Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro with Newer Chips

San Francisco Chronicle

The MacBook Pro line got a much-needed upgrade Tuesday, with the 15- and 17-inch models getting the latest Intel Core processors.

The starting prices remain largely the same for the various models, ($1,199 for the 13-inch, $1,799 for the 15-inch, and $2,299 for the 17-inch) but you get more computing power, storage, memory, battery life and graphics muscle. This is Apple's standard practice, but the company has recently hinted at trying to narrow the price gap between it and other brands.

The 15- and 17-inch models now come with the Intel Core i5 processor, which is up to 50 percent faster than previous models.

The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro has a new 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (upgradeable to 2.66 GHz) and an Nvidia GeForce 320M integrated graphics chip. The 13-inch offers 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, Apple says.

All the new MacBook Pros come with 4 GB of memory and 250 GB of storage, which can be upgraded at an additional cost. Customers can also upgrade their MacBook Pros with 128-GB, 256-GB and 512-GB solid state drives.