Apple MacBook Pro Update = Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and more!

Today Apple shocked the crowd … OK they didn’t we saw it coming, but anyway, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line and from afar you probably can’t tell that they’ve changed it, even though the ports have changed, next to the previous gen still look the same, more on that in a minute.

Contrary to rumour-mill belief, the design of the MacBook Pro has stayed the same, its basically a spec bump, and quite a nice one to say its Apple.

ThunderBolt / Light Peak

There is something quite new and never seen before on the new MacBook Pro line, which is sure going to make it to the iMac and beyond soon no doubt, and thats Light Peak, or as Apple are calling it, ThunderBolt. Now don’t worry, this is not some crazy Pokemon move, no Pikachu is going to come out and attack you, this is the name of a whole new port that set to become an industry standard. The port is … well, literally is the Mini Display Port, all your Mini Display Port display(s) (adapters) will work as usual, but now with Light Peak / ThunderBolt technology you can enjoy a very powerful alternative to USB or Firewire, and with 1GBs/s of transfer rate, compared to USB 2.0 400MBs/s, ThunderBolt is quite electrifying power from one port, pardon the pun. The technology was developed mostly by Intel which has announced that the technology will be (for now, till 2012) exclusive to Apple machines, which could be good or bad really, bad for Windows OEMs, good for Apple, but also bad for Apple as many manufacturers might not bother making hardware for a small marketshare of machines, but hey, Apple are growing in Mac sales every year, so who knows.

Here are the new base specs for the MacBook Pro line all including the new ThunderBolt / Light Peak / Mini Display Port adapters.

13 inch

The new 13 inch MacBook Pro like before has 2 models to chose from, then you can configure onwards. The 13 inch features the same ports as the previous one, but one port has a secret new feature, as well as Magsafe (obviously), Ethernet, 2x USB, Audio in and out, SD Card slot, there’s the Mini Display Port, which actually doubles as the new ThunderBolt port.

First = £999 (or £879.60 on RKUK Media Apple Store*)

1280×800 LED Backlit Glossy display

2.3GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge Processor

4GB DDR3 RAM [now standard across all MBP line]

320GB 5400RPM HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000 (capable of 320MB of graphics shared with main memory)

Battery capable of typical 7 hours battery life.

Second = £1299 (or £1143.60 on RKUK Media Apple Store*)

1280×800 LED Backlit Glossy display

2.7GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge Processor

4GB DDR3 RAM [now standard across all MBP line]

500GB 5400RPM HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000 (capable of 320MB of graphics shared with main memory)

Battery capable of typical 7 hours battery life.

Upgraded/Customised to;

RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3 (+£160**)

Hard Drive: Up to 750GB 5400RPM (+£80**) or 512GB SSD (+£960**)

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15 inch

The new 15 inch MacBook Pro line has 2 base models to choose from, then configure onwards like the others. The 15 inch MacBook Pro is now completely Quad Core i7, no i5 or Dual Core now, just a purely speedy and fast machine, and with up to 1GB of dedicated graphics, a power computer too.

First = £1549 (or £1363.20 on RKUK Media Apple Store*)

1440×900 LED Backlit Glossy Display

2.0GHz (Quad-Core) Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge Processor

4GB DDR3 RAM [now standard across all MBP line]

500GB 5400RPM HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000 (capable of 320MB of graphics shared with main memory)

AMD Radeon HD 6490M capable of 256MB GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics.

Battery capable of typical 7 hours battery life.

Second = £1849 (or £1609.20 on RKUK Media Apple Store*)

1440×900 LED Backlit Glossy Display

2.2GHz (Quad-Core) Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge Processor

4GB DDR3 RAM [now standard across all MBP line]

750GB 5400RPM HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000 (capable of 320MB of graphics shared with main memory)

AMD Radeon HD 6750M capable of 1GB (1024MB) GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics.

Battery capable of typical 7 hours battery life.

Upgraded/Customised to;

Processor: Up to 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge (+£200**)

RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3 (+£160**)

Hard Drive: Up to 750GB 5400RPM or 500GB 7200RPM or 512GB SSD (+£880**)

Display: High Res Glossy Display 1680×1050 (+£80) or High Res Antiglare Display 1680×1050 (+£120)

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17 inch

The new 17 inch MacBook Pro really is the beast of notebook computers with the new Sandy Bridge Intel chipsets, powerful Quad Core processing, masses of video memory all on fantastic hardware fully integrated to Mac OSX, what more do you want eh!

Base = £2099 (or £1826.40 on RKUK Media Apple Store*)

1920×1200 LED Backlit High Res Glossy Display

2.2GHz (Quad-Core) Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge Processor

4GB DDR3 RAM [now standard across all MBP line]

750GB 5400RPM HDD

Intel HD Graphics 3000 (capable of 320MB of graphics shared with main memory)

AMD Radeon HD 6750M capable of 1GB (1024MB) GDDR5 Dedicated Graphics.

Battery capable of typical 7 hours battery life.

Upgraded/Customised to;

Processor: Up to 2.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge (+£200**)

RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3 (+£160**)

Hard Drive: Up to 750GB 5400RPM or 500GB 7200RPM or 512GB SSD (+£880**)

Display: High Res Antiglare Display (+£40)

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Visit Apple.com for more information on MacBook Pro lines, if you’re not in the UK click here!

*UK Only, you can access a cheaper Apple Macintosh purchase method by using our affiliate link in our Promos Page.

**Price based on the second notebook model, for the first model upgrading to this may cost slightly less.

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