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Tuesday, January 10

Product Guide: MacBook Pro

Announced January 10th, 2006, the MacBook Pro is the new flagship notebook computer from Apple and is the first Apple notebook to sport Intel processors. Based heavily upon the 15" PowerBook, the MacBook Pros differ in a few key ways. Most importantly, the Power PC processor has been replaced with a Dual Core Intel processor. Other major improvements include a built-in iSight video camera in the upper bezel, an IR receiver that will work in conjuction with the Apple Remote and Front Row, and a new magnetic power connector to keep your laptop from flying off the table when your dog snags your power cable. RAM has also been upgraded as have the Hard Drive and Graphics capabilities. Notably missing, however, is dual layer support for the SuperDrive, a standard in the final itineration of the PowerBook.

With the massive increase in processing speed, the 1st generation MacBook Pro is sure to be a financial success, but came not without reservation from some. Released five and a half months before anticipated, the MacBook is largely without immediate, native software support from a proponderance of 3rd party software developers. Because of this, tt's acceptance by the traditional PowerBook market of professional graphics artists is, at this point, uncertain.

As of publishing, questions regarding the MacBook Pro's ability to run the Windows OS natively as well as Apple's success in locking the Mac OS down to Apple hardware. Details will be reported as they become available.

The MacBook Pro is expected to ship in February 2006. Note features that have been upgraded between models are italicized.

1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo - $1999

CPU: 1.67 GHz Core Duo processor
Memory: 512 MB DDR2 SDRAM
Display: 15.4" TFT w/ 1440 x 900 resolution
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 w/ 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Disk: 80 GB SATA at 5400 rpm
Optical Drive: 6x Superdrive
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
I/O: 1-Firewire 400, 2-USB 2.0, ExpressCard/34 slot
Dimensions/Weight: 14.1" x 9.6" x 1.0" / 5.6 lbs
Battery: Currently Unknown
Misc: Apple Remote (w/ Front Row)
Built-in iSight
Airport Extreme (802.11 G) & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR built in
Analog/Optical Line in, Analog/Optical Line out
Dual Link DVI output

1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo - $1999

CPU: 1.83 GHz Core Duo processor
Memory: 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
Display: 15.4" TFT w/ 1440 x 900 resolution
Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 w/ 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Disk: 100 GB SATA at 5400 rpm
Optical Drive: 6x Superdrive
Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
I/O: 1-Firewire 400, 2-USB 2.0, ExpressCard/34 slot
Dimensions/Weight: 14.1" x 9.6" x 1.0" / 5.6 lbs
Battery: Currently Unknown
Misc: Apple Remote (w/ Front Row)
Built-in iSight
Airport Extreme (802.11 G) & Bluetooth 2.0+EDR built in
Analog/Optical Line in, Analog/Optical Line out
Dual Link DVI output

Heading image Courtesy of Apple

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