All focus on Apple may be aimed at the iPad and the new iAd service but Cupertino is still conducting business as usual. A refreshed line of MacBooks has been announced to keep Apple’s core business chugging along. The new MacBooks get faster processors and longer battery life to keep things interesting.
The baby MacBook Pro — the 13.3-inch model — gains faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor options and a 10-hour battery life from the 63.5 WHr battery. The little MacBook Pro is available in two configurations, a 2.4 GHz model for $1,199 and a 2.66 GHz model for $1,499. Memory and hard drive options are available for extra cost.
Larger models are now available with Core i5 and Core i7 processor options. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is now available in three models ranging from $1,799 – $2,199. The 17-inch model comes with a Core i5 processor clocking in at 2.53 GHz for $2,299, but is available with a Core i7 option (2.66 GHz).
Apple has added a usability feature to the new line, consisting of inertial scrolling on the glass trackpad. There are three solid-state disk (SSD) options available at time of order. It is not clear if the quoted 10-hour battery life on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is with an SSD inside.
Images courtesy of Apple
Related GigaOM Pro Content (sub req’d)