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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The Gadget Show Live 2010!

I know this was a while ago now but I thought I’d give you a roundup of all the gadget goings on at this years Gadget Show Live 2010! It was an awesome day with enough tech to keep your gadget juices flowing all day! It was held at the NEC in Birmingham which was the perfect venue with 3 massive halls packed to the brim with the latest TVs, cameras, computers and even cars. They also had a mini Gadget Show Studio where the presenters filmed various pieces and signed autographs for the masses! Sadly I didn’t get an autograph as the queue for them was ridiculously long and my patience isn’t quite that good. Now if it was Steve Jobs signing autographs it may have been a different story…

3D was huge at The Gadget Show Live, and when I say huge I mean it was EVERYWHERE! The 3D market is growing at a rapid rate, branching out to all areas of the tech world with most companies trying to incorporate some form of 3D into their products. I saw 3D gaming laptops, 3D games for consoles such as the PS3 and the Xbox, 3D TVs, 3D films and even 3D photographs! Yes, those were pretty awesome but also a bit pointless at the same time. 3D gaming is going to be a huge market although I’m not overly convinced on a) the current quality of 3D games, and b) the need for it. Games are fine how they are at the moment, and the 3D technology which is around now, is still gimmicky and hurts my eyes within about 5 minutes. It’s unnecessary as I don’t think it adds much to the games but it had a huge audience at the live show and people seem to love it so maybe that’s just my opinion. The only 3D games I did like however were the 3D racing games which seemed pretty cool and they had the most attention. They were the most realistic and non gimmicky 3D games and the graphics were very smooth so I think these are going to be winners.

Furby! Who remembers these?

Retro Macs!

A really cool area of the show was The Gadget Show Hall Of Fame which contained all of techs greatest players such as old Macs, Gameboys, the Atari, the Binatone, old TV’s, a Sega Megadrive and even Apple’s first ever tablet, The Newton! It was basically loads of old tech which you could interact with and reminisce over the good old days where you used to stay up all night to get to the final level because you couldn’t save back in the day (boy I DON’T miss those days!) I love anything old (cars, music, tech, you name it!) so this was heaven for me :)

Hey! I bumped into the TomTom hand! What a dude!

A giant Flip Mino HD!

OH MY GOSH! AN iPAD!

As you can see from those envious eyes behind me in the picture above, I TOUCHED AN iPAD! HELLS to the YES! The T3 stand got one in from America and quietly had it just sitting there on the table. There were no long queues to see it, only a few chosen nerds who were huddled around the holy device mesmerized by it’s iPaddyness (yes I know that’s not a word!) I only had a few minutes to play with it so I unfortunately couldn’t film any reviews nor could I use half of the apps because the device doesn’t actually work in England yet. The official release date for the iPad in the UK is “late May” according to Apple’s official website, therefore Maps didn’t work along with some internet websites so generally it was just a mini preview for me. I could at least get a feel for the UI which was as smooth as butter like they always are with Apple. The touchscreen was very intuitive and photos looked glorious on that beautiful high resolution screen. Man I wish I could afford one of these babies.

The one hour Super Theatre Show with the presenters was great! It was a very interactive show with the chance to win some seriously cool prizes such as a laptop with Windows 7, a HD camcorder and a Xbox! The presenters performed live competitions against each other with lots of audience participation, and during one particular battle between Suzi and Jason there was a serious technical hitch! They were having a jetpack race over the audience and Suzi’s jetpack got stuck, which left her hanging there getting slightly worried! She was even shouting, “Cut the music, this isn’t part of the script!” so that was extra funny!

Overall the show was AWESOME and me and Dave will definitely be booking our tickets for next year! I did some recording aswell of the general atmosphere of the day so I’ll get that edited down and hit it up soon!

Enjoy your Wednesday gadget fiends :D

Carrie Bradshaw, you are a Mac not a PC!

Rumour has it that Carrie Bradshaw will no longer be using her trusted MacBook Pro in the upcoming Sex and the City 2! The style icon will instead be using a Hewlett-Packard! (What?!)
To all those loyal sex and the city fans (myself included!) we know that, as a fashion icon (and a huge technophobe!) Carrie has always loved the look of an Apple laptop plus the fact that they’re super easy to use! However in the upcoming Sex and the City 2 it appears HP have scored an elaborate product placement deal and this could threaten the existence of Carrie’s beloved MacBook Pro!

All throughout the series and the first film Carrie has been a loyal Mac user, apart from in the very first pilot episode where she used some insignificant hunk of junk PC. Why are the movie producers and writers selling out and changing her characters persona when they know she’s a technophobe who doesn’t like change? Remember when her Mac froze and she lost all of her data because she hadn’t been backing up? Aiden bought her a brand new Apple laptop (a much faster and prettier one I may add) yet she insisted on sticking with what she knew. There is no way Carrie would change to a Windows! She wouldn’t even know how to use the OS and would constantly be downloading unnecessary anti-virus software programs and installing numerous toolbars. Plus there’s something about Macs that suit her personality and image. She’s Carrie Bradshaw and she needs her Mac!

Let’s hope they decide to stay true to her character!