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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. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanafan View Post
      "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.
      There are SD Card slots on 13" and 15" MacBook Pros. The 17" has an express card slot
    1. pentatonic145's Avatar
      pentatonic145 -
      Do the 500GB drives have the hybrid flash portion for OS? I can't tell. Specifically, the drive for the 13" models?
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      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
      AMD stopped using the ATi brand late last year.

      OMG! That's it! I have to upgrade my MBP!
    1. He'sBACK's Avatar
      He'sBACK -
      my only question is...
      Can i use my Mini DisplayPort as a thunderbolt connection?

      im guessing probably not..
      imo, nothin too special about this upgrade.
    1. iCR4C's Avatar
      iCR4C -
      Nice, I feel bad for the people who bought MBP's yesterday or this week lol
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iCR4C View Post
      Nice, I feel bad for the people who bought MBP's yesterday or this week lol
      why?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      You paid the same for less. doh!
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      could you use the SDXC card for the OS?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      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
      Yeah I said at the same display size. Last time I checked 15" is not the same at 17"
      And you can upgrade to 1680x1050 on 15" too so that beats your Acer. Now who's got the "ugly" resolution

      And Apple still continues to price their products in a world where $1 is equal to €1

      That's why I have always bought my Apple Products from the U.S. and saved myself hundreds.
      Eg. If I want the entry level 15" I would save €500 buy buying from the U.S, and €700 with the 17"
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Four years, you're golden! Order one of those bad boys!
      Haha I already told her. And she said "that's fine" but the way she said it, I know its not fine and she is plotting. Oh well! gotta wait till March 8th so I might even bundle it with the 2nd Gen iPad.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Haha I already told her. And she said "that's fine" but the way she said it, I know its not fine and she is plotting. Oh well! gotta wait till March 8th so I might even bundle it with the 2nd Gen iPad.
      Fine is probably the worst response you can get from your significant other

      Maybe bundle a ring with a iPad for her too
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      You paid the same for less. doh!
      actually I just paid $2,000.00 for not much less for my 17" MBP. I think I still came out on top.
    1. gsmumbo's Avatar
      gsmumbo -
      For everyone complaining about it not having an SSD for the OS... get an MCE Optibay and do it yourself. lol. Fact is most laptops don't have a dedicated SSD for the OS. I don't see how this is a dealbreaker on this one. My 15" pro is currently running an SSD for OSX and a HDD for all my files.
    1. iCR4C's Avatar
      iCR4C -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      You paid the same for less. doh!
      Exactly my point, apple should let people know when they are going to release their next gen toy.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by glassJAw View Post
      Haha I already told her. And she said "that's fine" but the way she said it, I know its not fine and she is plotting. Oh well! gotta wait till March 8th so I might even bundle it with the 2nd Gen iPad.
      You got one of those huh! Good call on the wait lol.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lsills81 View Post
      Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm have you seen the MacBook Air oh say 11" or maybe even the 13"? I run Xcode and it's supporting programs along with CS4 for smaller projects. Pretty stupid for you to write that.
      Come on man you know what he's talking about, you don't have to call him stupid...
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      so basically more money for an "HD" camera and a unique port, if im correct


      i am disappoint.
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      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 definitely would. I have a Vaio Z with 1920x1080 on a 13.1" and you have to be blind not to notice the extra pixels. Even with a 1600x900 or a 1440x900, there's clearly a difference no matter the size of the display. I'm guessing you've never seen a 13" screen higher than 1280x800 which is why you came to that false assumption. Either that, or you just like Apple too much =P
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by iCR4C View Post
      Exactly my point, apple should let people know when they are going to release their next gen toy.
      That's terrible business. "We are releasing something in two months guys which will be better and cheaper than what we have now. So make sure and stop buying out products until then." What company does this? The answer is no company (or rather no successful company).
    1. Darrius777's Avatar
      Darrius777 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iCR4C View Post
      Exactly my point, apple should let people know when they are going to release their next gen toy.
      Why would they do that? They would lose a lot of money because people would just wait until the next product came out.