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  • Apple Releases New MacBook Pros with "3 Very Big Leaps Forward"


    Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro model range today, featuring updated "Sandy Bridge" Intel Core processors, AMD Radeon graphics, and Thunderbolt I/O, as well as optional solid state drives. The new model was fairly extensively leaked prior to its release, and specifications are mostly in line with predictions.

    The new high-end notebooks can be ordered with next-generation quad-core and dual-core Core i5 and Core i7 processors from Intel, with clockspeeds from 2 to 2.7 GHz supporting Turbo Boost up to 3.4 GHz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor or the fastest dual-core processor available - the 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 - using onboard integrated Intel HD graphics on its Core i5 chip. The 15-inch and 17-inch models also received speed bumps and automatically switch over to new AMD discrete graphics coprocessors for graphics-intensive operations.

    As was widely expected, all models in the range have Apple's new Thunderbolt technology, which is based on Intel's "Copper Peak" implementation of Light Peak without optical fiber. The high-speed I/O interface supports PCI Express transfer rates of up to 10 Gb/s on two data channels and HD graphics to compatible monitors. Thunderbolt is also backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort.

    Following the introduction of SSDs into the Mac lineup with last year's refreshed MacBook Air, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drives are available as a build-to-order option. The notebooks come standard with 500GB or 750GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive or with optional 750GB 5400-rpm or 500GB 7200-rpm hard drives. The new model also comes with a high definition iSight camera offering 720p HD resolution for use with FaceTime (now available on the Mac App Store), a larger glass trackpad, and support for the SDXC secure digital flash card standard.

    The 13-inch MacBook Pro has two default configurations: a 2.3 GHz Core i5 model with mechanical 320GB hard drive for $1,199 and a 2.7 GHz Core i5 with 500GB for $1,499. The 15-inch is available with a quad-core 2.0 GHz Core i7, plus AMD Radeon HD 6490M and a 500GB hard drive for $1,799 and a quad 2.2 GHz i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB for $2,199. The default config on the 17-inch model is a quad-core 2.2 GHz i7, with AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics and a 750GB hard drive for $2,499. Build-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, and more memory up to 8GB DDR3. The Apple Store is down as of this writing, and it's not clear but early reports have indicated Apple is waiting for Intel to make its own Light Peak announcement at 10am PST.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Releases New MacBook Pros with "3 Very Big Leaps Forward" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 87 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Simply awesome!
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      Well, it's on their website now. The rumors tend to lead to disappointments when the real deal comes out. Rumors had the new models being about half a pound lighter. Looking at the new 13 inch it's not lighter. Also, some rumors of course claimed the SSD, and up to 12 hour battery life. The battery life of the new 13 is only 7 hours. IT HAS LESS BATTERY LIFE!!!!! More power though. I'm new to Macs, and just use mine for travel and 95% internet, so I'll stick to the new 13" Macbook Air I bought. I was thinking about selling my new Air model and buy a 13" Macbook Pro, but, I'll see what comes around next time. I'm also surprised they didn't make the Macbook Pro match the Macbook Air's resolution of 1440x900.
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Im more interested in Thunderbolt aka LightPeak.

      Readin' Intel's page, this will be provided to all and every developers of hardware. Frack me this is the new cabling format. I would certainly love to see single interconnect cable for all devices with such speed capabilities, that way i can downstream interconnect EVERY device in my household and still there will be "plenty of leftover performance".
      Hope it is not bugged or whatever, so it catches up fast and completely annihilates other formats. Aww, excited already.

      Hey bureaucrats of EU, time to change "mirco USB" for thunderbolt for all mobile devices :-D

      P.S. Ppl who complain about less battery life - read about how the measurements are done now. It is different and more close to real usage. So i do believe, that it has actually more "worthwhile" battery life, than previous models.
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      I'm actually thinking about upgrading and selling my 2010 13" 2.66 to the new 13" 2.3. I guess I'll have to wait and see the benchmark comparisons.
    1. thuwun's Avatar
      thuwun -
      Apple Store is up... Let's Go... I'm so excited!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      NO standard SSD is lame. That's the only thing that would truly make a difference in day to day activities. I bet my 11" Air will open up apps faster than a top of the line 17" MBP.
    1. mmurphmsu's Avatar
      mmurphmsu -
      Here is the link to the store: MacBook Pro - Buy MacBook Pro notebook computers - Apple Store (U.S.)
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by frail1 View Post
      whew, I actually was a little worried that I was going to regret buying my MBP a few weeks ago. After seeing this I feel pretty good about getting my new 17" MBP for $2,000.00 instead of $2,500.00.
      I agree, I'm glad I got mine at the price I did. I think I'll stick with it for awhile longer, even though the new one's are pretty sweet.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      NO standard SSD is lame. That's the only thing that would truly make a difference in day to day activities. I bet my 11" Air will open up apps faster than a top of the line 17" MBP.
      Had they done the standard SSD I'd be buying a new one right now, but now I'm going to hold onto mine.
    1. jvoni's Avatar
      jvoni -
      Facetime is available on the AppStore however if Apple wants it to be widely adopted, they shouldn't be grabbing for the 99cents. I'll just stick with the Beta, it seems to work just fine for the very little I use it.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Hmmm guess ill use my tax return on a MBP! I can see my gf face with such disappointment, I already promised I would use most of my tax return on an engagement ring.
    1. iliveudie's Avatar
      iliveudie -
      Anyone have one yet? Lol
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      still the same ugly 1280x800 resolution
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Hmmm guess ill use my tax return on a MBP! I can see my gf face with such disappointment, I already promised I would use most of my tax return on an engagement ring.
      Haha, nice! I'll think she'll understand
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Waleed786 View Post
      still the same ugly 1280x800 resolution
      Thats just nit-picking now. I bet you wouldn't be able to distinguish between 1280x800 and a higher resolution on the same sized display
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Just ordered a 13" i7 256 ssd, mmmmmmm can't wait!
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Thats just nit-picking now. I bet you wouldn't be able to distinguish between 1280x800 and a higher resolution on the same sized display
      I would! I use 1600x900 on a 17" Acer. Those pixels make a MAJOR difference!

      Also... Isn't it ATI Radeon?


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Haha, nice! I'll think she'll understand
      we've been together four years, she can make it another...i think.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      we've been together four years, she can make it another...i think.
      Four years, you're golden! Order one of those bad boys!
    1. shanafan's Avatar
      shanafan -
      "and support for the SDXC secure digital flash card standard"

      I've always wondered, what does this mean? I can tell from these images that the new MacBook Pro, like mine from last year, has the same empty slot on the front left. Where can I get the support for SDXC, because there is not a SD slot built into the MacBook Pro, it's more like there is a port to add a slot.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      I would! I use 1600x900 on a 17" Acer. Those pixels make a MAJOR difference!

      Also... Isn't it ATI Radeon?


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      The 17" MBP has a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

      AMD makes ATI Radeon. Just like Nvidia is synonymous to GeForce.