And you thought USB 3.0 was fast. The latest 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros are the first notebooks on earth to feature Thunderbolt I/O technology, promising speeds as fast as 10 gigabits per second. You also get Intel’s latest and greatest Core i5 and Core i7 processors and a new FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution.
So what can you do with Thunderbolt? Developed in collaboration with Intel, Apple says this technology (also known as Light Peak) delivers PCI Express directly to such high-performance peripherals as RAID arrays, and with adapters it will support FireWire, USB, and Ethernet. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. So basically this tech can do it all, but now we need the peripherals to support it.
Read on for more details on Apple’s new powerhouses, including pricing and configurations.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199, and features a a 2.3-GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive. For this size MacBook Pro Apple kicked Nvidia graphics to the curb in favor of Intel’s HD Graphics 3000. If you step up to the $1,499 13-incher you get a faster 2.7-GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive.
Those who demand a discrete GPU will want to step up to the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros, both of which feature quad-core Core i7 processors and AMD Radeon HD graphics with up to 1GB of video memory. The 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,799, features a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive. The $2,199 model packs a 2.2-GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive.
Last but not least is the the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. A cool $2,499 buys you a 2.2-GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive. Stay tuned for more impressions and hands-on details.