Apple Introduces Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

Apple upgraded the MacBook Pro on Tuesday. The new version sports an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and adds FireWire 800 to the 15-inch model. Both sizes include a FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 port, an ExpressCard/34 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, up to a 200GB hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with 256MB RAM, built-in iSight camera, Front Row and Apple Remote, an illuminated keyboard, and a MagSafe power adapter.

The Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro.

The 15.4-inch display model is available with either a 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 120GB hard drive, 1GB RAM, 6x double-layer SuperDrive, and two USB 2.0 ports. The 2.16GHz model comes with 128MB of video memory instead of 256MB. The 17-inch model includes a 2.33GHz Intel Core Duo processor, a 160GB hard drive, 2GB RAM, an 8x double-layer SuperDrive, and three USB ports.

Apple claims the new MacBook Pro models perform up to 39 percent faster than the models they replace.

The 15.4-inch 2.16GHz model is priced at US$1,999, the 15.4-inch 2.33GHz model is $2,499, and the 17-inch 2.33GHz model costs $2,799. All are shipping in 2-4 business days, and are available on the Apple Store.