Apple announced a major update to their MacBook Pro line at today’s WWDC 2012 opening keynote.
Featuring an nVidia GeForce 650M with the Kepler architecture and up to 1 GB of video memory, graphics performance improves over 60%. Connection possibilities include two USB 3.0 slots, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, a Thunderbolt port, audio line in/out (separated in the 15” model), SDXC card slot, and a 8x SuperDrive (they cancelled the Superdrive for the NextGen MacBook Pro with Retina display). In terms of wireless connectivity, Apple update the MacBook Pros to Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n as the remaining Wi-Fi standard.
The 13” starting model features a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive, starting at $1199. The second, bigger version comes with a 2.9GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 750GB hard drive starting at $1499.
The 15” starting model comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7. 4GB of memory, Intel HD4000 graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT650M, and 500GB hard drive, starting at $1799. The upgraded 15” Macbook Pro features a 2.6GHz quad-core i7, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD4000 graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT650M, and a 750GB hard drive starting at $2199.
Other extra configurations include faster i7 processors up to 2.7GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 1TB, up to 8GB RAM, and SSDs up to 512GB. The 15” models can also get glare or antiglare displays with 1680-by-1050 resolution.
All these MacBook Pro models start shipping today. There is no 17” model. MacBook Pros, shipping today, come with Lion, and new customers will be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion for free. Below you can investigate the price and main hardware changes in comparison to the old MacBook Pro line (with the 17” model included). Past the break, we’ve also included the full press release.
Apple Updates MacBook Air and Current Generation MacBook Pro with Latest Processors and New Graphics
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today updated MacBook Air® with the latest Intel Core processors, faster graphics and flash storage that is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.* MacBook Air is the ultimate everyday notebook, and with new lower prices it is more affordable than ever. The current generation 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook® Pro have also been updated with the latest Intel Core processors and powerful discrete graphics from NVIDIA. Apple’s popular AirPort Express® has been redesigned to include features previously available only in AirPort Extreme®.
“Today we’ve updated the entire MacBook line with faster processors, graphics, memory, flash storage and USB 3 connectivity,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We’ve made the world’s best portable family even better and we think users are going to love the performance advances in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.”
Available in 11-inch and 13-inch designs, the new MacBook Air features the latest Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors and is perfect for browsing the web, making movies and managing photos. The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 is up to 60 percent faster and gives the MacBook Air plenty of power to tackle games and videos.** MacBook Air features flash storage up to four times faster than traditional hard drives for instant-on performance and fast access to your apps and data. Now with 4GB of faster memory, configurable up to 8GB, you can run memory-intensive apps with ease. MacBook Air also features a new FaceTime® HD camera that delivers high-definition 720p.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i5 or Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz. The 15-inch MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M discrete graphics. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with a 1TB hard drive or SSDs up to 512GB that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation.
MacBook Air and MacBook Pro both feature a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports to easily connect to external displays and a wide variety of high performance peripherals. The 13-inch MacBook Air, and 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro deliver up to 7 hours of wireless battery life, and the 11-inch MacBook Air delivers up to 5 hours. Mac® notebook batteries use advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to provide up to 1,000 recharges.***
The MacBook Air and MacBook Pro ship with OS X® Lion. Starting today, customers who purchase a Mac are eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available. Mountain Lion introduces innovative features including the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, AirPlay® Mirroring, Game Center and the enhanced security of Gatekeeper. With iCloud® built into the foundation of OS X, Mountain Lion makes it easier than ever to keep your content up to date across all your devices.
Priced at just $99, the new AirPort Express features a completely redesigned compact enclosure and new wireless and connectivity capabilities. Simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi allows users to easily create a network that delivers optimal performance and range. The AirPort Express also features an audio-out port to connect external powered speakers or an A/V receiver and use AirPlay to wirelessly stream from iTunes® on your Mac or iOS device. A USB 2.0 port allows you to share a printer wirelessly over your network, and an additional ethernet port lets you connect to other computers and network devices. Setup is built right into OS X and iOS and can be done in just a few simple steps, and with AirPort Utility 6.0 for OS X Lion and iOS you can access a visual map of your network for viewing and reconfiguring devices.
Pricing & Availability
The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 64GB of flash storage starting at $999 (US), and 128GB of flash storage starting at $1,099 (US). The 13-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.8 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and is available with 128GB of flash storage starting at $1199 (US), and 256GB of flash storage starting at $1,499 (US). Configure-to-order options include a 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 onboard memory and up to 512GB flash storage.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,199 (US), and with a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory and 750GB hard drive starting at $1,499 (US). The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 (US); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 1TB, up to 8GB of memory and solid state storage up to 512GB.
Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/macbookair orapple.com/macbook-pro. The updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
*Testing conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Air configurations. For more information visitapple.com/macbookair/features.html.
**Testing conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Air configurations. For more information visitapple.com/macbookair/features.html.
***The Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in June 2012 using preproduction MacBook Pro and MacBook Air configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit apple.com/macbook-pro/features/.
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