Apple Launches Faster MacBook Pro Lineup With Increased Storage

Apple Launches Faster MacBook Pro Lineup With Increased Storage

We’ve seen a number of rumors surrounding a MacBook Pro refresh in recent weeks, and just as expected, the latest models hit the Apple online store this morning. In addition to increased storage for some models, there are speed improvements across the board with faster Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro now ships with a 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor — an improvement over the last model’s 2.2GHz chip — and is available in a 2.8GHz option for an additional $400. The 15- and 17-inch models now also get modest speed bumps with Intel’s Core i7 quad-core CPUs:

13-inch MacBook Pros:

  • 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,199
  • 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 750 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000 — $1,499

15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5 — $1,799
  • 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 750 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 — $2,199

17-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, 750 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 1GB GDDR5 — $2,499

What do you think of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro lineup?

  • Chris

    I think I’m going to buy the bigger 15 inch MBP… plus the HARDWRK Superdrive/HDD replacement kit, so that I can have an SSD+Hard drive in the MBP and use the Superdrive with the included USB case (which looks exactly like the Apple USB Superdrive)… this kit retails for only 79 €

  • Rbernato

    I was going to get the entry level MacBook last night! Am I glad I held off!

  • Paul Urmston

    Perfect, my 3 year Applecare runs out at the end of the year… so it looks like the faster 15″ is going to be perfect.

    : )  Great timing!

  • Chris

    did you ever have to use the Apple Care Services? I think I’m not going to buy Apple Care, although the Apple Store staff always push you to do so

  • Luis Cabral Branco

    If you do that aren’t you voiding the warranty?

  • Chris

    I never had to use the warranty in the 3 years that I had my Macbook, so I don’t worry about that. The warranty is only one year, anyway, right?

  • Cincotta_e

    question for you guys:

    I’m planning on getting a 13 inch Macbook pro, but would like a bigger screen. If it all comes down to it though, I would sacrifice screen size for speed.

    suggestions?

  • PaxFun

    The way I see it, any insurance or extended guarantee service is something you pay hoping never to have to use. It’s more about the piece of mind of knowing that, in case you need it, your equipment (investment) is protected. If you never need it, some think it was wasted money. I think of it as tranquility. Up to you, really….

  • Greg

    Why no Bluetooth 4.0??

  • Mondetrotter

    Does it come with Thunderbolt?

  • PuckDaddy

    if you want a bigger screen, get a bigger screen.
    I’ve had 13″s for years and recently got a 17″ and love it.
    I don’t care that its heavier or fits tighter in my backpack.
    I can see “all the things !”

  • PuckDaddy

    blah. I’m gonna wait for Ivy Bridge

  • Luca

    OMG intel hd 300 in all MacBooks pro? where’s ATI??

  • Chris

    dislike

    don’t you see it reads AMD…in all models 15 inch and above?

  • Chris

    sure, it’s just a speedbump from the old model

  • Chris

    why would you have to sacrifice screen size for speed? the 15 inch MBPs are faster AND have bigger screens… they have quad-core processors, the 13 inch models just have dual core processors

  • djrobsd

    Didn’t do much to differentiate here.  Given the cheap price of RAM, they could have at least made 8 gigs standard in the upper level configs.

  • Figurative

    Would have liked to seen 16GB as an option (yes, I know about OWC).  And the option of ever higher performance graphics cards – even if was just on the 17 incher.

  • Barton Lynch

    why no bluetooth 4.0?

  • Mailjunky

    Apple – step it up! A laptop today without an SSD memory is a step backwards, and it needs to be cost effective. I was so hoping to get a new MAC by xmas, it’s not looking like that will happen. I’ll have to see what the PC world has to offer. 

  • Chris

    the extra price for 128GB SSD is just 100 € in the 15 inch model (2,4 ghz)

  • Mailjunky

    Yup, $100 Canadian here – that makes it a $2349.00 laptop…. him that’s two Samsung series 9 laptops. I enjoy my toys, but I can’t see the value in a laptop costing over 2 grand. 

  • Hayrod

    Hey guys, I am going to be getting a mac book for sure, not sure if the 1 gig of amd is worth the extra money compared to the 500mb of amd?? im getting the 15inch for sure tho. I will be using the mac for protools recording mainly and possibly video editing. should if spend the extra money for the 1 gig of AMD, and what does it actually improve? wht is the amd im new to the mac world somebody help

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