Mobile Computing

Apple Overhauls MacBook Pro Line

Apple MacBook Pro, MacBook pro i5, MacBook pro i7, school technology, campus technology, educational technology, technology in k-12 education

Apple has updated its entire line of MacBook Pro notebooks, making Intel Core i5 and Core i7 chips standard for 15- and 17-inch models and beefing up graphics capabilities on all models.

The MacBook Pro line continues to consist of 13-, 15-, and 17-inch models.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro models, which start at $1,199, are now available in two configurations, one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Both now sport Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics. The 15-inch models, meanwhile, consist entirely of Core i5 or Core i7 processors, along with an optional high-resolution display. The 17-inch model, coming it at $2,299, is built around a Core i5 chip. All of the new models offer the glass Multi-Touch trackpad, which supports two-, three-, and four-finger gestures, along with inertial scrolling.

The new lineup includes the following configurations.

The $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 MB shared level-2 cache and 1,066 MHz frontside bus;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,280 x 800 glossy display;
  • Storage: 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Single combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

The $1,499 GHz 13-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 MB shared level-2 cache and 1,066 MHz front-side bus;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,280 x 800 glossy display;
  • Storage: 320 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Single combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

Both 13-inch MacBook pros also offer a mini-DVI port for connecting to external displays, integrated iSight video camera, 60 watt "MagSafe" power adapter, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, and illuminated keyboard.

The $1,799 15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared level-3 cache;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256 MB of VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,440 x 900 glossy display;
  • Storage: 320 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Separate combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

The $1,999 15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared level-3 cache;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256 MB of VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,440 x 900 glossy display;
  • Storage: 500 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Separate combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

The $2,199 15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4 MB shared level-3 cache;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512 MB of VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,440 x 900 glossy display;
  • Storage: 500 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Separate combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

All 15-inch MacBook Pros also offer a mini-DVI port for connecting to external displays, integrated iSight video camera, 85 watt "MagSafe" power adapter, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, and illuminated keyboard.

With the new lineup, the 15-inch models can also be ordered with an optional higher-resolution display (1,680 x 1,050) in glossy and anti-glare finishes. Solid-state drives, 7,200 RPM drives are also optional.

The $2,299 17-inch MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3 MB shared level-3 cache;
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512 MB of VRAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics;
  • Memory: 4 GB 1,066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8 GB;
  • Display: 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1,920 x 1,200 glossy display;
  • Storage: 500 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm;
  • Removable media: Slot-load 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive with double-layer support, SD card slot;
  • Wireless connectivity: AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Wired communications: Gigabit Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port;
  • Audio: Separate combined analog and digital (mini-Toslink) line in and out, integrated speakers, integrated microphone.

The 17-inch model also includes a mini-DVI port for connecting to external displays, integrated iSight video camera, 85 watt "MagSafe" power adapter, glass Multi-Touch trackpad, and illuminated keyboard.

All of the new models are available now. Further information about the new MacBook pro lineup can be found on Apple's site here.

comments powered by Disqus