Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebook line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models. The Mac maker has also updated its MacBook line for home users.

The new MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology with up to a 2.6GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive, plus an nVida GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip with up to 512MB of video memory.


Every MacBook Pro now includes a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support -- as introduced in the Macbook Air -- for pinch, rotate and swipe. It also has an illuminated keyboard that makes it ideal for dimly lit environments such as airplanes and studios and a built-in ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the brightness of the display for optimal visibility.

Every MacBook and MacBook Pro includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go; Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord and safely disconnects when under strain; the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g; built-in Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking; Bluetooth; analogue and digital audio inputs and outputs; USB 2.0; FireWire® and a built-in SuperDrive®.

The standard 2.4GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro costs £1,105 plus VAT. It features a 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-x-900 LCD display; a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache; 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 200GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm; and an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB RAM.

The standard 2.5GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro costs £1,360 plus VAT. Its specs include a 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-x-900 LCD display; a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM; a 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm; and an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB RAM.


The standard 2.5GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro costs £1,530 plus VAT. It has a a 17-inch widescreen 1680-x-1050 LCD display; a 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache; 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM; a 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm; and an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB RAM.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to up to 4GB RAM, a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 200GB (7,200rpm), 250GB (5,400rpm) or a 300GB (4,200rpm) hard drive, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple USB Modem, glossy widescreen display, 17-inch LED-backlit 1920-x-1200 high-resolution display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.