updated 08:20 am EST, Tue February 14, 2006
Apple ships MacBook Pro
Apple today announced that it will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook Pro this week with faster processors than previously announced. The new notebook features the new Intel Core Duo processor, which it says delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook G4 it also features a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go and the Front Row media experience with Apple Remote. All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,500 model now includes a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $2,000 model now includes a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67GHz, and will begin shipping next week. In addition, customers may now upgrade to a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor as a build-to-order option on the Apple Online Store. Earlier this morning, Apple took its Apple Store offline, ahead of the announcement. Meanwhile, new orders for the Intel-based notebook, which replaces the PowerBook G4, show a 3-4 week delay.
"We are incredibly excited to start shipping the MacBook Pro, a groundbreaking new notebook with dual-processor desktop performance in a thin, sleek design," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The new MacBook Pro includes even faster Intel Core Duo processors than originally announced, up to 2.16GHz, and we think customers are going to love them."
The first Mac notebook using Intel's new Core Duo processor, the new MacBook Pro features an aluminum enclosure just one-inch thin, weighs only 5.6 pounds, includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, the Apple Remote and Front Row software for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for users to enjoy their content wherever they go and Apple's new patent-pending MagSafe magnetic power connector, designed especially for mobile users.