The wait is over. Apple finally updated their Macbook Pro family today. I say finally because we’ve been hearing rumors of a refresh since the first week of April. Okay, so the rumor wasn’t actually kicking around that long, but let’s take a look at what they’re offering.
As suspected the new laptops include Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors. According to Apple this means up to a 50% boost in performance over the previous models. Also on board is NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics processor, which boasts 48 processing cores and up to 512mb of dedicated memory. Each Macbook Pro will now include 4GB of DDR3 RAM by default and can be expanded to 8GB, though there are only two slots. Once again Apple is claiming an 8-10 hour battery life on a single charge, but that is with like one app open and the screen at 25% brightness.
Unfortunately, the 13-inch Macbook Pro is devoid of the new processing power, but the 15-inch can sport a 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor. The 17-inch gets the 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor or the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor. Either model can include a SSD, although it will cost you some serious coin.
Pricing you ask? There are three 15-inch options, with the latter including the i7 processor. The prices: $1,799, $1,999 and $2,199. The 17-inch is only available in one prefab setup and that includes the i5 processor. Its cost is $2,299. All these models are ready to ship now, so get out your plastic and start typing.