Apple Intros i5, i7 MacBook Pro Models

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Apple announced the immediate availability of new MacBook Pro models on Tuesday. The updated models sport Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors and automatic graphics card switching technology.

The new laptop lineup ships with 4 GB RAM, 8x slot-loading Super Drive, AirPort Extreme 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, built-in iSight camera and mic, an SD card slot, two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, Multi-Touch glass trackpad, combo in/out audio port with analog and digital support, backlit keyboard, LED backlit display, and a unibody shell with built-in battery.

Apple’s new Core i5 MacBook Pro

The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro ships with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1280x800 glossy display, NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics, 250 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, a 63.5 WHr lithium polymer battery, and a 60 Watt MagSafe power adapter. The 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo model ships with a 320 GB 5400 RPM hard drive.

The 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 15.4-inch MacBook Pro includes a 320 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, 1440x900 glossy display, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256 MB VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics, a 77.5 WHr lithium polymer battery, and an 85 Watt MagSafe power adapter. The 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 and 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 models ship with a 500 GB 5400 RPM hard drive.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro now ships with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 1920x1200 glossy display, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512 MB VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics, a 500 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, three USB 2.0 ports, an ExpressCard/34 slot instead of an SD card slot, and a 95 WHr lithium polymer battery.

Build-to order options for the new laptop lineup include 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB solid state drives. The 15.4-inch models are available with 500 GB 7200 RPM hard drives, anti-glare displays, and 1680x1050 displays. The 17-inch model is also available with an anti-glare display.

The 13.3-inch 2.4 GHz model is priced at US$1,199, the 2.66 GHz model costs $1,499, the 2.4 GHz 15.4-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,799 or $1,999 for the 2.53 GHz model, $2,199 for the 2.66 GHz 15.4-inch model, and $2,299 for the 17-inch model.

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Comments

Lee Dronick

I have been waiting anxiously for new MacBook Pros, but I will probably wait until next month to get one. Looking at the 15” models.

CCardona

Very disappointed that the 13” model does not get the new Intel i5 processor, especially after all that waiting!

anonymoose

No Air?!

Lee Dronick

No Air?!


They are probably fixing to get ready to evolve the MacBook Air into a MacPad Air with a virtual keyboard.

Mouring

Semi-disappointing.. I was hoping to see USB 3.0 ports.  Other than the video card and not having to do an EFI hack for 64bit support to do 8gig of ram.  I really am having a hard time justifying an upgrade off of an MacBookPro3,1 2.4ghz model.

Almost debating on going back to building a whitebox for gaming.  Which would be depressing since I’d have to run a heathen OS.

Ion_Quest

I wonder what happened to the Core i3 for the 13 inch MacBook.  Would this have been a step backwards?

BurmaYank

CCardona said:
“Very disappointed that the 13? model does not get the new Intel i5 processor..!”

and Sir Harry Flashman said, after

anonymoose said: “No Air?!”:

“They are probably fixing to get ready to evolve the MacBook Air into a MacPad Air with a virtual keyboard.”

Or could they be fixing to to evolve the 13? MacBook into the MacBook Air, instead?

Dean Lewis

I wonder what happened to the Core i3 for the 13 inch MacBook.? Would this have been a step backwards?

I don’t know about a step backwards, but according to a comment post at another site, there is some kind of restriction by Intel that you must use their integrated graphics chip or use a discrete graphics chip/card if you are going to use the i-series CPUs. Since the 13 in MacBooks use NVIDIA’s integrated GPU, they have to stick to the Core 2 Duo CPUs for now.

I haven’t verified all of this yet. Just passing on some info if anyone wishes to follow up before I can do so. smile

webjprgm

I don?t know about a step backwards, but according to a comment post at another site, there is some kind of restriction by Intel that you must use their integrated graphics chip or use a discrete graphics chip/card if you are going to use the i-series CPUs. Since the 13 in MacBooks use NVIDIA?s integrated GPU, they have to stick to the Core 2 Duo CPUs for now.

The MacBook Pro’s use NVIDIA graphics cards.  Is it the “Intel HD Graphics” that counts as an integrated Intel graphics chip? So the 15” and 17” MBPs have two graphics chips.  I guess that allows switching to save power or something.

Very disappointed that the 13? model does not get the new Intel i5 processor,

I am also disappointed that there isn’t any change (or was there a small change?) here.  I like the smaller 13” size for a laptop. 

I’m kinda wanting an upgrade from my black MacBook that has a CUDA-supported graphics card in it.  GeForce 320M is not listed as supported (current 13” model), but GeForce 330M (15” MBP) is.  Well, I can wait for a while before I run out of time to get an educational discount.

cb50dc

@ Burmayank and Sir Harry: Having listened to waaay too many podcasts discussing this new thing, the ? (what do you call it ? the iPeed? ? no, wait iPad, right) ?

Given the apparent lack of enduring enthusiasm for the Air, and the desire of many for more genuine computer power and functions (like, duh, PRINTING) on the iPad, I’ve also wondered if the Air may just quietly disappear (into the air?) WHILE a v3 or v4 iPad inherits Air’s connectivity and functions. Subtle reincarnations from both directions.

Maybe not by this coming Christmas, but I think very plausible in 2011.

Lancashire-Witch

IMO the only problem with the Air is it is too expensive.

CCardona

Given the apparent lack of enduring enthusiasm for the Air

What lack? The Air is apparently selling OK, or they’d have discontinued it by now (remember the Xraid/Newton/etc?) I LOVE my Air, as do many members of the, uh, “physical therapy generation” (over a certain age, weekend warrior, you get it).

I’ve HAD 15” MBPs, and like my former CEO once told me, “it never leaves my desk!” That’s NOT the point of a laptop Mac.

barryotoole

MacPad Air with a virtual keyboard

Isn’t that already out as the iPad?

