Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80% faster graphics and a 10-hour built-in battery.
The new 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pro are claimed to carry 8-to-9 hours of battery life, 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.
Apple has also introduced new high-resolution displays for its 15″ MacBook Pro, offering a standard 1440×900 glossy screen with options for 1680×1050 screens in glossy (+$100) or anti-glare (+$150). The 17″ MacBook Pro continues to sport a 1900×1200 screen in either glossy (standard) or anti-glare ($50 extra). Apple also continues to offer a single standard glossy display running at 1280×800 for the 13″ model.
MacBook Pros New Prices
Pricing has changed slightly from the previous generation, with the low-end 15″ MacBook Pro seeing a +$100 price hike while the high-end 15″ and 17″ models experience -$100 and -$200 price cuts respectively.
Apple is offering six standard MacBook Pro configurations across the line’s three sizes:
13″ MacBook Pro
- $1199: 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive
- $1499: 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 320M, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive
15″ MacBook Pro
- $1799: 2.4 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive
- $1999: 2.53 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive
- $2199: 2.66 GHz Core i7, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive
17″ MacBook Pro
- $2299: 2.53 GHz Core i5, Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive
- The 2.66 GHz Core i7 processor is available on the 17″ MacBook Pro as a +$200 build-to-order upgrade.
All models also offer up to 512 GB of SSD solid-state storage (adding $1,300) or 500 GB of traditional hard drive storage.
Apple also updated the MacBook Pro Mini DisplayPort implementation to support both Audio and Video.
Post author: Daniel Semper