By Patrick Avenell
SYDNEY, NSW: Apple has announced the release of its new MacBook Pro range, which incorporates Intel’s new Thunderbolt file transfer technology.
Amusingly, even though CEO Steve Jobs is not on the job, his ebullient verbosity has been continued, with Apple senior vice president Philip Schiller coming up with this adjective-laden quotation to herald the arrivals.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Schiller
“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
There are three sizes to Apple’s new MacBook Pro line-up: 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch.
The 13-inch model comes in two specifications: 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive (RRP $1,399) and 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive (RRP $1,698).
The 15-inch models are: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 with 500GB hard drive (RRP $2,099) and 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 and 750GB hard drive (RRP $2,499).
There’s only one 17-inch model. It has 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 and a 750GB hard drive for RRP $2,899.
The 15- and 17-inch models also include AMD Radeon HD graphics (6750M for the more expensive models and 6490M for entry level 15-inch).