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

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2011-02-24
 
 
 

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Notebooks with Boost from Intel, AMD

 

Apple Updates MacBook Pro Notebooks with Boost from Intel, AMD

Apple MacBook Pro Family

The new family of Apple MacBook Pro notebooks include a 13-inch model with a choice of dual-core Intel Core i5 processors; a 15-inch model with a choice of quad-core Intel Core i7 processors and AMD Radeon graphics; and a 17-inch model with a 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 670M graphics and a 750GB hard drive.

Apple MacBook Pro Family

15-Inch MacBook Pro

The full line of new MacBook Pro notebooks are designed to get seven hours of battery life from a single charge. Apple officials said their smarter processor architecture means the batteries hold their charge longer and last for more years-an expected five years, vs. the industry average of three.

15-Inch MacBook Pro

13-Inch MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pros new Thunderbolt input/output port lets users connect to HDMI-compatible devices and supports current VGA, DVI and DisplayPort adapters. It supports video and eight-channel audio, and lets users daisy-chain six devices, including their Macs display. Apple expects it to be the new industry standard.

13-Inch MacBook Pro

FaceTime for Mac

FaceTime for Mac, shown here on a MacBook Air, gets a boost on the new MacBook Pro line. New HD cameras triple the resolution of this previous generation and let users make widescreen video calls.

FaceTime for Mac

Apple MacBook Air

In October 2010, Apple updated the 2.3-pound MacBook Air with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Nvidia graphics and-inspired by its iPhone and iPad technology, solid-state disk flash storage, which is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a typical hard drive. Apple CEO Steve Jobs gushed that they were like nothing weve ever created before.

Apple MacBook Air

Intel Thunderbolt

This Thunderbolt technology logo will be used to signal a products support of Intels new PC interconnect technology.

Intel Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt Controller

Intels Thunderbolt controller, shown here next to a pencil, is the technology that enables Thunderbolt connectivity in a computer.

Thunderbolt Controller

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