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Apple debuts faster LED-based MacBook Pros

updated 08:00 am EDT, Tue June 5, 2007

New LED MacBook Pros

Apple today updated its MacBook Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics in a lightweight, aluminum enclosure that is just one-inch thin. The new MacBook Pro is available in 15-inch models with a new mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display and a 17-inch model with an optional high-resolution display. Every MacBook Pro model includes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of shared L2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus and 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory as well as the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, which Apple claims is more than 50 percent faster than the original MacBook Pro with Core Duo. It is available in three models: 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models, and a 2.4 GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro model.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro models feature a new power-efficient LED-backlit display and are the first of Apple's notebooks to transition to LED backlighting as part of the company's effort to eliminate the use of mercury in its products. The 17-inch model now offers a new optional 1920-by-1200 high-resolution display, providing over 30 percent more screen real estate than the standard 1680-by-1050 display.

"With Intel Core 2 Duo performance, more memory and state-of-the-art graphics, this MacBook Pro is a portable powerhouse for creative and professional users," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Apple's notebooks have always led the industry in innovation with features like built-in 802.11 and the MagSafe Power Adapter, and now the industry's first 15-inch LED-backlit display is another step toward completely eliminating mercury from our displays."

All models include a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.

The 2.2 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

-- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-by-900 LCD display;
-- 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
-- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
-- 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion
Sensor;
-- a slot-load 8x SuperDriveŽ with double-layer support (DVD+/-R
DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
-- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
-- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included,
Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
-- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
-- built-in iSight video camera;
-- Gigabit Ethernet port;
-- built-in AirPort ExtremeŽ 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
2.0+EDR;
-- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
-- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
-- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical
digital audio;
-- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
-- the infrared Apple Remote; and
-- 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

-- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-by-900 LCD display;
-- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
-- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
-- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion
Sensor;
-- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R
DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
-- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
-- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included,
Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
-- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
-- built-in iSight video camera;
-- Gigabit Ethernet port;
-- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
2.0+EDR;
-- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
-- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
-- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical
digital audio;
-- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
-- the infrared Apple Remote; and
-- 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,799 (US), includes:

-- 17-inch widescreen 1680-by-1050 LCD display;
-- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
-- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
-- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion
Sensor;
-- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R
DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
-- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
-- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included,
Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
-- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
-- built-in iSight video camera;
-- Gigabit Ethernet port;
-- built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
2.0+EDR;
-- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
-- three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
-- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical
digital audio;
-- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
-- the infrared Apple Remote; and
-- 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to a 160GB (5400 rpm), 160GB (7200 rpm), 200GB (4200 rpm) or a 250GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple USB Modem, glossy widescreen display, 17-inch 1920-by-1200 high-resolution display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

It is available now from the Apple Store.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Battery life

    So what's the new battery life on these models, now that they have the power-saving LED lighting?

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: battery life

    Apple claims up to 6 hours for the 15", 5.75 hours on the 17". But manufactures notoriously exaggerate. What was the claimed battery life on the previous releases?

    Also, is only the 15" display LED backlit?

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    10.5 coupons?

    So, will buyers of these laptops get free updates to 10.5? I forgot if Apple gave you one free upgrade.. If not, it would be stupid to buy a laptop now unless you absolutely couldn't stretch your existing one out until October..

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Greenpeace

    So where's apology Greenpeace. While other's talk (including yourselves) Apple has been busy doing. Environment and Media aren't spelt anywhere near the same. I'm amazed that they continually have trouble keeping their focus the former rather than the latter. They would lend more credibility to environmental causes by simply sitting down and being quite for a while.

  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Oh, party!

    But when will the MacBook non-Pro get the LED treatment?

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:15" backlit & 10.5

    Yes, only the 15" model is LED backlit.

    I am quite sure there will be no 10.5 coupon. If it were within a month of the new OS, maybe.

  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: greenpeace

    You obviously did look very hard. They gave it 1 month ago...

    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/news/tasty-apple-news-020507

  1. I WAS the One

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Something's weird...

    New MacBooks, New MBPs, New MacPros... What do Steve will introduce in WWDC07? A ultra Mac Mini? a MultiTouch iMac? mmm... I think no computers will be announced, just iPod-style gadgets. Say Good Bye to the Apple we used to know... we're doomed.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    WWDC Announcements

    Additional announcements that Apple could make at WWDC (or otherwise this summer) include...

    - Pre-orders for the iPhone

    - Additional 10.5 Features

    - MacBook nano

    - All-new iMac

    - Upgraded Mac Pro (probably with updated enclosures)

    - New displays (New sizes, LED, HD optimized, iSight)

  1. mmmdoughnuts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Why?

    Are we expecting HARDWARE announcements at a SOFTWARE DEVELOPING CONFERENCE?

    I expect minimal if not no hardware announcements of any significance. This is the month of iPhone and 10.5. Apple isn't going to muck up the PR frenzy.

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