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
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"
“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.