Apple introduces MacBook Pro

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Capping his keynote speech at Macworld Expo on Tuesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled "one more thing" -- Apple's new MacBook Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor, which delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook G4.



The new MacBook Pro, the first Mac notebook based on an Intel processor, features a stunning aluminum enclosure just one inch thin, weighs only 5.6 pounds, includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, and the Apple Remote and Front Row software for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for users to enjoy their content wherever they go. The new MacBook Pro, available in February, also features Apple?s new patent-pending MagSafe magnetic power connector, designed especially for mobile users.



?MacBook Pro delivers dual-processor desktop performance in a thin, sleek notebook,? said Jobs. ?The new MacBook Pro, with its Intel Core Duo dual-core processor, delivers the performance of not just one, but two G5 processors in the world?s most stunning one inch thin design.?



MacBook Pro features the new Intel Core Duo processor which delivers dual-core performance in a breakthrough power-efficient design, making it ideal for use in MacBook Pro?s thin and lightweight design. MacBook Pro is up to four times faster than the product it replaces, the PowerBook G4, running industry standard benchmarks.



Every new MacBook Pro comes with a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go using Apple?s award-winning iChat AV, or recording a video Podcast or iMovie using iLife '06. MacBook Pro also includes Photo Booth, Apple?s fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects and share their pictures with the touch of a button.



The new MacBook Pro is the first notebook to feature Apple?s breakthrough Front Row media experience and the Apple Remote, turning MacBook Pro into a portable theatre. Front Row gives customers a simple way to enjoy their content wherever they go?including songs from their iTunes music library, photo slideshows from iPhoto, videos including TV shows, Podcasts, iMovies and DVDs, and popular movie trailers streamed from apple.com?all from up to 30 feet away.



The new laptop also debuts Apple?s patent-pending MagSafe magnetic power connector, designed especially for mobile users. The MagSafe power connector makes charging the notebook?s battery easier than ever by magnetically coupling the power cord to the MacBook Pro. The MagSafe power connector safely disconnects from the notebook when there is strain on the power cord, helping to prevent the notebook from falling off its work surface when the power cord is inadvertently yanked.



The new MacBook Pro features a 67-percent brighter 15-inch display, which is now as bright as Apple?s Cinema Displays, and offers a completely new system architecture for faster performance, including a 667 MHz front-side bus that is four times as fast as the PowerBook G4 and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB that is twice as fast as the PowerBook G4. Each MacBook Pro comes standard with ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express graphics, with either 128MB or 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory. Each MacBook Pro also includes built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), integrated AirPort Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g WiFi wireless networking,** a scrolling TrackPad and Apple?s Sudden Motion Sensor that is designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall.



Shipping with MacBook Pro is iLife '06, the next generation of Apple?s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and introducing iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife '06 applications are Universal applications that run natively on the new Intel-based MacBook Pros for maximum performance.



Every new MacBook Pro comes with the latest release of the world?s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.4 ?Tiger? including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on Apple?s first Intel-based notebook. Mac OS X Tiger includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly.



Pricing & Availability



The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will be available in February through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple?s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Visitors to the Apple Store (www.apple.com) can pre-order MacBook Pro beginning today.



The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;

1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;

512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;

80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;

DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);

built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;

built-in iSight video camera;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;

two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;

one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;

scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;

the infrared Apple Remote;

60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery; and

85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.



The 1.83 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;

1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;

1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;

100GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;

a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;

PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;

DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);

built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;

built-in iSight video camera;

Gigabit Ethernet port;

built-in Airport Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;

ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;

two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;

one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;

scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;

the infrared Apple Remote;

60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery; and

85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.





Additional build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 120GB (5400 rpm) or 100GB (7200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 77
    Interesting -- no FireWire 800 on these new laptops!
  • Reply 2 of 77
    lupalupa Posts: 202member
    I don't see an option to remove the isight....



    [Edit] Apple.com's gone widescreen on me, zoinkers! Oh, and does anybody see a battery life rating for the powerbook, or were the prototypes not suitable for testing that?
  • Reply 3 of 77
    Slightly OT, but go check out the scrolling trackpad animation on the design page. Don't know about the rest of you, but that image shows the content in a window scrolling the opposite direction that mine would for the same finger-movement direction.



    Is there finally a way to change that setting? There are times when I think that mapping of scrolling is more intuitive (maybe because I'm used to Adobe Acrobat).
  • Reply 4 of 77
    lupalupa Posts: 202member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CrazyWingman

    Slightly OT, but go check out the scrolling trackpad animation on the design page. Don't know about the rest of you, but that image shows the content in a window scrolling the opposite direction that mine would for the same finger-movement direction.



    Is there finally a way to change that setting? There are times when I think that mapping of scrolling is more intuitive (maybe because I'm used to Adobe Acrobat).




