Upgraded with faster processor, graphics card and Thunderbolt.
After a series of speculations and rumors, Apple has finally decided to make its new MacBook Pro line up public. As usual, the laptop comes in three typical flavors – the 13″ $1199, 15″ for $1799 and 17″ for $2499.
As rumored, the new laptops feature Intel and Apple’s new Thunderbolt technology which allows streams of uncompressed data at “ultrafast” speeds. Apple advertises Thunderbolt as being more than 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0.
On the general hardware side, the 13″ Macbook Pro features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor or a dual core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7. The 15-and-17″ models features a 2.3GHz quad core Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4GHz and up to 8MB of shared L3 cache.
All models of the MacBook Pro is fitted with Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, with 15″ model featuring an AMD Radeon 6490 256MB or AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB. The 17″ model features an AMD Radeon HD 6750 1GB.
The laptops will be packaged with FaceTime HD camera, which allows 720p calls to other MacBook Pro users and iPhone 4 and iPod Touch users as well. Apple also promises better battery life, claiming that wireless web browsing can stretch up to 7 hours without a recharge.