Apple updates MacBook Pro line

13 Apr 2010

The Apple MacBook Pro line has been updated with a refresh that includes faster processors, next-generation NVIDIA graphics and longer battery life that lasts for up to 10 hours.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro models have faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 4GB RAM, 10-hour built-in battery and the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor. It comes in two models: one that has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 250GB hard drive retailing at €1,149; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 320GB hard drive retailing at €1,499.

Apple says the 15-inch and 17-inch models are up to 50pc faster than the previous versions and run on Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors with integrated memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster system memory access.

Graphics-wise, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M processor coupled with Intel HD Graphics is more than twice as fast as the GeForce 320M and promises optimal on-screen graphics for 3D games and creative software.

While the 13-inch model gets a 10-hour battery life, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models have eight to nine hours on a single charge.

The 15-inch model starts from €1,799 for the 2.5GHz version while the 17-inch, with a 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive, retails at €2,249.

“The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”

By Marie Boran

Photo: The Apple MacBook Pro