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As rumored, Apple today unveiled updates to its MacBook Pro line of computers. Early leaks revealed the specs of all the new models at least a day ahead of launch, and those leaks proved quite accurate. Here are the details of Apple’s new Pro notebooks.

New MacBook Pros

As rumored, Apple today unveiled updates to its MacBook Pro line of computers. Early leaks revealed the specs of all the new models at least a day ahead of launch, and those leaks proved quite accurate. Here are the details of Apple’s new lineup of Pro notebooks.

Perhaps the highlight of the new MacBook Pro line (especially for professional users) is the introduction of the new Thunderbolt I/O standard. In the press release announcing the new machines, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller had this to say about the new tech:

Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.

Unlike what some early rumors predicted, the new MacBook Pros sport the same basic design as their predecessors, meaning aluminum and glass enclosures with a black bezel around the screen. All the new MacBooks also sport an Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated GPU, although the 15- and 17-inch models also offer discrete graphics, too. And all the revised Pro models also boast a new FaceTime HD Camera, which replaces the built-in iSight camera and offers full 720p quality video for FaceTime calls between the new Macs. SSD upgrades are also available for all options, in sizes ranging from 128 GB to 512 GB. Here are the specs for each individual model:

13-inch MacBook Pro

Configuration #1 ($1199)

  • 2.3GHz Dual-Core i5 Intel Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 320GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Glossy 1280×800 resolution display
  • SuperDrive 8x
  • Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC Card slot, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet and Digital Audio/Mini Stereo Jack

Configuration #2 ($1499)

  • 2.7GHz Dual-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Glossy 1280×800 resolution display
  • SuperDrive 8x
  • Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC Card slot, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet and Digital Audio/Mini Stereo Jack

15-inch MacBook Pro

Configuration #1 ($1799)

  • 2.0GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB of GDDR5 RAM
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Glossy or antiglare 1440×900 resolution display
  • SuperDrive 8x
  • Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC Card slot, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet and Digital Audio/Mini Stereo in/out

Configuration #2 ($2199)

  • 2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of GDDR5 RAM
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 750GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Glossy or antiglare 1440×900 resolution display
  • SuperDrive 8x
  • Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC Card slot, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet and Digital Audio/Mini Stereo in/out

17-inch MacBook Pro

Configuration #1 ($2499)

  • 2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of GDDR5 RAM
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 750GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Glossy or antiglare 1900×1200 resolution display
  • SuperDrive 8x
  • Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
  • SDXC Card slot, 1x FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Ethernet and Digital Audio/Mini Stereo in/out

All the above configurations can be customized with up to 8 GB of RAM, and all include a built-in battery rated for 7-hours of wireless web use according to Apple’s battery testing standards, which it revised to be more representative of real-world use when it introduced the MacBook Air.

So, who’s buying one of these?

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  1. The second configuration has a 2.7 Dual-Core i7 Intel Processor not an i5.

    1. Darrell Etherington franko Thursday, February 24, 2011

      Thanks for the spot. Same to you @duxy. Typo should be fixed now.

  2. Whoops! The higher-end 13″ MBP actually has an i7 chip…not an i5 ^

  3. What is the point of HD camera for Facetime? Just to look at someone’s face?? The quality of the picture depends more than anything on the internet connection. Oh well, that’s the gimmick I suppose!

    1. The HD Camera does not give much in most cases but it may be a better solution for Skype HD users. Some people also broadcast from their home/computer and it makes sense. Quality can be overridden with a setting in the software. I will test it soon if it makes any difference with Flash video streaming (not expecting a significant difference but who knows).

  4. We were expecting something more… but we’ll get one, only because FaceTime HD Camera? I don’t see a real difference that would explain why people should by the new MacBook Pro. What about the i5 core, does it include push to TV???

  5. Does the i5 core bring push to TV?

  6. Doh! I just bought mine two months ago =(

  7. Look at those prices. What a complete RIP! OFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!

    1. If you’re referring to the 13″ models, yes I agree with you. But the 15″ & 17″ are not bad considering they sport a quad-core processor and a real nice GPU

  8. The 17″ has 3 USB 2.0 ports and a ExpressCard/34 slot, but not a SDXC card slot. I am certainly interested in getting a 13″ this year.

  9. Very pleased with the Corei5 upgrade of the 13 incher. But it is kind of annoying that there is no USB 3.0 ports. I get it that they want thunderbolt to be the new standard. But where can I buy an external harddrive right now with a thunderbolt connector? If thunderbolt is going to be the new standard then it is going to have to transition from USB 3.0. Thus I would like both just in case.

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