Apple updates MacBook Pro line

Apple updates MacBook Pro line

Summary: The Apple Store was closed this morning and when it reopened an updated MacBook Pro line was unveiled.

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TOPICS: Intel, Apple, Hardware
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The Apple Store was closed this morning and when it reopened an updated MacBook Pro line was unveiled.

Here's the scoop:

MacBook Pro 15 inch LED 2.2Ghz

  • 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB memory
  • 1440 x 900 resolution
  • 120GB hard drive
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT GPU with 128MB SDRAM

Price - $1999

MacBook Pro 15 inch LED 2.4Ghz

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB memory
  • 1440 x 900 resolution
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT GPU with 256MB SDRAM

Price - $2499

MacBook Pro 17 inch 2.4Ghz

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB memory
  • 1680 x 1050 pixels
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT GPU with 256MB SDRAM

Price - $2799

Updates

This refresh of the MacBook Pro line brings with it some welcome updates, such as:

  • RAM increased to 2GB standard (upgradable to 4GB)
  • LED-backlit screens for 15-inch models
  • 17-inch models offer an 1920x1200 resolution display as an optional extra ($100).

Topics: Intel, Apple, Hardware

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  • I won't buy one

    I refuse to support a company that has created the [b]only[/b] OS that uses DRM to [b]artificially[/b] and [b]onerously[/b] tie me to their hardware. What's even funnier is that Jobs has everyone convinced that DRM is evil! Yeah, DRM is evil when it is protecting someone else's content but when it protects your Disney movies and your OS, DRM is great, isn't that right steve? There is only 1 reason why the iPod became such a big hit and that was because of DRM.
    NonZealot
    • Macs are vastly superior thanks to great integration

      No need to worry about drivers being installed or not, it just works thanks to a
      superior OS but also in part thanks to the integration. OS X in the wild will likely end
      up if not as flawed as Windows then at least more unreliable - like Windows.

      You've obviously made your choice and I can respect that, but you've made it
      because of all the wrong reasons (IMO). You shouldn't serve the PC, it should serve
      you.
      Mikael_z
      • Read it and weep

        [url=http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=508] No need to worry about drivers? [/url]

        So why don't you tell David what he did wrong. After all, OSX is perfect, it is David that is flawed, right? Or is it the device? Or is it Bill Gates' fault?

        [i]You shouldn't serve the PC, it should serve you.[/i]

        How many PC servers do you have in your house? I have 2 and they do what I want, when I want. So who is serving who?
        NonZealot
        • Not weeping

          He seems to do it in an unusual creative and awkward way. Why not simply
          connecting the devices via firewire?

          [i]How many PC servers do you have in your house? I have 2 and they do what I want,
          when I want. So who is serving who?[/i]

          I'm happy for you if you're truly happy with what you have. ;-)
          Mikael_z
          • Ahh, he is an idiot

            [i]Why not simply connecting the devices via firewire?[/i]

            What an idiot. I wonder why he didn't think of that instead of going to all that trouble. You should write him and let him know.

            [i]I'm happy for you if you're truly happy with what you have.[/i]

            I truly am happy using OSs that don't [b]artificially[/b] and [b]onerously[/b] dictate that I must buy my computer from only 1 company. Thanks! :)
            NonZealot
          • Dell is just 1, and so is Microsoft

            Your arguments are not rational. You only bring home one PC with each purchase.
            Apple is just one choice, so is Dell and HP as well but with the same brain.

            Care to reflect on something meaningful instead like productivity, ease of use and
            security? :-D
            Each purchase is only as good as the value returned.
            So these fresh new MacBook pros have no value?
            Mikael_z
          • Lots of value in a PC

            [i]Care to reflect on something meaningful instead like productivity,[/i]

            All my PCs are extremely productive. Care to prove that they aren't?

            [i]ease of use[/i]

            All my PCs are extremely easy to use. Care to prove that they aren't?

            [i]security[/i]

            All of my PCs are extremely secure. No malware... ever.

            [i]Each purchase is only as good as the value returned.[/i]

            So what is the value of being forced to buy all of your computers from Apple? When you standardize on OSX, that is what you are agreeing to. That is negative value. And if you standardize on Linux or Windows, Apple hardware is no better but ends up costing [b]far[/b] more. Either way, you are a fool to buy Apple hardware.

            [i]So these fresh new MacBook pros have no value?[/i]

            Where did I say they have [b]no[/b] value? They make good paperweights. Also, according to frgough, it seems to be the only way he can get girls to come up to his apartment although don't ask me what kind of girl falls for the line: [i]want to come up and see my Mac?[/i] He assures me that they wouldn't come up to his apartment when he had a Dell so I guess Macs have value if that's the only thing you have to attract girls.
            NonZealot
          • Off the Rails

            How is it you insist on railing against the tide. If an individual claims to get more
            benefit than harm from vertical integration, who are you to call him a fool. These
            are individual choices based on personal experience. As both a Mac and PC user,
            I've addressed my comments to what were in a large part complaints from
            individuals about the PC. I've expressed the fact that a viable alternative exists.

