Apple has updated its pro line of laptops adding Intel's Core 2 Duo processor. The MacBook Pro now also includes twice the standard RAM and higher capacity hard drives, as well as FireWire 800 ports.
The MacBook Pro with the Core 2 Duo is up to 39 per cent faster than the previous generation MacBook and more than seven times faster than the 1.67GHz PowerBook, according to Apple.
Application specific tasks show vast improvements over previous generation models, as well, with DV rendering and encoding increasing by 39 percent and Aperture running 25 per cent faster.
"The great thing about the performance of the Core 2 Duo is that you don't sacrifice desktop performance to get mobility," David Moody, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Mac Product Marketing, told Macworld. "With the MacBook you can take your studio completely mobile."
It is these pro level customers that also led to Apple's decision to increase the standard and build-to-order options for both RAM and hard drive capacity, the company says. Standard RAM configuration has gone from 512MB to 1GB on the low-end 15-inch model and 2GB on the high-end 15- and 17-inch models. The build-to-order option allows RAM to be further increased to 3GB.