It has been a trend that we have been noticing over the past few years – Apple has been bumping up the specs of its notebooks, even while bringing down their prices. True to form, the fruity company from Cupertino has done it again in its latest refresh of the MacBook Pro range. Among the additions are “next generation dual and quad Core processors” (yep, that’s from the release), better graphics, higher resolution FaceTime HD cameras, and a new I/O technology called Thunderbolt that is expected to add a new dimension to connectivity with external high performance peripherals with speeds of 10 gigabits per second. Oh, and the price of the range now starts from Rs 69,900 as compared to Rs 72,900 in the previous generation. Also Read - Intel introduces Alder Lake-HX Series processors: All you need to know
Getting into specifics, the 13-inch MacBook Pro now features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the 15-inch and 17-inch models comes with quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for better gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications. The new FaceBook camera now supports high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models andstandard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch. And yes, battery life remains on the impressive side, although the figure has come down from ten hours to seven now. Also Read - Asus BR1100 series laptops launched in India at Rs 24,999: Check specs, other details
All the models are running Mac OS Snow Leopard and come with the iLife suite of applications. And of course, the gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure and glass multi-touch trackpad are pretty much in place too. Here is the final price list (once again, we quote from the release):
“The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Authorized Resellers (www.apple.com/in). The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at Rs 69,900 Inc VAT (Rs. 66,571.43 ex VAT); and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at Rs 84,900 Inc VAT (Rs 80,857.14 ex VAT). The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at Rs 104,900 Inc VAT (Rs 99,904.76 ex VAT) and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at Rs 124,900 Inc VAT (Rs 118,952.38 ex VAT). The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at Rs 142,900 Inc VAT (Rs 136,095.24 ex VAT).”
More details are available on the Apple site. A bit on the expensive side when compared with more routine Windows notebooks? Aye. But more affordable and more powerful than before, say we. Yep, we always like to think that the glass is half-full.
And now, for the March 2 event.