Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro Notebooks
Apple has released three upgraded models in its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers. The new models get processor speed boosts across the entire base line. The three new models are available with either 15- or 17-inch screens and now come stock with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4 GB.
The 15-inch models now include 2.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The entry-level model sports a 120 GB, 5,400 RPM Serial ATA drive and an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 128 MB GDDR3 memory. The 2.4 GHz model includes a 160 GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 RPM and an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 256 MB GDDR3 memory. The 15-inch models now come with mercury-free LCD displays offering a resolution of 1,440 x 900 (widescreen).
The 17-inch model also includes a GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB GDDR3 memory and a 160 GB SATA drive. The base 17-inch model offers a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050. It can be upgraded to 1,920 x 1,200 as a build to order option.
Al of the new models include:
- Built-in gigabit Ethernet;
- Built-in 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking;
- Serial ATA hard drives;
- A slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
- DVI out port (support for dual-link);
- FireWire 400 and 800 connectivity;
- Two USB 2.0 ports;
- Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
- Built-in camera and mic;
- Optical and analog (line) audio I/O; and
- Scrolling trackpad and illuminated keyboard.
Education pricing shaves $200 off the base retail price for all the MacBook Pro models. They're available for $1,799 (2.2 GHz 15-inch model), $2,299 (2.4 GHz 15-inch model), and $2,599 (2.4 GHz 17-inch base model) through the education discount program.
Apple has also launched a back to school promotion in which those ordering a Mac and an iPod nano receive the iPod for free via a $199 mail-in rebate. The offer runs through Sept. 16.
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