    I've got a 15" 1.5 ghz powerbook and it scrolls the same as in the graphic, don't know how to change it though.
  • Reply 5 of 77
    Quote:

    Wireless antennas: gone from the display, moved to the hinge.



    NOOOO -- not another laptop with Titanium-level (non-)reception!
  • Reply 6 of 77
    pbpb Posts: 4,233member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by scotty321

    Interesting -- no FireWire 800 on these new laptops!



    I wonder if the lack of FW800 has to do with the issues that showed up with the advent of Panther. You know, nasty data loss after reboot in a connected external FW drive. There were some firmware updates, but the whole thing was so obscure that I think the issue was never addressed properly. Perhaps Apple waited for the first major hardware change to get rid of it.
  • Reply 7 of 77
    Is it thinner and lighter than the current 15"PB?
  • Reply 8 of 77
    Quote:

    Originally posted by pbaker05

    Is it thinner and lighter than the current 15"PB?



    It's slightly thinner, but weighs the same. \
  • Reply 9 of 77
    telomartelomar Posts: 1,804member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by pbaker05

    Is it thinner and lighter than the current 15"PB?



    Same weight. A fraction wider, 14.1" vs 13.7", and deeper, 9.6" vs 9.5", but it is thinner, 1" vs 1.1".



    Size increase is probably just due to the new screens.
  • Reply 10 of 77
    Fantastic laptop!



    So, the logic went that since they were no longer PowerPC computers, "Power" had to go.



    But, PowerBooks were called PowerBooks some years before the PowerPC even came out (when the Motorola 68020 was the chip inside them) so they didn't REALLY need to do that.



    "MacBook" is growing on me: it's a Mac, in a Book. Wonder what the intel-based iBooks will be called? "iMacBook" maybe!



    The performance is growing on me even more. Fantastic laptops!
  • Reply 11 of 77
    Quote:

    Originally posted by blackbird_1.0

    It's slightly thinner, but weighs the same. \



    Ahh...is it One Inch Thick or 1 Inch Thin...Hmm
  • Reply 12 of 77
    Quote:

    Originally posted by FritzW

    NOOOO -- not another laptop with Titanium-level (non-)reception!



    The PowerBooks improved since Titanium: they moved the antenna from the base where it was in the Ti-book to the sides of the screen.



    The aluminum still shields it a bit, but it depends on your orientation to the transmitter.
  • Reply 13 of 77
    trtamtrtam Posts: 111member
    I wish there was still Firewire 800. If I get this, I won't be able to work with Final Cut as well...hmmm. Also, something looks like it's missing from this whole thing....AND THE NAME?!?!? WHO THOUGHT OF IT?!?! UGH...I like Powerbook way more than "MacBook Pro." This means that the new Intel version of the iBook is gonna be a "MacBook."
  • Reply 14 of 77
    The new Macbook Pro is nice and exciting. The only issue that I have with it is the Superdrive has dropped to 4x and it is dual layer read only.
  • Reply 15 of 77
    Quote:

    Originally posted by trtam

    I wish there was still Firewire 800. If I get this, I won't be able to work with Final Cut as well...hmmm. Also, something looks like it's missing from this whole thing....AND THE NAME?!?!? WHO THOUGHT OF IT?!?! UGH...I like Powerbook way more than "MacBook Pro." This means that the new Intel version of the iBook is gonna be a "MacBook."



    I wonder what they'll call the new Power Macs..



    Introducing the new "Mac Pro".
  • Reply 16 of 77
    jadejade Posts: 379member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by kwsanders

    The new Macbook Pro is nice and exciting. The only issue that I have with it is the Superdrive has dropped to 4x and it is dual layer read only.



    Hmm no dual layer burning.



    No mention of battery life?



    Was the MacBook a bit rushed?
  • Reply 17 of 77
    And the iSight onslaught continues...



    As I feared when the iMac was revamped last fall, the built-in iSight was a portent of an overall product line revision. And as I feared, our security personnel at work have flatly ruled out the purchase of iMacs and now MacBook Pros.



    So much for the several million dollars a year we spend on Macs...



    Note to Apple: make the fargin' iSight a BTO option! There are about a zillion schools, businesses, and government installations that will not accept a camera-equipped machine on the grounds. Can the loss of those markets really be offset by sales from home-users thinking "I'd buy wunnathem Apples if they had a cambruh built in" ?
  • Reply 18 of 77
    are we to assume these processors are 64bit? it would seem stupid for them not to be but it doesnt seem to mention it newhere.
  • Reply 19 of 77
    Quote:

    Originally posted by CNUco2007

    are we to assume these processors are 64bit? it would seem stupid for them not to be but it doesnt seem to mention it newhere.



    I think they're 32-bit.
  • Reply 20 of 77
    pbpb Posts: 4,233member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by michaelb



    "MacBook" is growing on me: it's a Mac, in a Book. Wonder what the intel-based iBooks will be called? "iMacBook" maybe!





    The Powerbook became MacBook Pro. You can bet that the iBook will be just MacBook.
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