Apple Updates the MacBook Pro Line




Without any announcement, Apple updated its line of MacBook Pro notebook computers today with faster processors, and a few models got larger hard drives and improved GPUs. 

The changes are across the board, affecting the entry level 13-inch models all the way up to the ultra-wide 17-inch model. The improvements have no impact on price, and the computers are cosmetically identical to the previous generation.

The 13-inch models gained an extra 0.1 GHz of speed, going from a dual-core 2.3 GHz processor to dual-core 2.4 GHz. That’s about as minor of an improvement as you can get, but hey, who’s complaining? The more impressive update to the entry-level MacBook Pros is the internal hard drives. They got bumped up to a 500GB, 5400 rpm drive (the previous model had 320GB). The faster version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro now sports a dual-core 2.8 GHz processor (up from 2.7 GHz), and a 750GB, 5400 rpm drive (up from 500GB).

The 15-inch and 17” MacBook Pro models made out a little better speed-wise, getting bumped up an extra 0.2 GHz. Now you’ll have the option of a 2.2 or a 2.4 GHz quad-core i7 on the 15-inch models, while the 17-inch got boosted from 2.2 GHz to 2.4. The hard drive sizes remain the same, but the graphics processors have been bumped up to a 6750M with 512MB memory on the 15-inch, 2.2 GHz model (up from 6490M 256MB), and to the 6770M with 1GB memory on the 2.4 GHz 15-inch and 17-inch models (up from 6750M).