Apple has introduced a refresh to its line of MacBook Pro laptop computers, raising CPU speeds, memory capacity and improving graphics performance across the line. The new systems can accommodate up to 4GB of RAM and feature CPU speeds of up to 2.4GHz.
The new MacBook Pros are also the first Apple laptops to feature mercury-free, LED-backlit displays that Apple CEO Steve Jobs first hinted at in an open letter in May discussing Apple’s environmental efforts. Apple noted that the new displays are more power-efficient than their predecessors. Other improvements to the line include an optional higher-resolution display —1920 x 1200 — for the 17-inch model (1680 x 1050 pixels remains standard on the 17-inch model).
The new models are clocked at either 2.2GHz or 2.4GHz (up from 2.16 or 2.33GHz, respectively) and utilise Intel’s Core 2 Duo microprocessors equipped with 4MB of shared Level 2 cache, and 800MHz frontside bus and standard 2GB of 667MHz DDR SDRAM memory.
All of the new MacBook Pros also feature 8x dual layer/double layer “SuperDrives,” built-in iSight cameras, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless networking, Expresscard/34 expansion, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, two USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 800 port and Firewire 400 port.
The MacBook Pros ship with Mac OS X v10.4.9 and include Apple’s standard iLife applications along with Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.
The new MacBook Pros are now shipping. The base 15-inch model is clocked at 2.2GHz and includes a 120GB hard disk drive. It’s priced at US$1999. The 15-inch is also available at 2.4GHz with a 160GB hard disk for $2499. The 2.4GHz, 160GB 17-inch model costs $2799. The higher-resolution display for the 17-inch adds $100 to the price.