Without much ado, no trumpets blaring and not much of a media hype, Apple busted out their new Macbook Pro notebooks with Intel Core 2 Duo processors, ideal for business and creative professionals such as those in the graphics and photography sectors.
The new Macs are touted to be 39% faster than their predecessors and more than 7 times faster than the 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4 running industry standard benchmarks; they’ve got 4MB of shared L2 cache in their bellies.
Two 15-inch models are debuting, tipping the scales at 5.6 lbs.: one is a 2.16 GHz beauty that sells for $2,000, then there is a 2.33 GHz version for $2,500. The 17-inch MacBook Pro, weighing 6.8 lbs. is available starting next week for $2,800.
Apple has enhanced its Mac OS X operating system to take advantage of the technology advances from Intelâ€™s Core 2 Duo processors, resulting in increased performance in professional applications like Aperture 1.5, Final Cut Pro 5 and Logic Pro 7.
MacBook Pro delivers advanced performance including 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable up to 3GB, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics with up to 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory, and a double-layer SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs.