updated 05:45 pm EDT, Tue April 13, 2010
Exec claims 10-hour battery life more important
Steve Jobs allegedly sent a personal response to an e-mail inquiry regarding the lack of Intel Core i3 or i5 CPUs in the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro. The executive suggested that "far faster graphics and 10 hour battery life trump 10-20% faster CPU," according to the e-mail posted on 9 to 5 Mac. The company chose to stick with Core 2 Duo components for the smallest MacBook Pros.
Despite the decision not to move up to Intel's i-series processors, the 13-inch device still offers several improved specs. Standard configurations are available with 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz CPUs, a step up from the 2.26GHz to 2.53GHz offerings. NVIDIA also confirmed that the new 320M graphics chipset was custom-designed specifically for Apple, likely a more expensive option for the company.
It is unclear if Apple is attempting to leave a larger gap between the 13-inch variant, which was added to the Pro lineup just last year, and the 15- and 17-inch models which now boast Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. The company was also able to maintain a $1,200 entry point for the smallest aluminum-unibody device.