Desktops and Notebooks: Apple Updates MacBook Pro Notebooks with Boost from Intel, AMD

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-02-24 Print this article Print
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Notebooks with Boost from Intel, AMD

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Notebooks with Boost from Intel, AMD

Apple, with help from Intel, introduced an updated lineup of MacBook Pro notebooks Feb. 24. Looking similar to previous models, these new Macs instead have been revamped on the inside, featuring Intel's faster, second-generation core "Sandy Bridge processors, AMD Radeon graphics, HD FaceTime cameras and-the biggest news-new Thunderbolt connectivity technology from Intel. The result of a collaboration between Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt-formerly known as "Light Peak-connects computers to peripherals at super-fast speeds-12 times faster than a FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than a USB 2.0, according to Apple. Not exclusive to Apple, it will eventually also be available to third-party device makers. In addition to being the industry's greenest notebook lineup, according to Apple, the new MacBook Pros are all twice as fast as their predecessors. On sale now, the 13-inch models start at $1,199, the 15-inch models at $1,799 and the 17-inch MacBook Pro at $2,499. (All MacBook Pro images are courtesy of Apple. Thunderbolt images courtesy of Intel.)
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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