Apple Introduces New MacBook Pros

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As rumored, Apple (s aapl) 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 (s intc) 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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31 Comments

John @ Electronic Cigarettes Inc.

Someone actually just told me to get a macbook pro. We are looking to get set up for video editing in house. Need a high quality camera with the right mac set up. We want the ability to record video and good sound. Any suggestions?

kyle

I’m more interested on the thunderbolt I/O. Is it already integrated to this new line of macbook pros? Most of the specs here are just wasted cause all you have to do in a macbook are casual stuff like browsing the net or something. You can’t do decent gaming on these…. I think I’m more interested on the upgrades they have on the new air…. And yes you can do developer work in an apple machine, if you want the look and feel plus stylish linux environment.

DigDug2k

Still can’t believe they’re putting low resolution displays on these things.

David994A

What’s the deal with calling the new camera a “Facetime Camera” instead of “iSight” – are they doing away with iChat and now making it all Facetime? Why didn’t apple allow for iChat to Facetime in the first place?

Brett

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.

A Noni Mouse

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.

S. Mulji

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

chatroulette

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???

giovanni1975

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!

chatroulette

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).

franko

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

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