Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 24-10-2011
Early this morning Apple unveiled updates to the company’s entire MacBook Pro lineup, which is said to bring faster processors, improved performances and bigger hard drives without increasing the price. The unannounced updates have been expected since around the middle of September with faster MacBook models available in time for the 2011 Christmas season.
The 13″ MacBook Pro comes in two different configurations, the first being an entry-level configuration with a retail price of $1,199 comes with an Intel Core i5 processor. The second model is slightly faster and comes with an Intel Core i7 processor for $1,499.
Both models have received slight increases in speed as well as bigger hard drives. The 13″ entry-level model comes with an all new 2.4GHz processor and increases its storage space from 320GB to 500GB. The faster model gets a newer version of the Core i7 at 2.8GHz and also receives a larger 750GB hard drive, a bump up from the original 500GB.
The 15″ MacBook Pro also comes in two iterations, the cheaper being $1,799 and the more expensive one costing $2,199. Both of these models take advantage of the quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and both have received an increase in processor speed with the slower of the two increasing from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz and the faster increasing from 2.2GHz to 2.4GHz.
In addition to that, the graphics processing hardware has also been upgraded with new discrete graphics cards from AMD. The $1,799 model gets an upgrade to the AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB of dedicated memory and the $2,199 model upgrades to the AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB of dedicated memory.
Finally, the 17″ MacBook Pro is also getting upgraded in terms of processing and graphics. This model, which will run you $2,499, comes with a new quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and the new AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB of dedicated memory. In addition to that, the 17″ MacBook Pro, as well as the 13″ and 15″ models, can be purchased with an additional 512GB of solid-state drive storage.
All of these new models are listed on Apple’s site as being in stock with free shipping, though the new models may not yet be available. While these five models have received an incremental upgrade, the improved performance and hardware, along with the price remaining the same, is definitely something that will please customers and something that will keep Apple in better competition with new Windows devices soon to receive Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors in the early part of next year.
Source: PC Mag – Apple Sneaks Out MacBook Pro Updates