GADGET MAKER Apple has updated its Macbook Pro line of laptops with minor upgrades.
As usual, the Macbook Pro is available in 13in, 15in and 17in models, now with a few hardware upgrades. Apple has bumped up the Intel Sandy Bridge processors by an unimpressive 100MHz or 200MHz.
The 13in laptop has had the lowest upgrade of 100MHz to 2.4MHz for the Core i5 model and to 2.8GHz for the Core i7 model. As before, the remaining models all have Core i7 chips but are 200MHz faster with 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz options for the 15in model and 2.4GHz for the 17in model.
The entire range comes equipped with 4GB of 1333MHz RAM and either a 500GB or 750GB hard drive. The Macbook Pro machines have Intel HD 3000 graphics but the 15in and 17in models also come with an AMD Radeon graphics card. The 15in model now has either a HD 6750M with 512MB of RAM or a HD 6770M with 1GB of RAM. The 17in Macbook Pro comes with the latter of the two cards.
The fruit themed firm claims the graphics performance is up to twice that of previous Macbook Pros.
Prices range from £999 for the entry level 2.4GHz 13in Macbook Pro up to £2,099 for the top end 2.4GHz 17in edition. All come pre-loaded with Mac OS X Lion and have Thunderbolt connectivity.
The changes are rather minimal so existing Macbook Pro owners might want to think twice before placing an order. µ
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