Apple Unveils the latest Macbook Pro – Faster, Thunderbolt and HD FaceTime

Apple unveiled upgrades to the Macbook Pro 13, 15 and 17 inch models to a better hardware. They now have better dual and quad core processors and a thunderbolt port.

Macbook-pro-lined-up

 

 

Hardware Upgrades were

  • Processor
    The 13″ inch have been upgraded to Core i5 Dual Core processor and
    15 and 17 inchers have been upgraded to Core i7 Quad Core processors with the new Intel’s Sandy Bridge.
  • Graphics
    Intel HD Graphics 3000/ AMD Radeon HD – For 3x graphics compared to the old MBP.
  • High Speed Thunderbolt ports
    The first laptops to have Intel’s LightPeak high speed data port which supports speeds upto 10Gbps
  • HD Camera
    For the HD FaceTime goodness. For those with just a MacBook you can download the FaceTime application from the AppStore for 99 cents.

Macbook-Pro-Side-ports

Available in the configuration

  • 13.3-inch display, 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,199
  • 13.3-inch display, 2.7GHz dual-core Core i5, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,499
  • 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6490M  — $1,799
  • 15.4-inch display (1440×900), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6750M — $2,199
  • 17-inch display (1920×1200), 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 750GB HD, dual graphics processors with automatic switching (Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M) — $2,499

One thing that made me happy was that, for the first time Apple’s India website also showed the MacBook Pro models. The downside to this was that iStore Hyderabad guys were clueless about the upgrade (forget telling me the India prices – they’re not updated on Indian website yet).

Update 1st March 2011
MacBook Pro prices in India are out. They’re higher priced when compared to the US (the usual story). Price comparisons (converted to Indian Rupees) for the MBP models in different countries are below.

Model India Singapore USA
13-inch: 2.3 GHz INR 69,900 INR 58,520 INR 54,087
13-inch: 2.7 GHz INR 84,900 INR 72,722 INR 67,620
15-inch: 2.0 GHz INR 1,04,900 INR 88,346 INR 81,154
15-inch: 2.2 GHz INR 1,24,900 INR 106,100 INR 99,197
17-inch: 2.2 GHz INR 1,42,900 INR 120,658 INR 112,730

*All rates converted as per 1 SG$ = 35.5 INR and 1 USD = 45.11 INR

[Via BGR & Apple]

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  1. Chirag says:

    Facetime ain’t free! I always thought it was.

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