MacBook Pro Gets 2.8GHz Core i7 Option

Apple quietly added a new build-to-order option on Wednesday for its 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro lineup that lets buyers bump up to a 2.8 GHz Core i7 processor. The new option rolled out on the same day Apple introduced new MacBook Air models sporting a decidedly slower Intel Core 2 Duo chip running at 1.4 GHz.

MacBook Pro, now even faster

The 2.8 GHz i7 build-to-order option adds an extra US$400 to the price of your 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro, which probably isn’t too steep for users that need as much horse power as they can get out of a portable machine.

The faster processor is available after users select a 15-inch or 17-inch MacBook Pro at Apple’s online store.