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Apple Quietly Adds MacBook Pro Processor Options

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Yesterday, Engadget observed that Apple (s aapl) didn’t just release a new MacBook Air but also added a nice built to order option for their 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. Now, for an additional $400, you can upgrade to a 2.8GHz Core i7 (s intc) processor.

Previously, there was an option for a Core i7 processor running at 2.66GHz over the standard Core i5, clocked at 2.53 GHz, for an additional $200. That options remains, but for true power users, this may be a nice way to eliminate the need for that Core i7 iMac and simply add a 27-inch Apple Cinema Display to your home office if you’re often working from the road. My preferred configuration is to get a new MacBook Air and go with the Core i7 iMac, but the new Air may not meet your processing needs.

The $400 price is pretty steep for the upgrade, but that’s just a reminder that despite lower prices among its other offerings, Apple still caters very much to the high end of computing market.

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4 Responses to “Apple Quietly Adds MacBook Pro Processor Options”

  1. It’s not exactly a $400 price difference. The MacBook Pro i7 2.8GHz processor is $200 more than the 2.66GHz i7. That’s where I’m a little confused. Why would I pay $200 for .14GHz? I’d rather put the money towards the RAM or an SSD

  2. But isn’t the i7 in the iMac a much different chip than that in the MacBook Pro line? I have the i7 iMac 2.8 ghz, which is a quad-core chip, and I believe that the MBP chips are still only dual core, even if they are i5’s and i7’s. Apple explicitly calls out that the iMac i7 is quad core, and says this about the MBPs: “Based on Intel’s latest 32-nanometer process technology, these are the fastest dual-core processors available”.

    So if you really need horsepower, the iMac is still a better bet.

    My 2 cents.

    • Adam Jackson

      Agreed. As a Core i7 iMac owner (the fastest BTO option), I have to say that there’s absolutely nothing I can’t throw at it but the iMac is overkill for most users. It’s like the PowerMac, only a very small percentage of users will ever leverage the PowerMac’s power.