Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the companys new high-end notebook
line during the special event being held at Apples headquarters in
The new MacBook Pro
will feature two graphic chipsets, the Nvidia GeForce 9400M embedded on
the motherboard and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M as a discreet part. The
graphics deliver 32 parallel graphics cores and 125 gigaflops of
graphics performance. Jobs said that using the 9400M you get five hours
of battery life and four hours with the 9600M.
Apple tests indicate the new graphics are five times faster than the integrated graphics of the current designs.
MacBook Pro will also come with a newly designed trackpad. The
multitouch glass trackpad has a 39 percent larger tracking area than
before, according to Jobs. The entire trackpad will act as button,
rather than having a separate button like the previous notebooks. Apple
has also added to its arsenal of multitouch gestures, adding
four-finger gestures with the latest release.
All of the
connectors are on the left side of the MacBook Pro and features a
unibody enclosure. Apple designer Jonathan Ive explained that Apple
learned a lot when making the MacBook Air and used that knowledge to
design the new MacBook Pro.
Of course, the MacBook Pro will
have all the features youve come to expect from an Apple notebook like
like backlit keyboards, magnetic latch, motion sensor, speakers, iSight
and microphone. Apple is also adding a mini display port on the new
A slot-loading SuperDrive will be on the right-hand side of the MacBook Pro.
less than an inch thick the new MacBook Pro will come in two models.
For $1999 you get a 15.4-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB L2cache,
an LED-backlit display and 2GB 1066 MGhz DDR 3 memory, both Nvidia
cards, a 250GB hard drive and the slot-loading SuperDrive.
other model costs $2499 and comes with 2.53GHz processor, 6MB L2, 4GB
of memory, 512MB on the Nvidia 9600M GT, 320GB hard drive.
The MacBook Pros are shipping today.
Apple Inc. plans to offer its first
Macintosh notebook priced at less than $1,000 this holiday
shopping season to attract budget-conscious consumers stung by
the global economic crisis.
Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs cut the price on the
current MacBook models to $999 today at an event at Apple's
headquarters in Cupertino, California. He also introduced an
aluminum-clad version with a glass display that will sell for
$1,299 and updated the MacBook Pro line with slimmer models.