Apple releases new MacBook Pros with Intel Core i7, i5 processors

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple on Tuesday issued long-awaited updates to its MacBook Pro line of notebook computers, upgrading them to Intel's latest high-end Core i7, Core i5 and Core 2 Duo mobile processors, and adding new automated graphics switching technology.



The 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery, Apple said Tuesday. The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple's new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors. All six new MacBook Pro configurations come with 4GB of RAM standard.



"The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency."



With 48 processing cores, the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M is said to be the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market, ideal for graphics intensive applications or high performance games. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 250GB hard drive priced at $1,199; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 320GB hard drive priced at $1,499.



The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models are reportedly up to 50 percent faster than the previous systems. Using Intel's state-of-the-art 32 nanometer process, Intel Core i5 and i7 processors integrate the memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster access to system memory. Hyper-Threading technology improves data throughput by creating virtual processing cores, while Turbo Boost optimizes performance between the two processor cores, accelerating the system from 2.66 GHz to 3.06 GHz for intensive dual core tasks, and up to 3.33 GHz for single core tasks.



All 15-inch and 17-inch models include two graphics processors, the new NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M for peak performance and Intel HD Graphics for energy efficient operation. More than twice as fast as the GeForce 320M, Apple touted that the new GeForce GT 330M provides smooth, crisp on-screen graphics for the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications.







Apple's automatic graphics switching determines which graphics processor an application needs and switches instantly between processors to deliver peak performance and long battery life. Tightly integrated hardware and software is said to allow the new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro to deliver 8 to 9 hours on a single charge. In February, AppleInsider first revealed Apple was planning dual graphics technology in its future MacBook Pros.







The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in three models: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 320GB hard drive at $1,799; one with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive at $1,999; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and 500GB hard drive for $2,299.



The hardware also offers a new 512GB solid state drive upgrade option, doubling the previous capacity of 256GB available. Earlier Tuesday, AppleInsider exclusively reported the details of Apple's MacBook Pro refresh.



The release date also confirms a rumor last week from the Australian Macworld. Last month it was revealed that Intel was struggling to meet demand for its new family of Core mobile processors. The report claimed that Intel's Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors were all said to be in tight supply. The new line of processors were first introduced by Intel at CES in January.



Tuesday's updates have been a long time in the making. Apple last updated its MacBook Pro line in June 2009 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Those systems included Core 2 Duo processors and Nvidia graphics, along with cheaper prices, better displays and built-in batteries.



The new MacBook Pro glass Multi-Touch trackpad now supports inertial scrolling, an intuitive way to scroll through large photo libraries, lengthy documents and long web sites. All MacBook Pros feature bright, LED-backlit wide-angle displays with a broad color gamut. The 17-inch MacBook Pro includes a high resolution 1920 x 1200 display, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro is now available with an optional high resolution 1680 x 1050 display. Customers can also upgrade their MacBook Pro with new 128GB, 256GB and 512GB solid state drives.



Every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.



Apple uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a notebook battery that delivers up to 10 hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges. The built-in battery design results in less waste and depleted batteries can be replaced for $129 or $179, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.







The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, and 17-inch MacBook Pro are now available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The following are complete specs on the new hardware:



The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:

13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;

1066 MHz front-side bus;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;

250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

two USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);

SD card slot;

combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and

60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



The 2.66 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;

2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;

1066 MHz front-side bus;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;

320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

two USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);

SD card slot;

combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and

60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 rpm or a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.







The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;

2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;

320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

two USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port;

SD card slot;

audio line in (analog/digital);

audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and

85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



The 2.53 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;

2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;

500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

two USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port;

SD card slot;

audio line in (analog/digital);

audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and

85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



The 2.66 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:

15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;

2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;

500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

two USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port;

SD card slot;

audio line in (analog/digital);

audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and

85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a high resolution 15-inch 1680 x 1050 display in glossy and antiglare, a 500GB 5400 rpm or 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.



