Today, Apple updated the MacBook Pro family with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6000M graphics, new FaceTime HD camera and high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology.
Featuring the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is - as Apple promises - up to twice as fast as the previous generation.
2011 Macbook Pro notebooks look exactly like those from last year -- featuring the same unibody construction. The main difference can be found in the innards.
What is Thunderbolt I/O Technology?
MacBook Pro is actually the first computer on the market to feature the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple, Thunderbolt features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds of up to an amazing 10Gbps each.
Quoting the official press release from 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.
Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.
Price and Specifications
The 2011 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and another with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499.
The 2011 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two variants: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 chip, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and another with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.
The 2011 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499. There's only one 17-inch configuration available.
The 2011 Apple Macbook Pro line is now available in the US and in other territories via the Apple Store.
We're still awaiting word from Apple retailers in the Philippines on the line's availability in our country. We'll update this post as soon as we get additional information on these notebooks' release date in the Philippines. Off hand though, I don't think it will take long before these Macs reach our shores.