Apple updates MacBook Pro, adds Thunderbolt I/O

Apple updates MacBook Pro, adds Thunderbolt I/O

Summary: Apple has announced that it has updated the MacBook Pro lineup, adding new processors, updated graphics and a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology.

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Apple has announced that it has updated the MacBook Pro lineup, adding new processors, updated graphics and a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology.

Gallery: Apple speeds up MacBook Pros

Here's the meat of the changes:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199, and comes with dual-core Core i3 and dual-/quad-core i7 processors offering up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD 3000 graphics.
  • 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3GHz and AMD Radeon HD GPU with 1GB of video memory.

Overall, the new MacBook Pro models are 2x faster than their predecessors and feature 3x the graphics performance.

What's really new here is Thunderbolt - Thunderbolt I/O technology was developed jointly by Intel in collaboration from Apple, and offers two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps.

Note: Thunderbolt is an Intel trademark term, not Apple.

Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters.

In what is an interesting twist, Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Apple expects Thunderbolt to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O. Whether thast will happen remains to be seen.

Also new on the MacBook Pro is the built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac App Store for 99 cents.

"The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro."

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Apple pushes Intel: "developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple"

    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

      Additional information.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro, adds Thunderbolt I/O

    10 gbps? i could move the entire wikipedia Zip download dump in less than 15 seconds!
    noaboutno
  • RE: Apple updates MacBook Pro, adds Thunderbolt I/O

    Hey it's something wrong on the text the news MacBook Pro 13-inch came with i5 processor not the i3 as the text said
    mateutrix