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A day to lock away the credit cards, Apple has just announced updates to the 13 and 15 inch range of Retina MacBook Pros.

We often get asked when is a good time to buy a new MacBook Pro. Well, today is the answer as Apple has just upgraded their line of retina models.

Not a huge update, but we always get excited when he Apple Store goes down for new things! There's also a price cut on the high end model.

The new models are:

13 inch Models

  • 13-inch: 2.6GHz 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics 
  • 13-inch: 2.6GHz 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM,  256GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics
  • 13-inch: 2.8GHz 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM 512GB flash storage, Intel Iris Graphics

15 Inch Models

  • 15-inch: 2.2GHz 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB flash storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 15-inch: 2.5GHz 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 16GB RAM 512GB flash storage, Intel Iris Pro Graphics & NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB GDDR5 memory

All will run FCPX well, but the top model has the NVIDIA GT 750M graphics card with 2GB of onboard GDDR5 memory. It is the only model that doesn't have an integrated CPU/GPU so we would expect it to perform better with FCPX and Motion. The model switches automatically between the integrated GPU and the NVIDIA to save power.

The top model is configurable to 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache. The internal flash storage can also be upped to 1TB.

So reasons to change if you already own a Retina MacBook Pro? Probably not as the updates are not huge leaps in performance. If you are thinking of upgrading from a previous non-retina model, then jump right in, you won't be disappointed. Good to see FCPX being offered as an installed option, as is Aperture, which we know Apple has stopped developing.

The new machines are ready for shipping immediately. If you visit a store, they probably won't have all the new models in stock, just carrying a base, mid and high end model. You might however be able to pick up a discounted previous generation model. Always worth checking out the refurb list too, we spotted a 15 inch 2013 Retina MacBook Pro with 32% off!



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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