Apple MacBook Pro line updated with new processors, faster graphics


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Apple Inc. very quietly updated its MacBook Pro line of laptop computers on Monday, keeping form factors and prices in place, but adding slightly speedier processors and graphics.

The entry-level MacBook Pro, which features a 13-inch display, is now sold with a 2.4-gigahertz dual-core Intel i5 processor in its base configuration, though a 2.8-gigahertz dual-core Intel i7 chip is an option as well. The starting price for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is $1,199.


The mid-level 15-inch MacBook Pro gets boosted to a base of a 2.2-gigahertz quad-core Intel i7 processor, a 500-gigabyte hard-drive, and the same Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics card as the 13-inch model, plus a separate AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card with its own 512 megabytes of dedicated memory. The starting price for the 15-inch range is $1,799.

The top-of-the-line 17-inch MacBook Pro is updated with a 2.4-gigahertz Intel Core i7 processor as the base option with AMD’s new Radeon HD 6770M graphics card alongside the integrated graphics from its smaller siblings. The 17-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499.

Of course, each Apple Mac computer ships with Mac OS X Lion, the latest version of Apple’s operating system.

What does all this mean? Nothing major, really. But the faster processors can handle computing tasks quicker, and better graphics means more stable and quicker video playback and editing for creative professionals using Macs with software such as Adobe Photoshop and Apple’s own Final Cut Pro video-editing software.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles