New Apple MacBook Pros Sport 10 Gbps Thunderbolt Technology, FaceTime HD Cameras

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.

AUTHOR BIO
Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Mark Spoonauer on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

  1. Eddie Says:

    BTW, the high end 13″ MacBook Pro uses an i7 NOT an i5.

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE