Apple updates MacBook Pro lineup

Tue, Apr 13, 2010


Apple on Tuesday revamped its lineup of MacBook Pro’s with speedy Intel Core i5 and i7 processors (on the 15 and 17 inch models), high-res displays, intertial scrolling, backlit keyboards and improved battery life across the board.

And as for specs, here’s what we got.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro now starts at $1199 and comes with a 2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce 320M.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1799 and comes with a 2.4 GHZ Core i5, an Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB of dedicated video memory, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB Hard drive. As an aside, Apple notes that the NVIDIA card is up to 30% more efficient than its predecessor.

The top of the line 15-inch MacBook model, meanwhile, comes with a 2.66 GHZ Core i7, a 500 GB hard drive and 512 MB of dedicated video memory. That one will set you back a cool $2199. The 17-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 2.53 GHz Core i5, a 500GB hard drive along with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB of dedicated video memory. If you want the i7 on the 17-inch MacBook pro, be prepared to tack on $200 to its already steep asking price of $2199.

In terms of battery life, the 13-inch model can last for up to 10 hours while the 15 and 17-inch models can run for 8 to 9 hours on a single charge.

Apple highlights some of the features of i5 and i7:

Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors also feature Turbo Boost. If you’re using processor-intensive applications like Aperture 3 or Final Cut Pro that would benefit from an extra performance kick, Turbo Boost dynamically increases the speed of one or both cores, taking a 2.66GHz MacBook Pro all the way up to 3.33GHz.

And as for graphics:

The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models come standard with automatic graphics switching. It’s a breakthrough technology from Apple that switches graphics processors on the fly to give you performance when you need it (when you’re playing the latest 3D game, for example) and better battery efficiency when you don’t (such as when you’re reading email). MacBook Pro transfers the workload between the powerful discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics so seamlessly, you won’t even notice. Whether you’re using applications like Aperture, Motion, or Final Cut Pro or just surfing the web, your MacBook Pro always knows which processor to use. You don’t have to log out, shut down, or change your preferences. Automatic graphics switching does it all for you.




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