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Apple Injects MacBook Pro Line with Faster Parts, Longer Battery Life

Apple Injects MacBook Pro Line with Faster Parts, Longer Battery Life

Apple today announced it has revamped its entire MacBook Pro line with faster processors, beefier Nvidia graphics, and longer battery life, a tech triple play that will be welcome news to Apple fans who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the new models to roll out.

Starting with the entry-level units, Apple says all 13-inch MacBook Pro models now sport higher-clocked
Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 4GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics, and 10 hours of battery life. Pricing starts at $1,200 and also includes a 250GB hard drive, 8X DVD burner, a pair of SD card slots, and various other odds and ends.



But it's the 15-inch and 17-inch models where the real fun begins, which now come equipped with Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 processors. According to Apple, you can expect up to 50 percent better performance when compared against previous-gen MacBook Pros.

Apple says all 15-inch and 17-inch models include both integrated Intel HD graphics and Nvidia's new GT 330M chipset. By tapping into Nvidia's Optimus technology, battery life is extended by automatically switching between the two depending on the application.

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line

Faster Processors, Next-Generation Graphics & Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life

CUPERTINO, California—April 13, 2010—Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery.* The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple’s new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.

“The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”

All 13-inch MacBook Pro models now include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 4GB RAM, a 10-hour built-in battery and the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor. With 48 processing cores, the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M is the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market, ideal for graphics intensive applications or high performance games. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 250GB hard drive priced at $1,199; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 320GB hard drive priced at $1,499.

The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models are up to 50 percent faster than the previous systems.** Using Intel’s state-of-the-art 32 nanometer process, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors integrate the memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster access to system memory. Hyper-Threading technology improves data throughput by creating virtual processing cores, while Turbo Boost optimizes performance between the two processor cores, accelerating the system from 2.66 GHz to 3.06 GHz for intensive dual core tasks, and up to 3.33 GHz for single core tasks.

All 15-inch and 17-inch models include two graphics processors, the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M for peak performance and Intel HD Graphics for energy efficient operation. More than twice as fast as the GeForce 320M, the powerful new GeForce GT 330M provides incredibly smooth, crisp on-screen graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. Apple’s automatic graphics switching determines which graphics processor an application needs and switches instantly between processors to deliver peak performance and long battery life. Tightly integrated hardware and software allow the new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro to deliver 8 to 9 hours on a single charge.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in three models: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 320GB hard drive at $1,799; one with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive at $1,999; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive for $2,299.

The MacBook Pro glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad now supports inertial scrolling, an intuitive way to scroll through large photo libraries, lengthy documents and long web sites. All MacBook Pros feature bright, LED-backlit wide-angle displays with a broad color gamut. The 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is now available with an optional high resolution 1680 x 1050 display. Customers can also upgrade their MacBook Pro with new 128GB, 256GB and 512GB solid state drives.

As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac® notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.

Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a notebook battery that delivers up to 10 hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges.**** The built-in battery design results in less waste and depleted batteries can be replaced for $129 or $179, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.

All Macs come with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Pricing & Availability 
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 17-inch MacBook Pro are now available through the Apple Store® (
www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • 250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight® video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire® 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
  • SD card slot;
  • combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.

The 2.66 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • 320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
  • SD card slot;
  • combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 rpm or a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;
  • 320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • audio line in (analog/digital);
  • audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.53 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • audio line in (analog/digital);
  • audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.66 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • audio line in (analog/digital);
  • audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a high resolution 15-inch 1680 x 1050 display in glossy and antiglare, a 500GB 5400 rpm or 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The 2.53 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,299 (US), includes:

  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • iSight video camera;
  • three USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • audio line in (analog/digital);
  • audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, antiglare display, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

*Testing conducted by Apple in March 2010 using preproduction 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo–based 13-inch MacBook Pro units with NVIDIA GeForce 320M and production 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based 13-inch MacBook Pro units with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M.

**Testing conducted by Apple in March 2010 using preproduction 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7–based 15-inch MacBook Pro units with NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and production 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo-based 15-inch MacBook Pro units with NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT.

***EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visitwww.epeat.net.

****A properly maintained MacBook Pro battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbookpro/battery.

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about time apple about time or mayb little late :)...not fan of mac computers but i have to admit that apple products have the best quality...

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but i have to admit that apple products have the best quality...

