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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 steve-z17 View Post
      I would love a SSD in my MBP, I just hate how bloody expensive they are for such a small amount of space.
      I might just put away some money every month between now and Lion comes out then do my SSD upgrade.
    1. lonelyseason's Avatar
      lonelyseason -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Because they did some serious upgrades to it. I'm not sure about beating the 330m, but it is at least the same as the 320m (last gen 13in).
      This is the only one thing that I'm interesting with the new MBP 13 inches, if u know more about the VGA please share with us

      So sad that Singapore still can not buy
      They say that the government haven't approved it
      Have to wait for one or two weeks
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      VGA works fine with a mini displayport adapter.
    1. fijea's Avatar
      fijea -
      Man that's awesome!
      Maybe it's time for my old MacBook to retire
    1. mobilexile's Avatar
      mobilexile -
      Quote Originally Posted by greeneyes5066 View Post
      Maybe I'm just not a power user. I can run dragon age, Call of Duty Black Ops, aperture, and a host of other applications without my Mac blinking. It's the 13" 2010 model. I love it and while more is better. The price still deters me from upgrading. I'm happy with my purchase.
      I'd do the same if I didn't need it for work ... the speed, that is.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      I got mine today.. I love it... The only problems were that my windows machine crashed with the blue screen of death while I'm trying back up my iTunes files...lol
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I picked up a 17" MBP today. So far I am more than impressed.