MacBook Pro Gets an Ivy Bridge UpdateBy: Sean Patterson - June 11, 2012
The reveals and surprises are finally coming out of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and the details will be discussed and parsed for days. The next generation of MacBook looks good – and its price looks amazing – but Apple isn’t giving up on a lower-priced MacBooks for the average consumer.
Apple has updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro models with better video cards and Ivy Bridge Intel processors. The lower-priced version will cost $1199 and comes with a 2.5 GHz dual-core i5 processor. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive.
The higher-priced 13-inch MacBook Pro will cost $1499 and comes with a 2.9 GHz dual-core i7 CPU. It comes with 8 GB of RAM, a 750 GB hard drive, and an Intel HD 4000 graphics card.
Both 13-inch models have a battery that will last for up to 7 hours, according to Apple, and they both have a 1440 x 900 display.
As for the 15-inch models, both also have a 1440 x 900 display, 7 hours of battery life, are 0.95 inches thick, and weigh 5.6 pounds. The lower-priced 15-inch, which will cost $1799, has a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and a 512 MB GeForce GT 650M graphics card. The higher priced version will cost $2199 and has a 2.6 GHz quad-core i7, 8 GB of RAM, a 750 GB hard drive, and a 1 GB GeForce GT 650M graphics card.
All of these models will be available starting today, presumably right after Apple’s conference presentation is over. Of course, if you have the $2199 for a 15-inch MacBook, you are going to want to take a look at the “new” MacBook Pro, which comes with a nice retina display and tons of great hardware for that same $2199.