April 2010 – Apple Updates MacBook Pro Specs, but that’s about it.

Apple today updated the specs on the MacBook Pro line-up, the 13, 15 and 17 inch models all got a spec update which should keep them up to date for the next few months or so. The update includes, as expected, Intel’s new mobile Core i5 and i7 chips as well as some updated NVidia graphics including the NVidia GeForce GT 330M, which, according to NVidia is the next up from the NVidia GeForce 9400M that we’ve seen in more or less all but the Mac Pro for basic graphic configuration. Like the 9400M, the 330M supports up to 256MB of shared graphics on a 2.4GHz system, but can go up to 512MB on a system supporting speeds above 2.66Ghz.

13″ MacBook Pro

If we’re all been perfectly honest, if you’ve recently bought a 13″ MacBook Pro, as in last week for example, I wouldn’t be so disappointed, not much has changed.

The 13″ MacBook Pro is the only MacBook Pro not to feature any of Intel’s new processors, as in the i5 or i7, the MacBook Pro 13″ now comes with either a 2.4GHz or a 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo.

The 13″ MacBook Pro can be upped to 2.66Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, with now up to 8GB DDR3 RAM (2 RAM slots) and if you more or less want to double the price of the MacBook Pro you can opt for a 512GB SSD, or save more than a grand and go for a 500GB HDD.

Apple are also promising now up to a 10 hour battery from the 13″ MacBook Pro, although the sacrifice of no replaceable battery.

15″ MacBook Pro

The 15″ MacBook Pro has 3 standalone options, 2 in which contain Intel’s Core i5 chip, the top standalone config has the i7. The first model has a 2.4GHz i5 chip with 4GB DDR3 RAM, which can be upped to 8GB DDR3. Like the 13″ you can also double the price by having the option of a new 512GB SSD, or 500GB HDD which unlike the 13″ MacBook Pro you have the option of 5200RPM of 7200RPM.

One rather interesting feature of the 15″ MacBook Pro is you have the option on getting the default Glossy display, but if you want to pay a bit more you can get a “High Res Glossy Widescreen Display”, we’re not quite sure what the difference is between both, but seems odd. And the price has gone up for the Anti-Glare option, now a massive £120 extra, which is actually rather annoying as the extra price is getting ridiculous.

The second option features the same specs, but with a 2.53GHz Intel i5 with the same integrated NVidia GeForce GT 330M as the 13″ MacBook Pro and the 2.4GHz 15″ model.

The last “top” option for the 15″ MacBook Pro goes all out, with a 2.66Ghz Core i7 chip and thanks to the processor spec the GeForce GT 330M will power at 512MB. We’re not sure how using the same chip for graphics is going to be based on performance but we’ll see.

And, whats this we see, the return of Intel Graphics? Intel HD graphics as they are known as are also in the 15″ MacBook Pro supporting the same graphics specs as the NVidia but shared with main memory … yeah I know, confusing.

17″ MacBook Pro

The 17″ MacBook Pro has just one base spec which includes a 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 or a Intel Core i7 at 2.66Ghz. The 17″ also features the up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, the same options for Hard Drives, up to 500GB HDD (5200RPM or 7200RPM) and up to 512GB SSD. The 17″ MacBook Pro features the NVidia GeForce 330M which supports 512MB of graphics at 2.66GHz config, and 256MB on 2.53GHz, as well as Intel HD graphics shared with the main memory at 256MB.

Overview

Definitely an interesting update especially with the NVidia 330M graphics on all models and the difference in graphics performance based on Intel graphics. We’ll have to see how these go down the lines. All models of the new MacBook Pros are available right now from Apple’s online store. But all-in-all, we still have no sign of Blu-Ray on Macs, maybe next time eh!

Published by R-Tech

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