Written by: Adam Christianson
This morning the MacBook Pro update we have all been waiting for happened. Following yesterdays rumors on digg, Apple has updated the entire MacBook Pro line to include all Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Apple claims the upgraded systems provide up to 39% more performance and all models come with double the storage and memory of their predecessors. The new systems also all include a Firewire 800 port. So you now have your choice of either 2.16GHz or 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and can add even more storage (up to 200GB) and memory (up to 3GB) via Apple’s build-to-order options. Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro models are priced at USD$1,999.00 and USD$2,499.00 and should be shipping this week, with the 17-inch model priced at USD$2,799.00 shipping next week.
I hope they do the same with the Macbooks. Not only is the updated processors nice, but the 1GB memory as the standard is great.
The new hard-drives come only at 5400 rpm, and the 200GB drive comes only at 4200 RPM. Isn’t this a downgrade? Will the speed difference be noticable between the old 7200s and the 5400s, and especially the 4200. I’m in the market for a new laptop, but is the extra storage of the 200 worth the downgrade in speed?
Adam had commented on the lack of an airline adapter, but its here now. I think it’s new, but I don’ know
Yay new MBPs. And even better the uk pricing has gone down by Â£50. Im very short on cash and need one of these so Â£50 is a lot to me.
The 17″ (not the 15″) comes with an optional 100GB 7200-rpm hard drive which is what I’d go with for maximum speed for pulling in and processing large video or audio files, then use external high speed storage for anything more I might need (connected with Firewire 800, Gigabit ethernet or eSATA with a third party ExpressCard/34 adapter for what would probably be the fastest though the most expensive solution) — after all that would be not just faster but safer than putting everything on an internal 200GB 4200-rpm drive (yes the largest size option is the slowest).
That is of course if my PowerMac G5 is still worth enough to bring down my cost to an affordable level… oh, well it’s a nice dream — I’m sure that a 15″ with a more standard drive will still be great and for that matter I still really like my G5 it’s just that as my work is in PC Support I occasionaly need a Windows machine for after hours work or helping friends and family who use Windows. A new intel based laptop with Parallels and/or Bootcamp would allow me to combine work and hobby and is a nice alternative to having two computers.
Don’t forget about the Dual-Layer DVD optical drives that now come standard. That’s something I was holding out for!
When do you think they’ll update the MacBooks to Core 2 Duo?
nop, i dont think they will upgrade teh macbook line,
its more targeted for average users
Does anyone know whether the 3GB is the maximum possible memory configuration, or just the maximum orderable from Apple? It’s an odd size for a hardware maximum.