Apple Refreshes The MacBook Pro Line

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Today Apple unveiled the much-anticipated update to the MacBook Pro family of laptops which includes the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, new Nvidia graphics, and even high-capacity SSD options.

The latest refresh is pretty straight forward. The 13-inch MacBook Pro gets the latest Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics while the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros receive the Nvidia 330M discrete graphics with Intel HD switchable graphics. All models come with 4GB RAM standard, and it looks like Apple is boosting their previous claims of “7+ hour battery life” up to “10 hours battery life” on 13-inch units and “8- to 9-hour battery life” on the 15-inch and 17-inch units.

The updated 13-inch models still use the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, while the 15-inch models have new Core i5 and 17-inch models have the Core i7 processors. Apple claims the new Core i5 and Core i7 processors “boost performance up to 50%” over previous MacBook Pros equipped with the Core 2 Duo processors. In terms of storage, Apple offers a range of standard hard drives from 250GB up to 500GB. If you’ve got a tax refund burning a hole in your pocket then you can even upgrade to a 512GB solid state drive for a whopping $1,300.00 extra!

All of the new MacBook Pros feature the same aluminum unibody enclosure that Apple unveiled last year with the update to the MacBook Pro line. A single solid piece of aluminum makes the MacBook Pro chassis one of the thinnest, lightest, and most durable in its class.

Here is a quick look at what you get for the starting price of each of the new MacBook Pros:

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (Base Configuration)

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4GB Memory
  • 250GB hard drive
  • SD card slot
  • Built-in battery (10 hours)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • $1,199.00


Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (Base Configuration)

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i5
  • 4GB Memory
  • 320GB hard drive
  • SD card slot
  • Built-in 8- to 9-hour battery
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB
  • Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • $1,799.00


Apple MacBook Pro 17-Inch (Base Configuration)

  • 2.53GHz Intel Core i5
  • 4GB Memory
  • 500GB hard drive
  • ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Built-in 8- to 9-hour battery
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • $2,299.00

Additional details on all of the new MacBook Pro configurations are available at the Apple Store website.



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