The 2.53 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,299 (US), includes:

17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;

2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;

4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;

integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;

500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);

AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

iSight video camera;

three USB 2.0 ports;

one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);

ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;

audio line in (analog/digital);

audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);

glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;

built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and

85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, antiglare display, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual- Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 366
    msanttimsantti Posts: 1,377member
    Nice update.



    An i3 in the 13" would have been perfect but we can't have everything I guess.



    Next refresh will get one.
  • Reply 2 of 366
    Thank you Apple!!!!
  • Reply 3 of 366
    ortalortal Posts: 25member
    Sweet! Ill be buying one sometime this week. I miss having a laptop I sold my old blackbook thinking that the refresh would come out much sooner
  • Reply 4 of 366
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,735member
    But will it run Crysis?
  • Reply 5 of 366
    x38x38 Posts: 95member
    Still no touch screen?
  • Reply 6 of 366
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,735member
    **insert obligatory Apple complaint here**
  • Reply 7 of 366
    NVIDIA Optimus is here (though Apple doesn't say its name). Nice.



    See On-demand performance. Off-the-charts efficiency section on Apple web site:

    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/performance.html

    Quote:

    The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models come standard with automatic graphics switching. It?s a breakthrough technology from Apple that switches graphics processors on the fly to give you performance when you need it (when you?re playing the latest 3D game, for example) and better battery efficiency when you don?t (such as when you?re reading email). MacBook Pro transfers the workload between the powerful discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics so seamlessly, you won?t even notice. Whether you?re using applications like Aperture, Motion, or Final Cut Pro or just surfing the web, your MacBook Pro always knows which processor to use. You don?t have to log out, shut down, or change your preferences. Automatic graphics switching does it all for you.



  • Reply 8 of 366
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,688member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Apple's automatic graphics switching determines which graphics processor an application needs and switches instantly between processors to deliver peak performance and long battery life.



    I wonder if it's possible to override this and choose to run permanently from one specific GPU.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    the 15-inch MacBook Pro is now available with an optional high resolution 1680 x 1050 display.



    Hurrah! About bloody time!
  • Reply 9 of 366
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,241member
    No USB 3.0 or eSATA. Just a performance bump. Better than nothing I guess. The 1680x1050 resolution on the 15" model is nice.
  • Reply 10 of 366
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,688member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    **insert obligatory Apple complaint here**



    OK:



    WTF? Still no bluray
  • Reply 11 of 366
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    **insert obligatory Apple complaint here**



    Exactly..... let me pre-empt the whiners: No Blu Ray, matte, touch screen, USB3, pixie dust, 20-hour battery, user-removable battery..... moan moan.......



    Get on with it, folks!
  • Reply 12 of 366
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,569member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr. H View Post


    OK:



    WTF? Still no bluray



    The more time moves on the less I care about Blue Ray. I have yet to buy a BR disc or player. I am hoping to just skip the BR years and go straight to digital.
  • Reply 13 of 366
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,735member
    but i wanted a pony!!!
  • Reply 14 of 366
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr. H View Post


    OK:



    WTF? Still no bluray



    Mr. H beat me to it by one minute.
  • Reply 15 of 366
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,241member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mr. H View Post


    OK:



    WTF? Still no bluray



    I didn't even dare to hope. \
  • Reply 16 of 366
    In July 2009 I bought the previous model 17" FULLY LOADED - 3.06 GHz, 8GB Ram, 500GB 7200 rpm, etc.



    I'm not too tempted to upgrade.
  • Reply 17 of 366
    targontargon Posts: 103member
    Does this Auto graphics switching thing mean the machine is going to be using the integrated intel video and my main system memory? If so is there a way to force this not to use the integrated graphics so it doesn't use my system memory? I don't want to be giving up system ram for anything video if there is discrete video ram.
  • Reply 17 of 366
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,735member
  • Reply 19 of 366
    aveniravenir Posts: 1member
    No i7 13" MacBook Pro. Bummer!



  • Reply 20 of 366
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,241member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    Blu ray is a bag of hurt, people!



    Only 'cause SJ says it is.
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