Apple gave the official "you all know it’s coming, but now we can talk about it" announcement this morning: the Apple MacBook Pro is getting refreshed with Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor. Shipping starts next week directly through the Apple
cart store. Expect to drop from $1,999 to $2,799 depending on CPU (2.16 or 2.33 GHz) and size; 15- or 17-inch. The 17-inch MacBook Pro will only be available with the faster 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
Prices might seem high for newcomers to the Apple orchard, but these notebooks are packed with a bushel of high-end specs, which vary of course by model:
- 1 or 2 GB of 667 MHz RAM standard; upgradeable to 3 GB
- 120 or 160 GB 5200 RPM drives
- PCI-E ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 or 256 MB of GDDR3 memory
- Integrated iSight camera
- DVI-out for true digital video output (even to a high-def display)
- SXGA+ or WSXGA+ resolution, which is 1400 x 1050 (my personal fave) or 1680 x 1050 resolution to you and me
- Two Firewire ports; one at 400 and 800
Full specs and pricing deets are in the Apple press release; I see that Apple indicates these MacBook Pros are "up to 39 percent faster than the previous 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro" which should make for a killer Mac OS X / XP / Vista machine.