            You however seem bent on characterizing an individual's positive Mac experiences
            as zealotry. This rhetoric seems based on some insecurity. We're all happy for
            your good PC experience, but others have problems that may benefit from
            critique. I'd suggest that you limit your comments to Mac users who are having
            problems with their machines. They may stand to benefit from your knowledge.
            And no that doesn't include sarcasm when a Mac vulnerability is announced. It's
            hardly constructive. Try to stick to real world consequences. In the mean time,
            further derogatory comedy routines are likely to be ignored.

            regards
            Harry Bardal
          • Harry, you have to realize...

            that the Zealot has publicly stated that he has never used OSX, and, by logical
            extension, any Mac built after 2001.

            So, any comment he makes about Macs or OS X can only be based on anti-Apple
            zealotry.
            msalzberg
          • NonZealot's Valid Point

            NonZealot is upset about the fact that many are complaining about Vendor Lock-in from Microsoft, yet when dealing with Apple, they welcome it with open arms.

            I use Windows XP and Mac OS X. I welcome change and will probably purchase a new Mac Book Pro. I don't care to be locked into a Mac, so I will probably run Boot Camp and Windows XP. In time, I may even run.... Windows (I don 't want to say it) Vista. (And that really did hurt.)

            I will never fully shy away from PCs. I will never purchase only Macs. I love gaming too much and I love being able to build my own cheap RAID server with about x number of Terabytes of storage.
            nucrash
          • Harry: You promise?

            [i]In the mean time, further derogatory comedy routines are likely to be ignored.[/i]

            You promise? Your attention, while flattering, is most certainly not necessary.

            The funny thing about your rant is that the actions you are ranting against are the actions that are parodying [b]you[/b] (and all your little Mac zealot friends). It is the hypocrisy of Mac zealots that I "rail" against, not the fact that they buy Apple. Funny how that seemed to touch a nerve though. I guess the truth hits hard when it finally does hit. :)
            NonZealot
          • msalzberg: so prove me wrong

            If I truly don't know what I'm talking about, it should be [b]very[/b] easy for you to prove me wrong! So why do the Apple ads say that you don't need to hunt for drivers when that is exactly what David had to do? Why do the Mac zealots rail against DRM in music but praise DRM in their OS? Why do Mac zealots say there are no choices other than Windows and then try to convince everyone to use OSX? Since I'm [b]so[/b] far off base with my comments, I should be [b]really[/b] easy to counter and yet the best thing you can do is go running to all my posts with this sorry excuse for a rebuttal. Leads me to believe that maybe I'm not so far off base!

            BTW Have you jumped off that cliff yet? You truly don't know what that will be like until you do it, right? You have to jump off a cliff before you can critique it, right? OUCH!!!! :)
            NonZealot
          • nucrash: thanks

            It's all about the choice. I'm glad that Apple exists. I'm glad that Linux exists. I'm glad that Microsoft exists. I'm not so glad the Mac zealots exist but I'm happy to do my part in combating the FUD that they spread.
            NonZealot
          • Ahhh...Apple vs Microsoft

            I remember as a young engineer running, not walking, from a company that gave Macs to its engineers instead of PCs. I found shelter at another company that had bravely embraced Win3.1.

            Fast-forward a few years and now OSX is impressive. I mean, I almost feel foolish using pasting my Excel charts into PowerPoint, like I am saying to the world, look at me I'm small time.

            In retrospect, I have decided that the ONLY thing that Bill Gates EVER did well (other than copying Jobs at every chance he got) was creating the best spreadsheet on the planet. Yeah, you heard me, Excel. It's the only thing that made and still makes Windows relevant today. There are better alternatives for every other piece of the MSOffice suite.

            Unfortunately, Microsoft has not invested any significant effort in Excel since the Excel97 release. So I am beginning to ask myself for the first time, why am I so in love with Windows? I need something that can capture my imagination again and frankly, Apple is the only company out there even trying to do that.
            Cornhead
          • Not that I don't see your point

            I also like to build my own systems. I have done so for the last 10 years. Just got finished with my first shuttle barebone.

            I almost didn't like it because of the lack of work to build the system.
            nucrash
  • Unless those prices are in Japanese Yen...

    ...those prices are too expensive for what are essentially standard PC components in a designer case. But Apple marketing seems to convince a few that their idea of style is worth paying a premium for.
    Big Scoddie
    • You are missing the point

      1. These components are on the market from anyone else yet.

      2. Price a similar notebook that is as powerful, as featured, and as light as the Mac Book Pro. (You probably won't be able to).

      Infact, if you can and show me a link with in the next 24 hours, I will pay pal $20 to you. But the specifications have to beat everything Apple has to offer on the Mac Book Pro.

      This means you can't point to a HP that has a 17" screen and say, "There, I have done it."
      nucrash