It's official: new MacBook Pros arrive with quad-core, Thunderbolt

Summary:The new high-end MacBook Pros mark several firsts, including: the first implementation of Thunderbolt (nee Light Peak) and the first quad-core processor in a notebook.

Apple today announced new MacBook Pros which were overdue and widely anticipated.

Gallery: Apple speeds up MacBook Pros

The new high-end Apple notebooks mark several firsts for the company, including: the first implementation of Thunderbolt (nee Light Peak) high-speed I/O technology (also announced today by Intel) and the first quad-core processor in an Apple notebook. The new MBPs use Intel's Sandy Bridge processor and also come with a new AMD Radeon GPU.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations:

  • 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 320GB HD starting at $1,199
  • 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 500GB HD starting at $1,499

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations:

  • 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M, 500GB HD starting at $1,799
  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 750GB HD starting at $2,199

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features:

  • 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 750GB hard drive is $2,499

The new MacBook Pros don't appear to have any of the design queues from the MacBook as had been rumored. In fact, they look almost exactly like the current MacBook Pros, which is a bit of a bummer. But whatever.

What's your take on the new MBPs? You buying?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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