Apple releases new faster and more affordable MacBook Pro models

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By: switchtoamac at: 2:04 PM on June 8, 2009 | Comments (0)

During the 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple announced the release of new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models that feature faster processors, 4GB standard RAM, better displays, and built-in batteries on the 15-inch models.

The new 15-inch models range from 2.53GHz to 2.8GHz (or 3.06GHz as a built to order system) and now include the same built-in battery technology that was first introduced in the 17-inch models earlier this year and supports up to 1,000 recharges.  Other new features on the MacBook Pro include an SD Card Slot (it replaces the ExpressCard slot on the 15-inch models but remains in the 17-inch model). The 15-inch MacBook Pro also features a new display that has a 60% color gamut increase over the prior generation models.  Apple also updated the 17-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.8GHz processor and 500GB hard drive.

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Apple has lowered prices between $200 and $300 across the MacBook Pro models. Build-to-order options on each model include a 256GB SSD drive. Here's an overview of the new models:

New 15-inch MacBook Pros


2.53 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US)

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
You can learn more about this new 15-inch MacBook Pro model here.

2.66 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US)

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 video memory;
  • 320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
You can learn more about this new 15-inch MacBook Pro model here.

2.8 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,299 (US)
  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port;
  • SD card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
You can learn more about this new 15-inch MacBook Pro model here.

New 17-inch MacBook Pro

2.8 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US)

  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
  • 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
  • 500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • three USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
You can learn more about this new 17-inch MacBook Pro model here.

Availability
The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros are now available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail locations and Apple Authorized Resellers.

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