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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. R0nst0pable's Avatar
      R0nst0pable -
      When will apple wake up and offer a laptop under $1,000!!! If they come out with a smaller iPad/iPhone I'm going to be very upset.
    1. brian5s's Avatar
      brian5s -
      Tried to get into the Apple store this morning around 9:15 set and the Apple store was temporarily closed. Must be the new MacBook refresh website update?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by R0nst0pable View Post
      When will apple wake up and offer a laptop under $1,000!!! If they come out with a smaller iPad/iPhone I'm going to be very upset.
      Macbook Air and Plastic Macbook are both $999

      Extremely disappointed in the graphics cards...Apple knows they're no good cos they used a 3 year old game and a 6 year old game as the "benchmark"
    1. I'm fae fife's Avatar
      I'm fae fife -
      Mmmn interesting!

      (&bull
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      OH and Apple have released a Developer Build of Lion too

      Charging for the final build of FaceTime for Mac OS X....nice one Appl€
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      less batter life. Must be the quad-core processors.

      EDIT: Looks like they are using real-world testing now. Thank God someone is.
    1. Aleckloss's Avatar
      Aleckloss -
      Selling mine now! I need the extra processing for sure!
    1. chberain's Avatar
      chberain -
      what about the regular MacBook, it's due for a refresh already! I want a white one that is not outdated.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      These specs are nice, not to sure about the battery life though. But if you really think about it it's definitely worth sacrificing like what 1-2 hrs of battery life for BETTER PERFORMANCE.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Read my post. They are testing them more rigorously.

      Quote Originally Posted by chberain View Post
      what about the regular MacBook, it's due for a refresh already! I want a white one that is not outdated.
      The white one will be updated in a couple months. That's how it always goes.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      No SSD for the OS means no upgrade for me. I have the 2.26 MBP running 500GB HD and 8GB RAM. I don't see these as a big improvement at all. i5 would be nice but its not worth the hassle. Disappointing
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Is it just me or did that 13-inch macbook pro just become super tasty.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      No SSD for the OS means no upgrade for me. I have the 2.26 MBP running 500GB HD and 8GB RAM. I don't see these as a big improvement at all. i5 would be nice but its not worth the hassle. Disappointing
      Yeah same here. No option to replace the SuperDrive with an SSD either is crap. I'll look to the next refresh for upgrading I think, once Lion is well and truly out too
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Daniel Ash View Post
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      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.
      Seriously? It has been an option for 2+ years now. WTF
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      15 i7 please
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      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.
    1. lsills81's Avatar
      lsills81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by R0nst0pable View Post
      When will apple wake up and offer a laptop under $1,000!!! If they come out with a smaller iPad/iPhone I'm going to be very upset.
      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.
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      These upgrades are quite lame. The 13" still looks awful. Why the heck can't they have 2 audio connectors like everyone else? (so you can have input and output at the same time) This is ridiculous, doesn't save much space (~ 5 mm) and connectors are cheap. No SSD for the OS (would really have been a great advancement).
    1. infm5's Avatar
      infm5 -
      I was thinking about getting a macbook pro for a while now. My question is this. Now that the 2011 models are out the price of the 2010's will drop, is it worth the extra money to get a new one or should I get a 2010 thats a few months old for cheaper.
    1. PeteyCrack's Avatar
      PeteyCrack -
      what do you guys think of the 13inch? the better one? i want one but idk bout that video card. everything else looks good