Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

Summary: Apple updated its MacBook Pro line with next-gen processors, graphics and I/O technology dubbed Thunderbolt. For good measure, Apple also released the developer preview of Mac OS X Lion.

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Apple on Thursday updated its MacBook Pro line with next-gen processors, graphics and Intel's I/O technology dubbed Thunderbolt. For good measure, Apple also released the developer preview of Mac OS X Lion.

Gallery: Apple speeds up MacBook Pros

The MacBook Pro family includes the next generation of Intel's dual and quad Core processors. Apple is also adding Thunderbolt, Intel's input/output technology that supports 10 gigabits per second.

Thunderbolt is collaboration with Intel and Apple. It features two channels with transfer speeds at 10 Gbps and can attach RAID storage arrays. Thunderbolt can handle display and data on one cable. As for speed, Thunderbolt can transfer an HD movie in 30 seconds.

Other details:

  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199 and features Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz. The version with 320GB of storage starts at $1,199 and the one with 500GB starts at $1,499.
  • The 15-inch MacBook Pro has two models, an Core i7 version with a 500GB drive that starts at $1,799 and one with a 750GB drive at $2,199.
  • A 17-inch MacBook Pro is priced at $2,499.
  • The MacBook Pro features a built-in FaceTime HD camera for video calls.
  • 7-hour battery life for the MacBook Pro.

The developer preview of Mac OS X Lion is also a notable development. Lion aims to have better integration with the App Store and include features from the iPad.

Key features of OS X Lion include:

  • Mission Control, a feature that includes Expose, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps to provide a view of every app and window on the Mac.
  • Launchpad, displays all Mac apps on one screen.
  • New multi-touch features adopted from the iPad.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Software

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  • Thunderbolt/LightPeak is "developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple"

    It is for these "smartass" people who said otherwise.

    It is the same story as it was with boxless CPU Intel made for Apple's Macbook Air back 2008. These CPUs, of course, were not exclusively done for Apple -- sold to everyone, but the idea, promotion and technical support was by Apple.

    With LP it is about the same story. Apple got it first exactly because it pushed it within Intel -- otherwise Intel would settle with just USB 3.0, which is not that bad, but not good enough for Apple.
    DDERSSS
    • Apple invented mini Display Port that became physical port for Thunderbolt

      @denisrs
      DDERSSS
    • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

      @denisrs I agree that Lightpeak will be a good thing BUT I can buy a HP ENVY 17.3" Intel Core i7-740QM Laptop with 6G of Ram, 1TB HDD, Blueray and USB 3 for $1549 CDN. Kinda makes that MacBook Pro a tad expensive.
      bvonr@...
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @bvonr@... <br><br>The Envy comes with a 640 GB HD for $1599, you can upgrade many parts but that will be extra of course. In addition, with the Envy you're getting a plastic bodied 1.5" thick laptop that weighs 7.5lbs. With the 17" MacBook Pro is constructed out of aluminum, you're getting a .98" thick computer that weighs 6.6 lbs nearly a full pound lighter. There's no comparison, HP laptops feel plasticy and cheap, the MacBook Pros feel solid and expensive. Simply comparing the specs is like comparing a Chevy to a BMW and saying I can get 6 cylinder with AC and a Nav system for $25K instead of paying $35K... go ahead.
        Masari.Jones
  • Very Clear...

    Apple makes not only product Announcements, but 'A Statement' with it's products. People get a clear understanding of where things are going and how much easier (and better) the whole interaction will be.

    Microsoft on the other hand has to order a whole new fleet of copiers to replace the ones they just burned out. As they are not able to keep up with Apples development and product release. Not to mention, Bing was exposed for shadowing Google's search results, they can't even do a 'search engine' right. Sad...embarrassing... They have never been able to innovate and that is what today's consumers want, the rubber has hit the road and Microsoft has four flat tires.
    james347
    • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

      @james347 Just to reiterate, Microsoft is a SOFTWARE company (largest in the world for a reason), while Apple is both SOFTWARE and HARDWARE one. Hence good interaction as you put it.
      statuskwo5
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @statuskwo5 Nicely done...he was an abused child.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • So right you are

      @james347 ... It's taken 30 years, but in the age old conflict between Apple and Microsoft, it's finally being proven that Apple was right all along, as was I for believing in them.

      AAPL for life.
      HollywoodDog
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @HollywoodDog zero
        apetti
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @HollywoodDog

        [i]"AAPL for life."[/i]

        That's their goal. Make it so all you can have is Apple. That and make their customers feel they need to buy iDevice version "x" every year when the new one comes out with slightly better features or features that should have been in the previous one. Heck I know people that got an iPad for Christmas and are looking to get an iPad 2 already. Heck an Apple fanbiy friend of mine actually made fun of me because A.) I skipped iPhone v.1 and waited for version 2 (3G) and then B.) I skipped the 3GS and got an iPhone 4 and gave my 3G to my wife. He, on the otherhand got a new one every year and even paid extra to upgrade early. Apple loves people like that. Mo Money Mo Money!! That is all Apple cares about it seems.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @bobiroc: Yes, and that only works because people really are incredibly happy with Apple products as a rule. They will jump to get the next thing right away because they loved what they used last. No problem with that. Those people are just free-er with their money than you are. Not Apple's fault.
        NBrazil
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @HollywoodDog Ahhh the land of Fruits and Nuts...
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • Re: Incredibly happy with Apple

        @NBrazil

        [i]"Yes, and that only works because people really are incredibly happy with Apple products as a rule. They will jump to get the next thing right away because they loved what they used last. No problem with that. Those people are just free-er with their money than you are. Not Apple's fault."[/i]

        While that may be partially true it is not always true. If I had a nickle for every time I heard someone say the reason they are getting the new apple iDevice is because of a feature that wasn't in the previous one I would have lots of nickles. Take the iPhone for example. When the iPhone came out 3G was already well established and available on most phones especially ones considered "smart phones" and yet there was no 3G on the iPhone. Magically a year later a 3G one comes out and people rushed to upgrade knowing that they wanted 3G like their other friends/family had for a couple years before them. Same with the iPad. Many will rush out and get it just because of the camera which there was no excuse why a camera couldn't have been included with the first one since it is basically just a big iPhone/iPod touch and both of them had cameras in it. The iPhone 4 came out a few months later with dual cameras so what was the excuse with the iPad. Those are just a couple examples.

        So while people may be happy with their Apple products many feel compelled to get it based on the Apple logo and the "status" that some feel it gives them and they want to get the next one because they want the new features despite competing products having them before Apple did.

        Look at these MacBooks just now getting quad-core. How long has quad-core been available in the mobile segment? A couple years now? Longer in the desktop segment.
        bobiroc
      • Wrong again, Mr Troll

        @HollywoodDog, Yes, I've come to realize how you are nothing but a troll.

        You're just one of those people with 20/20 hindsight, trying to better your perception of yourself on someone else's coat tails.
        Do you really think anyone here believes it, or you?
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @HollywoodDog Right about what? Ultimately they got x86 hardware, ultimately they gave up cooperative multitasking and got preemptive multitasking (NT had it since 1994!), gave up proprietary network protocols (apple talk), gave up the Apple communications bus, gave up the innane scsi attached peripherals... What exactly were they right about? I think this is a case of Apple realizing that the rest of the world was right and ultimately finding success.
        snoop0x7b
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        "@HollywoodDog Right about what? Ultimately they got x86 hardware, ultimately they gave up cooperative multitasking and got preemptive multitasking (NT had it since 1994!), gave up proprietary network protocols (apple talk), gave up the Apple communications bus, gave up the innane scsi attached peripherals... What exactly were they right about? I think this is a case of Apple realizing that the rest of the world was right and ultimately finding success."

        Do you actually believe your own arguments or to you simply make them to try to stir others up? x86 hardware? Well yes Apple did switch but not until dev on the PPC all but dried up. Prior to that cycle for cycle 680X0 spanked x86 and later Power did the same with Pentium. Had IBM not not pretty much buried the chip they may well still be on that architecture.

        NT had preemptive Multitasking in 94? Actually it was 93, and I don't know about you, but I wouldn't call NT a mainstream Desktop OS Especially at NT 3.1 of course in 94 it would have been 3.5 Maybe by 96 when it hit 4.0 but still it's a stretch to say a mainstream desktop OS. Let's just look at multitasking in general. Windows 2.1 in 1988 first version of windows (in the 386 option) to support multitasking of DOS applications. 1987 Apple releases Mac OS 5 with support for multi tasking.

        Proprietary networking? Yes you could easily netowrk macs as early as 1986 and TCP/IP support was added natively in early 1988. Can we agree that Windows 95 was the first consumer version of windows to allow for and I'll say this somewhat tongue in cheek, easy networking? Of course the initial release of 95 did not include TCP/IP in it's standard install and required the Plus pack for support. Nope no innovation there.

        Apple communications bus? Are you talking about the Apple Desktop bus? This was indeed something created by Apple, Steve Wozniak to be exact. It was a method to easily connect low speed serial devices to a computer and was also used by the likes of Sun and HP. And you hung peripherals off your pc at the time (1986) how? Serial or Parallel and most often this required an add in card.

        Inane SCSI attached peripherals? Come on are you really this out of it? Apple was the first consumer company to provide SCSI, it was an interface that was leaps and bounds ahead of it's competition at the time for speed and expandability. SCSI is still in use today not for commodity systems but on the high end.

        What exactly have the got right you ask? Well seems most all of what you cite as examples of what they got wrong. 1.4MB floppies, ditching floppies, usb, firewire, true plug and play the list could go on.

        While Apple may not have developed all of these technologies the often lead the way with them and made them just work. I think you might just find if you eliminate your bias, and do some homework that you might just find, that Apple has been right about quite a few things in the course of their history, and to be fair wrong on more than just a couple.
        tony@...
    • Re: Very Clear

      @james347

      What does your idiotic claim of Microsoft having to order a bunch of new copiers made by someone else have to do with keeping up with Apple? I guess I will just chalk that one up as a poor Fanboy attempt at interjecting Microsoft into an Apple blog.

      You are right that the Apple ecosystem of their branded hardware and their branded OS plays nicely together most of the time. That is until the day you need to use a piece of hardware or software that Apple does not allow into their system or the 3rd party wishes not to support the Apple systems. Which is why I find many people choose to install Windows on their Mac and some make it their primary OS.

      Apple makes a quality product most of the time and I am not going to deny that but the statement you claim comes with limitations. You can only choose from Apple and what apple chooses to offer and you have to pay Apple prices.

      That being said I am seriously contemplating requesting a MacbookPro to replace my current laptops. As it stands now I have a 17" Dell Inspiron and a 13" Macbook that are both 5 years old. I had the Dell first but found that I needed access to MacOS because I support that at the school district I work for. I use the Macbook most of the time but it lacks the video power I need for some applications and few other features that came standard on the dell. Also a 13" screen is a bit small. I am thinking of compromising to a 15" MacbookPro where I can get MacOS and Install Windows as my primary OS.

      Now only if Apple would allow the use of MacOS in a VM or even natively installed on a non-Apple then I wouldn't need them, but unfortunately if you need or want MacOS your ONLY choice is Apple branded hardware.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @bobiroc <br>Oh the cross you bear. You actually have to weigh costs and benefits and commit to a choice. Apple won't give you exactly what you want because it thinks it will hurt its bottom line. Those dirty son...<br><br>Wait, request the MBP? It's not coming out of your pocket? So today's comment engagement is all about the tight-wire you will have to walk with your bean-counters? Or some vague discontent with the world and the palpable injustice you endure because you have to use OS X to get paid, in the same way I have to use Windows to get paid.<br><br>Well. Thanks for sharing.
        DannyO_0x98
      • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro line, releases preview of latest OS X

        @DannyO_0x98

        [i]Oh the cross you bear. You actually have to weigh costs and benefits and commit to a choice. Apple won't give you exactly what you want because it thinks it will hurt its bottom line. Those dirty son...[/i]

        Actually yes I do have to weigh the costs. Since Apple offers little to no discount on their products even for bulk orders or education I can get a similarly featured/powered Laptop from another brand for hundreds less. Well without Lightpeak/Thunderbolt of course. All this because we educate our kids in both major OSes we have to buy only 1 brand of computer and spend a lot of money doing so. The cheapest iMac is $1199 with a 1 yr warranty and Apple offers a whole $50 off purchased in bulk or education. Where as we can get another computer of similar power and features for $700 with a 5 year warranty and we can throw Windows or any other OS compatible with the hardware on there no problem except MacOS.

