13" MacBook Pro
13" MacBook Pros still soldier on with Core 2 Duos

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup has become rather stale. While PC notebook counterparts have been sporting new Core i5 and Core i7 processors for quite some time now, MacBook Pros have been soldiering along with stale (relatively speaking) Core 2 Duo processors.

Apple is now getting with the times and has announced a revamped MacBook Pro lineup complete with new Core i5 and Core i7 processors from Intel; that is if you opt for the 15" and 17" models.

“The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”

13" MacBook Pros will continue to soldier on with Core 2 Duo processors, albeit this time at at speeds of 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz. The 13" MacBook Pros also get a boost from the old and tired NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics to GeForce 320M graphics. Both models come with 4GB of memory standard and a non-replaceable battery good for up to 10 hours of runtime (up from 7). The 2.4GHz model comes with a 250GB hard drive and will set you back $1,199 -- stepping up to the 2.66GHz model with a 320GB hard drive will cost you $1,499.

The new 15" MacBook Pro is now available with 2.4GHz ($1,799) and 2.53GHz ($1,999) Core i5 processors -- a 2.66GHz Core i7 model is also available ($2,199). The base model brings with it a 320GB hard drive while the middle child gets a 500GB hard drive. Both models come equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (256MB) graphics card. The Core i7 model comes with a 500GB hard drive and a 512MB version of the GeForce GT 330M. All three models have Intel HD integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM and an internal battery rated at 8 to 9 hours.

Finally, we come to the 17" MacBook Pro. This $2,299 model comes with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.53GHz. It features 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, Intel HD integrated graphics, a 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics card and battery life of 8 to 9 hours.

Updated 4/13/2010 @ 12:40pm

While the 15" and 17" MacBook Pros do incorporate automatic graphics switching, an NVIDIA representative told Apple Insider that is is NOT NVIDIA Optimus technology.


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