I do think there will be at least one more update of MBA before it is supplanted by an iPad with more computing power, say by Feb 2012. (iPad HD Pro?)

cb50dc

What lack? The Air is apparently selling OK, or they?d have discontinued it by now

Yeah, I’m with you on that “Physical Therapy generation,” as well as mental. wink

I certainly wasn’t denigrating the MacBook Air itself nor its users. I meant to refer to Apple’s apparently keeping it in maintenance rather than development. I haven’t seen them cranking out revisions and updates of the MBA as they do with iMacs, MacBooks, MBPs, iPods, iPhones, etc. (Maybe they do revise it every so often ? I know only that it hasn’t shown up on my radar.)

With that point clarified, I’ll add that I suspect iPad v3 or v4 will probably render the MBA redundant (though still a fine Mac, no sarcasm), hence ending its production.

Who knows what lurks in the heart of Steve…

[edit: now having posted this at 3:54p, I see I overlap partly with barryotoole]

Lee Dronick

Isn?t that already out as the iPad?

I do think there will be at least one more update of MBA before it is supplanted by an iPad with more computing power, say by Feb 2012. (iPad HD Pro?)

I was thinking more of a device running OSX, a full Mac, but yes no doubt that the iPad will only get more powerful.

anonymoose

The Air is the best laptop I’ve ever owned in my life—the only problem is that it does not have enough memory.  If it had a 4gb of RAM it’d be perfect.

The iPad will never replace a laptop unless and until voice recognition is easier/better/faster than a keyboard—which it’s not today.  Plus, I want Mac OSX, not iPhone/Pad apps.

So, I sincerely hope the Air is updated, and has many future revisions ahead of it.

cb50dc

The iPad will never replace a laptop unless and until voice recognition is easier/better/faster than a keyboard?which it?s not today.  Plus, I want Mac OSX, not iPhone/Pad apps.

I think we agree on the direction we want to see. I bet that the MBA *will* be updated, but, again, not as a MacBook Air per se. Even if the iPad has a hiccup or three, it has begun turning the rudder for the industry. It’s the pivot point for everyday computers, as significant as the mouse when it came out.

Your phrases “unless and until” and “which it’s not today” have a key role here. It’s a question of where things may very well GO now. As someone (maybe from the TMO crew?) on a podcast pointed out recently, the iPad looks a lot like the thing Jean-Luc Picard would bring out occasionally. It’s the future. Starting now.

So in two or three years, when I put on my iSee glasses and lie down 20’ away from my iPad, the headlines I read on those lenses 1/4” in front of my eyes will no longer say “Apple intros i5, i7 models,” but something more like “Apple intros 15” and 17” iPads”

featuring:

1. OS XI update 11.4.1

2. Apple’s new proprietary iDoItAll universal connectivity port, likely to render obsolete standard WiFi and Bluetooth

3. iWorldspeak 2.0, instantaneous speech recognition/OCR now offering 18 more languages to extend the five included in last year’s 1.0

4. a retina-identification security feature, eliminating the need for all character-based passwords (OK, give it a year or two ??still a little glitchy)

and two or three years later,

5. Dilithium crystal battery offering three-day continuous power for routine use (though limited to 20 hours if running iMovie or Keynote in iHolograph mode)

Saying “The Air is the best laptop I’ve ever owned” will be comparable to saying today, “This integrated iMac with the different fruit-colored enclosure is the best Mac I’ve ever owned.” Perfectly true ? at the time.

Soon after that: “Yeah, Apple’s iBrain chip sounds good in concept. But come on, who’s really going to have that thing implanted?”

PSMacintosh

Apple SHOULD have gone to Macworld and announced these laptops there.  This way is anti-climatic and boring!!!

Apple says that it’s Apple Stores are the best way to market and sell.
Not really!  They’re not horrible, but they are not great!

The moment I heard that new Macbook Pros were released (was that Tuesday), I had questions and so immediately jumped in my car and drove 10-15 miles to my local Apple Store (Pleasanton, CA) to see and feel them in person.
Guess what!?!  There were none out on display (in the mid-afternoon)!

The store Manager just said, “Well, I’ve got to make some space for them by moving the old MBPs. We’ll get to it tonight and they’ll be out by tomorrow.”
Yeah, that’s great “selling”.

Haven’t been back since!

PSMacintosh

I’m very glad a MATTE screen is available, at least on the 15 inch.
Without matte, I wouldn’t even consider buying.

PSMacintosh

I’m also glad that Apple has done a lot of work on the BATTERY CHARGING issues.

I’ve read up some on what they’ve now done, but I’ll be interested in finding out exactly how well the new MBP’s battery will last if the MBP is left plugged into the wall 95-100% of the time.

My 2007 MBP’s battery was killed by this normal-for-me practice.
When I did later try to use my MBP off-wall, I got 8 minutes of life.

I was very unhappy with Apple’s complete refusal to take any responsibility (since I had done everything they instructed at time of purchase—one deep charge and complete drain) for replacing their flawed battery system.

Hopefully they have no remedied this particular type of charging problem, but I have yet to hear true confirmation of this.  I’d love to see the testing results.

Lee Dronick

The moment I heard that new Macbook Pros were released (was that Tuesday), I had questions and so immediately jumped in my car and drove 10-15 miles to my local Apple Store (Pleasanton, CA) to see and feel them in person.
Guess what!?!? There were none out on display (in the mid-afternoon)!

On announcement day I always call before heading to my local Apple Store to see if the new stuff is on display.

I have been to the Pleasanton Apple Store a few times when visiting family in San Leandro. It is one of the smaller ones. I have also been to the one in Emeryville, but I can’t remember how that compares size wise.

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