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Specs, photos of MacBook Pro up to 2.8GHz [Update x4]

updated 11:35 pm EDT, Mon October 13, 2008

New Apple laptops specs

With Apple's new laptops expected at tomorrow's event, sources have delivered original photos of the MacBook Pro showing an iMac-like "metal and glass" design -- with FireWire connectivity -- as well as a plethora of other specs and information. After early photos of the casings appeared only this past weekend, MacNN sources say that all new MacBook Pro laptops will feature FireWire connectivity, NVIDIA graphics/chips, HD displays and drives up to 320GB running at the higher 7,200rpm speeds for maximum speed, while the high-end MacBook Pro will feature Hybrid SLI graphics -- both discrete and integrated graphics for maximum performance or maximum battery life (although our source called it "dual-GPUs"). The consumer line of MacBooks, however, will not feature FireWire to help differentiate the product lines. [updated: FireWire will be available on MBP models]

While other reports indicate no price drops on entry-level MacBooks, BGR says it has confirmed a $899 SKU in Apple's systems, which could mean a low-priced laptop that could increase Apple's revenue by up to 50 percent, according to some analysts; however; other reports indicate that the product is likely an Apple Cinema Display (24-inch?); other MacBook (MB), MacBook Air (MBA) and MacBook Pro (MBP) models will be priced at $1,299 (MB?), $1,599 (MB?), $1,799 (MBA?), $1,999 (MBP?), and two at $2,499 (MBP?, MBA?), according to the same report, indicating that the entry-level MacBook may not quite be ready.

Sources also confirm that all models are expected to bring dramatic increases in speed: the MacBooks will lack a FireWire 400, but the higher-end MacBook Pros will have FireWire connectivity. In addition, Apple will have a user-service hard-drive, 128GB SSD option, DDR3/1,066GHz RAM, and an extra-long battery (perhaps a 9-cell battery versus a 6-cell in today's MBP batteries) as well as a new video connector.

Apple will offer MacBook Pro in speeds as fast as 2.8GHz, the source said and will also bring improved WiFi/wireless connectivity.

Much like the MacBook Air, the new professional line of MacBook Pro laptops will not only feature similar packaging, but will adopt a similar industrial design: the models will be slightly tapered on the top and bottom ("so it appears to float when on a desk") and a special DVI-out port that is like HDMI out; all the displays HD and glossy across the line (it is yet unknown if there will be a matte option available).

The source also said the new line of laptops will be "latch-less" like the current generation MacBook Air.

As Apple tries to push production and delivery ahead of the holiday season, sources say that the 15-inch MacBook Pros are already in production and will be shown at Tuesday's event (and ship soon thereafter), but the initial run of 17-inch models have both optical drive and display issues, which will delay shipments.

We have original photos which show the laptops with a black bezel around the display.

[story updated with clarification on production issues, more specs, FW clarification, new original images, MacBook pricing, more]

by MacNN Staff



  1. johnsou

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not Sure About that Unit!

    Glossy screen With Glass on a laptop?? A macbook keyboard on a Pro? And No Firewire 400 and a mini DVI?? Looks like this is a Macbook...

    I will be keeping my Current Pro if this is the case... I am not impressed at all....

    Just my 2 cents.... Im sure i might be wrong

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's it

    I am going to dump this 2/2008 MBP and buy a $1,699 6/2007 MacBook Pro 17" and install 10.4.11.

    Piss-poor OS (10.5) plus junky glass s***. I have had enough.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Initial run is buggy???

    What the heck does that supposed to mean. You can't rush that kind of quality and expect people to be happy with it. I'm not drawing any conclusions before they hit the street, but I sure hope what they're saying isn't true.

    I like the idea of a longer-life battery, user serviceable hard drive and faster speeds, but this is nothing revolutionary and I didn't expect anything more than what is being offered.

    I'll still be keeping my 15.4 inch MacBook Pro C2D 2.33. It works as fine now as when I got it in early 2007.

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  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    drawing conclusion?

    I drew conclusion on many products before they hit the street, and I stand by my words even today.

    MacBook Air: poor sales. Yup.
    MacBook: poor material and flawed design. Yup.
    MacBook: high hard drive failure rate due to internal design. Yup.
    iMac: stupid glass without anti-glare coating. Yup, still bad.

    Any computer that requires 10.5 is just bad news.

  1. tpressman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ugliest apple product in years. Looks like a franken-book. Similar form factor down below to current mbp and an imac display with a macbook air top case? WTF? Ive must have been on vacation for this one.

  1. Mac-a-Bayan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "metal and glass" design

    Does this remind you of iPhone or iPod Touch? I'm hoping that Multi-touch" would be implemented on the new MacBooks. That would really be great.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    should have learned bynow

    Wow, you would think they would have learned by now. Glossy screens, while making for seemingly better contrast and seemingly sharper picture, are a real PITA to work with in a majority of lighting environments. I guess they're going for the in-store impulse-buyer who likes the eye-catching screen, not realizing how much they're going to hate it later.

    Hopefully this will be a harder-than-glass substitute for the usual plastic panel and resist scratches and (possible?) smudges.

    And IMHO, the black keys on a neutral background scream PowerMac G3/G4. Perhaps the backlighting will make up for that.

    Hey, maybe with the added weight of carved aluminum (as opposed to the formed kind) and harder-than-glass silicate will drive away the 'it hurts my back' posers who said the 17" versions were too heavy. When you're carrying 20-30 lbs to begin with, what's another 7 or 8? (No that wasn't sarcasm- I like my notebooks with some heft.)

  1. InfraredAD

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that glass

    had better be an optional component. It's going to wreck color accuracy, and the ability to use the thing outdoors will vanish. Glass on an iMac? Fine... Glass on a PROFESSIONAL level laptop? not fine.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    special DVI-out port?

    Another adaptor to buy? Great. I work in AV and I have a nifty collection of Apple adaptors already. Also, I hope that tapered laptop bottom doesn't rock when the keyboard is typed on.

  1. johnsou

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HopeITs a Macbook Instead

    Hope thats either a macbook or an additional Product in the line.. If that was the case i think it would be a good addition as it would not "kill" the laptop everyone knows and Loves...

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