Apple updates MacBook Pro line with lots of speedy goodness

As if you didn’t already know, today Apple announced their new 2011 lineup of MacBook Pros which feature all new faster processors, new FaceTime HD cameras and most importantly, integration of Intel’s Light Peak technology now called Thunderbolt. Looks wise, these machines are pretty much the same as the previous MacBook Pros except for the inclusion of the new Thunderbolt I/O port on the side.

Thunderbolt is a major upgrade to the MacBook Pros promising 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, which is one hell of a jump from the current technology in use today! Here’s the official description from Apple’s website:

“With 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, Thunderbolt I/O technology lets you move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800.”

But let’s dig a little deeper into the different configurations:

MacBook Pro 13-inch

Option 1

  • 2.3GHz Dual-Core i5 Intel Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 320GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000

Option 2

  • 2.7GHz Dual-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000

MacBook Pro 15-inch

Option 1

  • 2.0GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 500GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 RAM

Option 2

  • 2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 750GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 RAM

MacBook Pro 17-inch

  • 2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 Intel Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM
  • 750GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5

There had been rumours that Apple would get rid of their lower end white plastic MacBook, but as of this moment it’s still kicking around so we’ll have to wait and see the fate of our plastic friend.

So, will you be rushing out to get these latest offerings from Apple? Or could it possibly be better to wait? If the latest rumours are to be believed, next year could be the real year that the MacBook Pros get more than just an internal upgrade.

Source: Apple, Engadget and TheAppleBlog

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