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Apple launches Core i5, i7 MacBook Pro with 10-hour battery

updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue April 13, 2010

Apple intros overdue i5 i7 MacBook Pro update

Apple on Tuesday released a much-anticipated update to the MacBook Pro. The new models are a major upgrade in speed and use up to a 2.66GHz Core i7 that can clock up to 3.33GHz using Turbo Boost. They also switch to new GeForce 300M graphics that, using NVIDIA's Optimus technology, can grab up to 10 hours of battery life by switching to Intel's graphics when not plugged in.

A 13-inch MacBook Pro begins at $1,199 with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics; a higher-end $1,499 model adds a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo and a 320GB hard drive.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts higher than before at $1,799 with a 2.4GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive and 256MB GeForce 330M graphics with between eight or nine hours of battery depending on which graphics core is used. The mid-range $1,999 model upgrades to a 2.53GHz Core i5 and a 500GB hard drive. A flagship $2,199 15-inch model adopts the 2.66GHz Core i7 and doubles the video RAM to 512MB. All systems have a new option for a 1680x1050 anti-glare screen instead of the usual 1440x900 glossy panel.

Only one 17-inch MacBook Pro is available, but it now drops to just $2,299 and carries a 2.53GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive with a 2.66GHz Core i7 as an option. A 1920x1200 glossy display is standard, but an anti-glare screen is optional.

All systems can hold up to 8GB of RAM with a 512GB solid-state drive as an option. The systems ship within 24 hours from the online Apple Store.


By Electronista Staff


  1. angusc

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    13" Changes

    What changed on the 13" MBPs?

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  1. beb

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    Uh, could they come down on the price like a $100 bucks or so? I can get an 18" HP for $1,200.

  1. facebook_Cesar

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    while the changes are modest and..

    you can complain there is nothing earth shattering, the most disappointing thing is the lack of an i5 chip in the 13".

    that's what i buy for all my people and for the 13", it's a very modest bump. basically, they get integrated graphics (not sure that's an upgrade) and better battery life.

  1. JeffHarris

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    13" = Faster Video, Longer Battery Life

    Solid upgrades! The i7 sounds impressive.

    The only negative is the inability to order a 15" with an anti-glare screen at the now lower 1440 x 900 resolution.

    I'd love to see video cards with 1GB VRAM, but I can live with 512MB.

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  1. IxOsX

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    13'' = WHAT? Is this a update?

    There is much better 13'' laptops alternatives on the market than the 13'' Macbook PRO. If someone did not mind to run Windows 7 or Linux instead of Mac OSX, that person will not buy a Macbook PRO 13''. Apple will lose market here.

    About 15'' just almost great, but where is the USB 3? I will not spend money on a machine without USB3. USB2 is out of date already.

  1. Useless Message Poster

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    Got my card out

    Just what I was looking for - faster processor, matte screen. Nice for the CS5 rollout also this week. I wasn't expecting the USB3 - don't need it for what I do - same with the Expresscard slot - I have one on my current (1st gen C2D) and never stuck anything in it. Nice to have the SDHD slot - I can throw away the reader I have to plug in when pulling pictures or video from my cameras.

    10 hour battery? We'll see what it really is!

  1. revco

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    10-hour battery...

    What a coincidence, same battery life as for a magic mouse.

  1. testudo

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    Too much for not enough

    $1800 for the 15" model, and they still can't figure out how to put a freakin' ExpressCard slot in there?

    Oh, right. I'm sure it's that there's no reason for ExpressCard. People with superfast eSATA devices should just chuck them all and get slower Firewire 800 or USB devices instead.

    Seriously, Apple, if you're going to be making laptops for the consumer, get the 'Pro' out of the name. There's nothing "Professional" about the 15" model.

  1. testudo

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    Re: modest changes

    that's what i buy for all my people and for the 13", it's a very modest bump. basically, they get integrated graphics (not sure that's an upgrade) and better battery life.

    That's probably why Apple didn't update them. Apple's whole strategy is usually about upselling. They hate freeloaders like you who want to get high-performance for a low price. If you really need it, you'll pay more.

  1. ggirton

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    don't need an Expresscard

    It's a good thing I don't need an expresscard slot anymore -- not since Snow Leopard took away the support for my expresscard hard disk drive controller! But hey, eSATA was too fast anyway.

    Good to see Apple has almost caught up with HP, though. Now all they have to do is add touchscreen capability and they'll have everything HP offers. Except for built-in HDTV tuner option. Not sure why anyone would want to do that but if you do -- get an HP, fool!

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