Are you kidding? Apple has been plagued with horrible production quality in the past year. Problems with their integrated video card, iMAC LCD monitor, and limiting the speed of SATA ports are some examples of how apple products have been very shoddy. It also took Apple 6 months to admit certain issues with their products. As far as I see it, their image of quality has been tainted.

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Mate i admit that last year apple had alot of problems with their macs and other stuff but i was judging apple since they release their first ipod and since then they bin rolling out high quality products...

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Kyouya:

but i have to admit that apple products have the best quality...

Are you kidding? Apple has been plagued with horrible production quality in the past year. Problems with their integrated video card, iMAC LCD monitor, and limiting the speed of SATA ports are some examples of how apple products have been very shoddy. It also took Apple 6 months to admit certain issues with their products. As far as I see it, their image of quality has been tainted.

 

But the thing is that their customer service probably covers up a good deal of it. A classmate of mine bought a MacBook last year and was have multiple issues with it. She brought it to Apple's Genius Bar a few times. Finally, they just upgraded her to a better model. Despite all those issues and having to go back to Apple support, she loves Apple. The thing is that it works and people just forget about all the issues with their previous Mac. That is just one case though so I could be wrong. I don't know many Mac users.

 

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While Apple products have lost their luster since the introduction of the iPhone and iPad. At least they still make good machines though not on the caliber of "the best PC ever".

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Apple is starting to drift away from their share of PC building and are really focusing on things like Handhelds and Tablets. I've never been a fan of their computers though, I feel like I'm paying for invisible hardware. 

What surprised me was the fact that these new Macbooks won't have USB 3.0 capability. It seems like its already going to be falling behind the curve. Probably the best movie that Apple made was to update the GPU. For a while it was lagging behind on the current markets. 

 

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Right Right Right...Viddy Well Little Brother...Viddy Well....!

Remember that in their battle with Microsoft and the entire PC community, Apple came first.
 
Somewhere along the way, they diverted from being a good software developer and tried to be a manufacturing empire. That is how Jobs got a good reputation, because when he got fired, the guys that took over ran that company into the ground faster than a dot com company.
 
If they would have stuck to developing a strong OS like MS, that would have really given them a run for their money. Then if they wanted to delve into hardware production they would have had the capital, and could have kept the development and production in control locally. Instead they had to outsource and wonder why they lose control.
 
Remember Who first came up with "windows" before it was Windows!

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If you are talking about a GUI, then it I guess it would either be the Stanford Research Institute or Xerox (Xerox Alto computer).

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Um they are just doing this for their ipad :P it would drain too much i its power during charge xD

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Nvidia and Apple....Neah! :P

I am just waiting for other system builders to get their hands on Apples battery manufacturers.

I still have that image of the Bat and the IPad in my head.

Hopefully by this time next year, We will see things like the Mx11 have 10+ hours of battery life. and the larger notebooks would benefit as well.

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This is the news that I've been waiting for. Time to get my MacBook Pro 15" and posting another review of how great it is...

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I think the 1199 13" is a good deal, with 10hr of battery life and a 2.4Ghz Core 2. Not to shabby, I dont think i would drop 1799 on the 15. even though it has an i5, you could just get a samsung laptop with an i5 for 799 and put ubuntu or some other lunix build to get the better battery life, at half the cost...

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Der Meister:

I think the 1199 13" is a good deal, with 10hr of battery life and a 2.4Ghz Core 2. Not to shabby, I dont think i would drop 1799 on the 15. even though it has an i5, you could just get a samsung laptop with an i5 for 799 and put ubuntu or some other lunix build to get the better battery life, at half the cost...

 

I agree. I think the 13" would be very popular. Sure, there isn't an i3 or an i5. But most people won't need the performance from an i5 anyways. Having a pretty good processor and long battery life will make this a great seller at $1199.

 

How good are the Samsung laptops anyways? I haven't read much about them.

 

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Either way, Vote with your wallet. Demand that Apple give you more for your money...Across the board!
 
Of course I would take an Apple over a Samsung any day! Yet they would still have to give me both of them, its not like I'm rushing out waiting in line to buy :P

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Der Meister:

I think the 1199 13" is a good deal, with 10hr of battery life and a 2.4Ghz Core 2. Not to shabby, I dont think i would drop 1799 on the 15. even though it has an i5, you could just get a samsung laptop with an i5 for 799 and put ubuntu or some other lunix build to get the better battery life, at half the cost...

I also think so.

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lol i see these things everywhere...

MAC loves my university (mcmaster) ...

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