        So yeah I think that is pretty dirty. Apple used to be really good to education but now they are all in it for the money and it does not matter who they take down in the process even if it means impacting education which is financially strapped as it is.

        [i]Wait, request the MBP? It's not coming out of your pocket? So today's comment engagement is all about the tight-wire you will have to walk with your bean-counters? Or some vague discontent with the world and the palpable injustice you endure because you have to use OS X to get paid, in the same way I have to use Windows to get paid.[/i]

        Yes you are right, this would not be coming out of my pocket as it would be used 99% for work and work only. I have a nice newer personal laptop that my wife and I share and a powerful desktop that I built myself. So I do think that Apple is restrictive on choice and inflexible on their options. I understand that for 90% of the people it does not matter but there are some, especially in the IT field and in education/enterprise, that could use a little flexibility. Could it impact their bottom line? Possibly but it would make people more open to choosing them if they weren't such tight asses. I mean nothing is stopping MacOS from running in a VM or on another brand of computer running a compatible processor and hardware by simple making a hackintosh. Of course I want to be legal and legit so that brings me back to Apple and their limited choices and options and lack of flexibility.
        bobiroc
      • Would you care to clarify some of your statements?

        @bobiroc:
        <b><i>* "What does your idiotic claim of Microsoft having to order a bunch of new copiers made by someone else have to do with keeping up with Apple?"</i></b>
        His 'idiotic claim' as it were was a direct play off of Apple's own banners at the MacWorld conference some years back, which in turn directly relates to the fact that Nothing Microsoft has done in their OS has been the first of its type. Even now, Win7 has been made to look and feel as much like OS X as they can make it without stepping on certain copyright toes -- and failed in truly making it useable by the average non-tech-savvy consumer.
        <b><i>* "You are right that the Apple ecosystem of their branded hardware and their branded OS plays nicely together most of the time."</b></i>
        Your limitations, however, are not the norm, but the exception. Yes, even I have Win7 on my 4-year-old iMac, but only to play certain Windows-only games. Interestingly enough, I use a supposed Windows-only gaming mouse and gaming keypad for both Windows and OS X without issue. There is very little Windows-specific hardware out there that doesn't have an OS X-compatible competitor on the market.
        <B><i>* "You can only choose from Apple and what apple chooses to offer and you have to pay Apple prices."</i></b>
        Well, if you're talking about Apple hardware, then you're right; however, when you consider hardware specifications above and beyond speed and capacity, you'll find that true Apple-quality PCs don't cost any less off the shelf. That doesn't mean you can't build one for less, but to buy one pre-built costs just as much when taking everything--including the capabilities of the OS--into account.
        <b><i>* "Now only if Apple would allow the use of MacOS in a VM or even natively installed on a non-Apple then I wouldn't need them..."</b></i>
        Which is something you'll probably never see, because Apple doesn't want the kind of hardware issues that so crippled Windows for so many years. Fortunately, even the PC builders eventually realized that there was some real <i>JUNK</i> out there and most of those companies making that junk have either disappeared or straightened up their acts. That said, there's still some pretty poor hardware out there as evidenced by the poor reputations certain Dell and Compaq models still carry, but the issues don't affect Windows itself as much as they used to. Meanwhile, as long as OS X is on Apple-branded hardware, you can rest assured that you've got a quality product with quality support behind it.

        I'm not saying Apple's machines or service are perfect; like any other manufacturer they are susceptible to human errors in many ways, but Apple still manages to keep the highest percentage of their customers happy with their products, even as that customer base continues to grow.
        Vulpinemac