MacBook Renamed 13-inch MacBook Pro, Gains FireWire 800 [Updated]

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Apple returned the FireWire port to MacBook users on Monday at its World Wide Developer Conference, and redubbed the laptop the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Along with FireWire 800, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro includes a built-in battery just like the 17-inch and new 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro gained the same display as the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 60 percent increase in color gamut, sports a back-lit keyboard and SD card slot, offers up to seven hours battery life, up to 8GB RAM, and up to a 500GB hard drive.

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro

The laptop includes a MagSafe power port, Gigabit Ethernet, one FireWire 800 port, two USB 2.0 ports, combo optical digital audio in and out ports, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, Mini DisplayPort, and built-in iSight camera and microphone.

The laptop's built-in battery can handle up to 1,000 recharges before reaching 80 percent of its original capacity, just like the 17-inch and the new 15-inch MacBook Pro's built-in battery.

The 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo model ships with 2GB DDR3, a 160GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M Graphics for US$1,199. The 2.53GHz model is priced at $1,499 and includes 4GB DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M Graphics.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available now, and leaves only the white $999 MacBook in the original MacBook lineup.

Comments

YES!

This is GREAT news!! Buying one TODAY!!

deasys

So, what was that people were saying about the fate of FireWire?

Good going, Apple.

Will Turner

Awesome news on the firewire!

That lets the everyone vaguely interested in audio onto the unibody 13’s.

Todd

well it seems like I bought the limited edition of the macbook aluminium

Jack Greene

Great news for the education market with the return of Firewire. Apple dodged a bullet there ...

Terrin

Killing Firewire really was a mistake. I too have a limited edition Macbook Aluminum.

rovdog 2.0

Wow! I kept going to sites to check if there was a work-around for no firewire. I didn’t need want the size and weight of the old Pro but I definitely wanted firewire. Like a lot of people in audio and video, it’s pretty much the only port I use. It’s always been one of the best things about macs, quick file transfers, target disk, and what has been incredible useful is daisy-chaining.

I almost bought the white macbook several times because I thought they might take firewire out of lower priced macs completely.

A few people speculated they might bring it back but I didn’t think they actually would. I guess they listened to all the people complaining- and even though they made a mistake- this is a sign of a good company. I give Apple a lot of credit for this move.

For those with the limited edition, that’s too bad (it should have been on the first gen no question) but my orphaned G4 powerbook with no USB 2 ports has served me well (probably one reason why I use firewire so much). If firewire wasn’t the deal-breaker for you on the previous gen, I’m thinking maybe you won’t miss it that much. This move however just opened up this computer to a whole new group of people.

Will

I bought a previous generation white Macbook refurb last November because the then new 13-inch unibodies did not have firewire - and although it is a great machine, it may be about to become my shortest owned Mac….

Good news as far as I am concerned.

Jay

Target Disk Mode… So nice to see you!

azarkon

The audio-in port went bye-bye :-(  Still, the FW is a much better.

After the keynote showing the new aluminum MacBook looking exactly like the 15 and 17 models, I thought they were blurring the distinction between the MacBook and MacBook Pro product lines, so I’m not surprised at all that they called the 13 a pro.  In addition to “earning” the distinction by adding FW, that name change allowed Apple to drop the dual graphics from the base 15 pro without making it look like the pro that wasn’t.

But this leaves the MacBook category virtually open.  Consumer-oriented touch-screen models going down to 10 or 12 inch, anyone?

Mary

Mac is really amazing. I’m still saving money to buy a MacBook Pro
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Mizzac

This is some real BS… I got the Macbook 13inch without firewire… dropped $1,400.00 on it… And was pissed about having no firewire… but hey gotta have the Mac right couldnt afford the pro… Now less than a yr later it has firewire… I really feel robbed, these Macs aint cheap… now I’m stuck with no firewire what I’m supposed to buy another 1 now, yeah right… they need to do a trade-in promotion or something, this really succs….!

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