Apple launches greener, faster MacBook Pro

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics. Apple says the new MacBook Pro is available in 15-inch models with a new mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display and a 17-inch model with an optional high-resolution display.

All models include a built-in iSight video camera, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adaptor that safely disconnects when under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking.

Every MacBook Pro model includes an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 4MB of shared L2 cache, an 800MHz frontside bus and 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory -- which Apple says runs pro-level applications such as Final Cut Pro 6 more than 50 percent faster than the original (Core Duo) MacBook Pro. Each model also includes an nVidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chip, which is more than 50 per cent faster than the original MacBook Pro's chip, according to Apple.

The MacBook Pro’s lightweight, aluminium enclosure is just one-inch thin and is available in three models: 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro models, and a 2.4GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro model. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro models feature a brand-new, power-efficient LED-backlit display and are the first of Apple’s notebooks to transition to LED backlighting as part of the company’s effort to eliminate the use of mercury in its products.

The 17-inch model now offers a new optional 1,920-x-1,200 high-resolution display, providing over 30 per cent more screen real estate than the standard 1680-x-1050 display.

The new MacBook Pro also includes Gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a FireWire 800 and a FireWire 400 port, a backlit illuminated keyboard, an ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot for expansion solutions such as 3G wireless networking, and a DVI video output.

The 2.2GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro costs £1,105 plus VAT, while the 2.4GHz model costs £1,360 plus VAT. The2.4GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro is priced at £1,530 plus VAT.

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