The 2011 Apple MacBook Pro Line Up is Official
The highly rumored MacBook Pro has finally been made official and as expected, all the three models including the 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch have been upgraded with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors. Moreover, Apple has also replaced NVIDIA GPU’s with AMD’s Radeon offerings, but only on the 15-inch and 17-inch systems, while the 13-inch comes with Intel’s integrated graphics.
That is not all though. Apple has introduced a new port with these machines called the Thunderbolt and it is essentially Intel’s Light Peak technology which promises extremely high data transfer rates of up to 10Gbps. Thunderbolt is a great implementation in these new systems; it consists of two bi-directional channels which enables such high speed data transfer. The best part is that it also supports FireWire and USB devices with gigabit ethernet using adapters, and it also features support for multiple high resolution display ports using existing adapters for HDMI, VGA and DVI.
The last change is regarding the inbuilt webcam. Known formerly as iSight, the renamed “FaceTime HD Camera” now offers triple the resolution. Coupled with the FaceTime app ($1), you can now enjoy HD video calls with other people.
There are two new 13-inch MacBook Pro systems each powered Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processor and clocked at either 2.3GHz or 2.7GHz. The basic model ships with 4GB of DDR3 memory, 320GB of HDD and Intel’s HD Graphics 3000 while the second model has a similar basic offering but comes with a 500GB HDD.
In regards to the 15.4-inch models of the MacBook Pro have a resolution of 1400 x 900 pixels and you get a choice of Intel’s quad core 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz or Core i7 clocked at 2.3GHz. The basic models ships with 4GB of DDR3 memory both have Intel HD Graphics 3000 and the new AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB GPU and the operating keeps switching between them depending on the load. The difference here is again with the hard drives, the first one features a 500 GB HDD while the second one has a 750GB HDD, both ship with glossy-finish while matte-finish is an option.
Moving on to the more powerful 17-inch MacBook Pro one of which sports Intel’s quad core 2.2GHz Core i7 processor with similar graphic capabilities like the 15-inch model. It boasts a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and storage of 750GB with an option of up to 512GB using SSD.
The 13-inch and 15-inch feature a SDXC memory card slot while the 17-inch has a ExpressCard slot. Other features common with all the models are USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi a/b/g/n, 8x SuperDrive DVD burner, FaceTime HD camera and obviously the new Thunderbolt port.
In terms of pricing the 2.3GHz 13-inch starts at $1,199 and the 2.7GHz 13-inch starts at $1,499. The 2.0GHz 15-inch starts at $1,799 and the 2.2GHz 15-inch starts at $2,199. Finally the 17-inch begins at $2,499. All the new MacBook Pros are now available for order on Apple’s online store.