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MacBook Pro Gets an Ivy Bridge Update

    June 11, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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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.