Apple has refreshed specifications and prices of its MacBook Pro lineup: “The fastest, most powerful MacBook Pro ever. Times three.”
As previously rumoured, and reported via leaked specs, Apple has finally breathed some new life into the ageing Pro portable line. The new machines boast Intel Core i5 and i7 chips in the 15in and 17in models, with eight to nine hours of battery life. The 13in models still have Core 2 Duo processors, but now have 10 hours of battery life.
There are six models to choose from:
$1,499: 13in 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, SD slot, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
$1,899: 13in 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, SD slot, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
$2,199: 15in 2.4GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, SD slot, Intel HD graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 330M (256MB)
$2,499: 15in 2.53GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, SD slot, Intel HD graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 330M (256MB)
$2,798: 15in 2.66GHz Core i7, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, SD slot, Intel HD graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 330M (512MB)
$2,899: 17in 2.53GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, ExpressCard/34 slot, Intel HD graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 330M (512MB)
These look like nice bumps from the previous specs, with all prices coming down a little (thanks to our strong Aussie dollar – they went up for some models in the US). Previous base MacBook Pro was $1,599 for 13in, 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD, SD slot, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. Meanwhile, the top end 17in model has come down from $3,299 but is roughly equivalent to the mid-level 15in model rather than the top one (adding a Core i7 chip brings it up to $3,189).
The i5 and i7 models also feature ‘Turbo Boost’, meaning that the speed of one or both cores can be dynamically increased when using processor-intensive applications – taking a 2.66GHz MacBook Pro up to 3.33GHz.
Apple describes the 330M graphics processor in the higher-end machines as the fastest ever in a Mac notebook whilst being up to 30 percent more efficient than its predecessor. These models also feature automatic graphics switching between the integrated Intel HD graphics and the NVIDIA chip depending on how graphics-intensive your current applications are.
Aside from changes to the MacBook Pros, all other products appear unchanged. And there is still no word on a local iPad release.
Click on the screenshot above or see the Apple website for more information.