The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
One More Thing: Intel MacBook Pro Debuts

TMO at Macworld - One More Thing: Intel MacBook Pro Debuts

by , 2:00 PM EST, January 10th, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- Prefacing the announcement with his trademark statement "Oh, there's one more thing," Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed at the end of his Tuesday Macworld keynote that the PowerBook line is the second Mac to receive Intel Core Duo processors. However, along with the new processor comes a new name: MacBook Pro.

Mr. Jobs said that the MacBook Pro is the fastest laptop ever produced, running four to five times faster than the previous PowerBook G4. It's slimmer than the current 17-inch G4 PowerBook, weighing 5.6 pounds, and it features a 15.4-inch LCD screen that's as bright as an Apple Cinema Display, making it 67% brighter than the one found on the previous model. Like the iMac, it has a built-in iSight camera and an infrared remote port, with Front Row and iLife '06 already loaded on it too, along with Mac OS X v10.4.4.

It has a new ExpressCard slot as well as MagSafe, a new type of power connector that's attached to the computer magnetically, so if someone trips on the cord, it just falls off the computer. Like its predecessor, the MacBook Pro features a scrolling trackpad, an illuminated keyboard and a sudden motion sensor that locks the hard drive if it detects that the computer has been dropped.

The base MacBook Pro, selling for US$1,999, offers a 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM expandable to 2GB, an 80GB 5400 RPM hard drive, a SuperDrive, a PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 video card with 128MB Video RAM, a DVI-out port for an external display, built-in Dual Link support for connecting a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display, two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port and audio line in and audio line out ports.

The high-end MacBook Pro sells for $2,499 and comes with a 1.83GHz processor, along with 1GB of RAM, a 100GB hard drive and 256MB of Video RAM.

Apple will ship the new MacBook next month but is taking orders for it now.

Recent Headlines - Updated February 1st

Sat,5:13 PM
Higher Res Video of China Apple Store Artists with English Subtitles
10:30 AM
iPhoneography 101: 2 iPhone Remotes You Gotta Have
Fri,5:40 PM
The Unofficial Apple Weblog Will Shut Down February 3rd
5:18 PM
Peri Duo Case for iPhone Marries Speaker, Battery, and Wi-Fi Audio
4:50 PM
Repatriation Tax Bill Holds Promise, but Faces Uphill Battle
4:32 PM
Microsoft Brings Outlook to iPhone and iPad
2:51 PM
Enter to Win a Pair of Wireless Beats Studio Headphones
1:09 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-30: Samsung’s Smartphone Numbers, Congress Wants More Corporate Cash
11:09 AM
FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus for iPad goes Gold
9:48 AM
How to Enable the iTunes Notification Center Widget in OS X Yosemite
9:05 AM
iTunes gets OS X Yosemite Notification Widget
Thu,6:59 PM
Apple Tied Samsung for Global Smartphone Units in Q4
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!