News: Apple Releases New MacBook Pros

Posted on April 13, 2010

Thought the iPad’s 10 hour battery life was impressive? Apparently Apple did, too, as the new MacBook Pros have batteries that rival it, among other updates. All three sizes received significant updates, with faster processors, more storage, more memory, and better graphics systems.

From the press release:

“Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery. The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature 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.”

One notable option is that on the 15″ model, you can get a 1680×1050 screen for $100 more (glossy) or $150 more (matte), as an upgrade from the normal 1440×900 screen. Configurations are as follows (the 13″ models use an NVIDIA GeForce 320M, while the 15″ and 17″ models use Intel HD Graphics and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M:

  • $1199: 13″, 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 250 GB drive
  • $1499: 13″, 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB drive
  • $1799: 15″, 2.4 GHz Core i5, GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB drive
  • $1999: 15″, 2.53 GHz Core i5, GeForce GT 330M with 256MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB drive
  • $2199: 15″, 2.66 GHz Core i7, GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB drive
  • $2299: 17″, 2.53 GHz Core i5, GeForce GT 330M with 512MB, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB drive
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