long way as a gaming system, so it's a good time to explore the graphics performance differences between Mac and Windows, with so many games now common across both platforms.
Macworld Lab takes a look at two build-to-order MacBook Airs: the 11-inch 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air, and the 13-inch 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Air.
The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not for everyone. It is expensive and unimpressive when performing everyday computing tasks. However, for anyone who makes a living working on high-end applications that can use and abuse the 24 virtual cores, the amount of time saved on processor-intensive tasks results in the 12-core Mac Pro being a bargain.
Want more bang for your buck? Apple offers upgrades for each system that can increase performance -- and the price -- of a Mac. Using our new Speedmark 6.5 performance test suite, Macworld Lab looks at a number of different build-to-options and finds four customized models that are among the fastest Macs we've tested.
Macworld Lab uses Speedmark 6.5 to test and compare each new Mac's ability to perform using popular applications.
Speedmark test results for Apple's Macintosh computers.
These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost its relevance in today’s work environment? Hardly.