Apple Boosts Laptop Speed with MacBook Pro Refresh

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Apple quietly updated its MacBook Pro lineup on Monday with faster processors and more powerful video chips. The lineup now starts with at least a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor in the 13-inch model, and a 2.2GHz Core i7 processor in the 15-inch model, and all models include 4GB RAM.

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The 13-inch MacBook Pro now includes a 2.4GHz or 2.8GHz Core i5 processor and a 500GB 5400 RPM hard drive. Apple also offers a 2.8GHz Core i7 version with a 750GB hard drive.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro ships with a 2.2GHz Core i7 or 2.4GHz Core i7 processor. The 2.2GHz model includes an AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 512MB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, while the 2.4GHz model ships with a AMD Radeon HD 6770M video card with 1GB RAM, and a 750GB hard drive.

Apple’s 17-inch model now ships with a 2.4GHz Core i7 processor, AMD’s Radeon HD 6770M video card with 1GB RAM, and a 750GB hard drive.

All of the models include the standard array of FireWire and USB ports, along with Thunderbolt, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Facetime camera, speakers, and microphone.

Pricing for the laptops hasn’t changed with the 13-inch model starting at US$1,199, the 15-inch model starting at $1,799, and the 17-inch model costing $2,499.

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The 13” models are dual core and the 15” & 17” are quad core.

Jay Nelson

I’m at the Boulder Apple store right now and they have a 2.0 GHz 15-inch model for $1599. The 2.2GHz model is $1999. A 2.3GHz model with antiglare display is $2399.


I guess though, that this means the 27” MacBook Pro I predicted last week was delayed. Maybe next spring.

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