Apple Bumps Up MacBook Pro Speed

As if there weren't enough new things coming out of Cupertino today, Apple quietly updated the processor speeds for its 15-inch unibody MacBook Pro on Tuesday. The midrange model that previously shipped with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor now ships with the same 2.66GHz processor Apple is using in the 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro.

The 2.66GHz MacBook Pro ships with 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT video with 512MB memory,  320GB hard drive, USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth, a built-in iSight camera and mic, SuperDrive, illuminated keyboard, and multi-touch trackpad.

Apple is also offering a 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo build to order option.

The 15-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro is priced at US$2,499, and Apple says it is shipping in 1-3 business days.

[Thanks to all of my Twitter followers that gave me the heads-up!]