Generally speaking, Apple has a tendency to make waves when they update their products, unless of course it’s a smaller iteration And that’s what happened yesterday, when the Cupertino company quietly boosted the specs of their Macbook Pros; they didn’t update the form factor. So if you’ve been holding out on purchasing a new laptop, now might be the time to buy, unless of course you want to hold out for the rumored 15-inch and 17-inch Macbook Airs, as we reported a few months ago?
So what’s changed?
The entry level Macbook Pro, the 13-inch received a 2.4Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor as well as a 500GB hard drive. It still costs $1,199. The next model up of the same size, scored a a 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 and a larger 750GB hard drive. The price also remains the same at $1,499.
As for the 15-inch models, both now include quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. The lesser of the two has a 2.2GHz processor and a 500GB hard drive and a a faster AMD Radeon HD 6750M discrete graphics card with 512MB of GDDR5. The faster machine now sports a 2.4Ghz chips, a 750GB hard drive and AMD’s Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB of GDDR5. They sell for $1,799 and $2,199 respectively.
Lastly, the lower end 17-inch Macbook Pro scored the same update as the top tier 15-inch Macbook pro, though you can bump that to 2.5GHz for $250 more. It starts at $2,499.
All models are available now at Apple’s website and should be reflected at other retailers later this week if not early next week.