Finally it happened; the refreshing of the Macbook Pro lineup.
Apple today announced the refreshed family of Macbook Pro, shipping as of now.
The 13-inchers are sticking with Core 2 Duo, but the 15.4-inch and 17-inch models are now Core i5 and Core i7 through and through. The higher end models are nabbing NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M graphics with Optimus switching, while the 13-incher get NVIDIA GeForce 320M scraps. Along with the faster 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz chips in the 13-inch, Apple claims to be able to squeeze 10 hours of battery life from the machine, but the real meat is in the Core i5 2.4GHz (520M), Core i5 2.53GHz (540M), and Core i7 2.66GHz (620M) processors in the larger models. With fast switching on the GPU on and off on the fly based on the needs of the task at hand, Apple still thinks you’ll manage 8 to 9 hours of battery life on these big guys.
All machines come with 4GB of RAM, and while hard drives are standard (320GB and 500GB in the higher end). Interestingly only the 15-incher is getting that top Core i7 chip, with the sole 17-inch model is consigned to the 2.53GHz Core i5 (though you can choose Core i7 in the build to order options). Prices range from USD1,799 on the 15 (up from the last-gen’s USD1,699 base price!) to USD2,299 on the 17 (yes, cheaper!), with a USD1,199 starting price on the 13.
Extracted from Engadget.