In what comes as a surprise to very few in the tech community, Apple has announced a refreshed line of MacBook Pros now available for purchase.
The three sizes of 13″, 15″ and 17″ remain the same as do their starting price points of $1199, $1799 and $2499 respectively. The design of the exterior is virtually unchanged with the only modification being the new Thunderbolt enabled Mini Display port which can take advantage of super fast data transfer with Lightpeak technology.
Under the hood, the 13″ model has finally gotten away from the now dated Core 2 Duo architecture adopting the new Sandy Bridge Core i5 CPUs with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. The 15″ and 17″ models both have Core i5 processors as their base options but they can step it up to quad-core i7 processors if you choose. An interesting change is Apple has ditched NVIDIA graphics cards in its higher end MacBook Pros instead adopting AMD Radeon HD graphics. They have enabled on-demand switching so the graphics card will only kick in when the demand is there and the computer will revert back to the integrated Intel graphics when doing less demanding tasks. Apple promises improved battery life and greatly improved speeds of up to twice as fast as the previous MacBook Pro generation.
It’s interesting to see that a lot of the rumors that came out this week about the MacBook Pros having hybrid SSD and HDD storage and larger trackpads have not come true and Apple is sticking with a traditional storage design.
Head on over to your nearest Apple store or apple.com and empty your wallet as the new models are available now. Interested in picking one up? Let us know in the comments!
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