Apple announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

Apple announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

Summary: Apple today announced Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros.

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MacBook Pro with Core 2 Duo

Apple today announced Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros. 

All MacBook Pro models now offer double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a FireWire 800 port.

Every MacBook Pro features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of shared L2 cache, which is up to 39 percent faster than the previous 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro and more than seven times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 running industry standard benchmarks.

Probably one of the biggest surprises are the new build-to-order options of a 200GB (4200 RPM) or a 160GB (5400 RPM) hard drive and up to 3GB SDRAM.

As expected Apple is leaving the original Intel Core Duo processor in the consumer MacBook which will help to differentiate the Pro model.

Specs are as follows: 

The 2.16 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro - US$1,999:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 6x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support
  • PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;

The 2.33 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro - US$2,499:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2Duo processor;
  • 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;

The 2.33 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro - US$2,799 (US):

  • 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
  • 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
  • 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
  • PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
  • three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;

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  • NICE!

    Pagan jim
    Laff
  • Glad I waited....

    I'm really so very glad I waited... Just wondering when these revised specs will make it to the UK and how much it will be for the 17-inch model!
    Ben_E
    • It's there now

      The 17" is ₤1,899 (incl. VAT). Cheers!
      crash89
  • This is my "Vista" path forward

    I've read enouh about Vista and its daconian license policies and kill switch.

    This will be my next "PC" upgrade. It will run the "Parallels" VM for W2K and or maybe XP to provide for those stupid engineering and technical apps that only run in Windows.

    Thanks Bill. It was nice for a while, tolerable for a little while longer and now it's time to move on. I would say it's nothing personal, but it is really very personal. I will not be subject to yopur empire.

    Bye now.
    msolgeek
    • Yes, it can run Vista.

      ;-)
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • No it can't run Vista

        If I own it. I won't be buying or trying Vista at all. Thanks anyway.
        msolgeek
        • yes.. it can

          It will run vista fine, lots of people loaded the btas up on them, there is no reason the GM won't.
          Stuka
          • RTFP

            I said it won't run Vista if I own it. I don't care what will or will not run Vista. I won't be using it. Thanks again for being an id10t.
            msolgeek
          • msolgeek is absolutely right

            If Mac OS can handle your day-to-day needs and you only need a Windows environment for legacy apps, why buy a new Silverado when all you really need is a second-hand pickup?

            W2K and an old version of office is all I need.
            Rumpled_Foreskin
    • Welcome

      Welcome aboard. Expect a marked improvement in quality of life.
      Harry Bardal
      • Premature congratulations!

        Saying it and doing it are two different things. The price tag on these systems is a significant deterrent to adoption.
        ShadeTree
        • That price is nothing compared

          to the time, money and resources that I have spent on the Microsft alternative. $2500 is less than my LAST Dell purchase which was a 200MHz Pentium box without a monitor.

          My first computer costs over $4500. It was a Compaq Portable Plus. In the last 20 years, I have spent more money than I can even account for on PCs and yes Windows and Office.

          If you think $2500 is a lot to spend on a computer, then I would hate to see what crap you use everyday.
          msolgeek
    • One serious limitation

      3 GB RAM. This is a serious limitation for a late 2006 PC. Toshiba's high end PC's are certainly as good if not better in quality and offer an extra full GB of RAM. Also the toshibas come with 2 large HDs as should be the case with a modern PC.
      I've seen the tru-brite display against a Mac and the toshiba wins hands down.
      So unless you want to be constrained by both RAM and software that you can run natively, go with a Toshiba or similar that offers the 4GB RAM capability. There is no OS nor users that can't use more RAM. Especially when you are running Apple software which is notorious for memory hogging. I'm not sure why MS gets the rap on that one, Apple software is the most resource intensive I've ever used anyway. I've owned both machines at different times as well. The Mac has noticably lost it's edge in all around quality. You can tell they have trimmed the budget on production which is a bummer. :(
      These are very enticing machines. VERY! But for the money, go with Toshiba or Fijitsu. Every bit the quality nowadays and more capable and even feature rich. Check out the Qosimo..although a bit pricier, you will not get a better laptop IMHO.
      April May
      • Limited range of OS options with your Toshiba.

        I prefer the whole two computers in one concept myself.

        Pagan jim
        Laff
        • Good point Laff

          I can see how, if your laptop came from the factory with only OSX installed, the option of installing Windows (the #1 OS in terms of marketshare) would be high on your list of requirements. Of course since Apple is the only company that does this, you are arguing that the Intel Macs are better than the PPC Macs (I feel your pain tic!!!).

          However, if your laptop comes from the factory with Windows already installed (like with the Toshiba), the inability to install an OS with 4% marketshare really isn't a big deal for 99.9% of Windows users. OSX users want to install Windows because of those rare "Windows only apps" that they absolutely must use. Since there aren't any "OSX only apps" that Windows users absolutely must use, it simply isn't a problem for us!

          Quite frankly, the ability to install a 3rd OS is only something that Apple customers require. It is a non-feature for 96% of the world. :)
          NonZealot
          • Just thought of a great analogy

            Is it a "feature" of Windows that it has so many anti-malware packages available for it while Linux and OSX have almost none? If OSX users have no need for anti-malware applications, the fact that Windows has so many can hardly be considered a "feature" for anyone other than a Windows user. A "feature" that is only a "feature" due to inadequacies of the underlying system can't be used as a selling point to people who don't use that underlying system. Mac users must be given the option of installing Windows because OSX has inadequate marketshare. This is a problem that Toshiba customers simply don't have so any feature that remedies that problem is not a feature for Toshiba users.
            NonZealot
        • Next question.

          What is keeping me from loading Linux and Mac OS on the toshiba? I've figured out how to load the Mac OS on a Dell laptop so don't tell me I can't do it on the toshiba? The extra physical hard drive makes this even easier.
          Next question?
          April May
          • Ethics?

            [i]What is keeping me from loading Linux and Mac OS on the toshiba?[/i]

            You are in violation of Apple's onerous licensing terms. While one could argue that it is okay to be unethical with a company as unethical as Apple, I like to think of myself as better than the scum of the earth. Don't you?
            NonZealot
          • Of course I agree

            It was a science project on a summer intern's Dell. It was destroyed.
            I have no use for the Apple OS.
            I'd just like to see a bit more objectivity here. If i read most any post in which someone was comparing another OS to MS, I'd swear they were still using win95 as the MS side of the analysis.
            April May
          • And how many people are capable of this feat of your?

            Saying that I believe you and that there was no "issues" that OSX
            ran without any problems what so ever then great for you but
            again how many can and or will do this thing?

            Oh and not saying anything against windows mind you. Not
            comparing OSX to Win95 and claiming that is the situation
            today. I only use Windows when needed which luckily enough is
            growing rare indeed but still it is needed on occasion while I use
            OSX for the majority of my work. I find it quite nice to use
            Windows but still be able via OSX to go on-line and not worry
            about malware.

            Pagan jim
            Laff