Apple refreshes MacBook Pro line

Apple took their store down briefly this morning to introduce a refreshed line up of new MacBook Pros.

The entire range of 13.3, 15.4 and 17 inch models have been updated with Intel Core processors ranging from 2.4GHz to 2.66GHz with options for glossy, high resolution glossy and high resolution glossy with anti-glare displays available on 15 and 17-inch models. An option of a 512GB SSD is also available across the entire range but be prepared to stump up some hard earned cash for that option, priced at over £1000 ($1000) on all MacBook Pros. 15 and 17-inch customers can also choose between Intel i5 and i7 processors which include the upgraded graphics capabilities of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M. 13" customers see an upgraded NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card, 10-hour battery and faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

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The Hyper Threading features creates 4 virtual cores(QUAD CORE) and can increase the speeds as well with Turbo Boost. So in essence QUAD CORE technically. Still Dual Core


i have to question if this is even newsworthy.

a minor product refresh on the apple store? wow!

neoWIN seems to be more and more about APPLE news. there are more apple news stories per week than any other subject/brand.

what about he recent nvidia gpu launch? or the nvidia driver problem that killed peoples' gpu's?

what about windows pc manufacturer product updates?

what about new dell/hp/etc products?

i'm sure apple news is exciting and all for people that care about apple, and i'm not saying that those stories don't have a place on neowin, but i think this is also my sign to find another tech news site that doesn't seem to be obsessed with every little thing that apple does.

been here 8 years, regged for 5 btw. used to be tonnes of windows platform news and daily updates on gaming news as well...

I think you underestimate how many Apple users are on this site, and how many even PC people love to see the new MacBooks releases.

You can submit whatever news to the news desk or to the back page. If you look at the Apple forums on this board, you will see that this has been something that people have been asking about as far back as December. So saying it is irrelevant only seems to be applicable to you.

treemonster said,
i have to question if this is even newsworthy.

a minor product refresh on the apple store? wow!

neoWIN seems to be more and more about APPLE news. there are more apple news stories per week than any other subject/brand.

From my own observations from using this site for the past 9 years, Neowin has ALWAYS reported Apple news. It use to be in its own section, while MS news was "Main Page News." The name of the website is just that, a name. You have derived that "Win" stands for "Windows" but that is not specified anywhere. It does sound to me like you would feel better about a 100% MS fanboy site, I'm sure there are a lot out there. Although, we would miss the deep insight you present in your comments attached to news posts that you have no interest in.

Edited by Shadrack, Apr 13 2010, 11:49pm :

When i can buy the 13" MacBook pro with the advertised price (with 160gb hard drive and such) but with something like a 500gb drive ill consider it...

the build quality of a mac is really nice, and some of the hardware inside to, but not nice enough for their price...

NO QUAD CORES!!! THIS MBP LINE IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF JUNK! Two thousand and three hundred dollars for a dual core system. That's insane. I'm switching to sony.

Luis Mazza said,
NO QUAD CORES!!! THIS MBP LINE IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF JUNK! Two thousand and three hundred dollars for a dual core system. That's insane. I'm switching to sony.

Apple has Quad Cores MBPs as well.

Luis Mazza said,

No, they don't... the i7 upgrade and i5 version are dual core only.

Yes they do, but not with i5 or i7 :-)

Edited by ilev, Apr 13 2010, 5:33pm :

I've bought a MBP last week , had given up waiting for a refresh . Now I so want to switch it for the new model !

dknm said,
I've bought a MBP last week , had given up waiting for a refresh . Now I so want to switch it for the new model !

If you bought it last week, CALL THEM. or goto the store. They should give you the new one.

Azies said,

Are you serious?! -looks up the page- WTF?


13.3" macbook pro comes with only core2 duo. Price is $1499 for 2.66 GHz option.
Anyone who would buy a core2 duo laptop for $1499 can seriously benefit from investing his money into gray-cell enhancing foods.

Unplugged said,
You do live in the uk right?

As far as I know £1000 is still around $1540. Not sure what he meant: Apple's price tag or the currency exchange rate.

Edited by .Neo, Apr 13 2010, 1:32pm :

.Neo said,

As far as I know £1000 is still around $1540. Not sure what he meant: Apple's price tag or the currency exchange rate.

I think the UK comment was in regard to "rip off britain" where it's quite common for companies to simply switch the $ for a £ sign.

They have to take their entire store down to introduce a new product? Sack the programmer who wrote your store I say.

On topic though, they look very nice and drool-worthy. Not sure they're worth if though. Can get a much more powerful PC with Windows 7 for the same price.

TCLN Ryster said,
They have to take their entire store down to introduce a new product? Sack the programmer who wrote your store I say.

I'm not sure they have to, it could also be to build buzz.
(and yes, it did this time too, with a few "store is down, I wonder what's up!" stories around the web)

They get free and instant press on every Apple blog whenever the store goes down, I doubt it's a technical issue.

Edited by Stetson, Apr 13 2010, 1:00pm :

The last I heard, their entire site is hand coded. They don't use any type of content management system and the free press never hurts.

I do wish Apple would give an option for the keyboards, probably not a simple thing to do. I say this just because I prefer the keyboard on models like MacBook Pro's from '08. (Grey /silver keyboard that feel that they fit the fingers more so then the flat, new black keyboards).

The new keyboards are inset because a traditional keyboard could push up against the glass panel on the glossy models.

Hot said,
The new keyboards are inset because a traditional keyboard could push up against the glass panel on the glossy models.

Yeah, but they do anyway if you carry your MBP around in a bag or sachel, or whatever.

Pauleh said,

Yeah, but they do anyway if you carry your MBP around in a bag or sachel, or whatever.

I just really like how the keys fit my fingers, idk - just prefer it lol

disappointed.

apple is making cheap money again but doing the exact clever strategies while doing less than what the hype it got.

Interesting, for 400 more i can get the same hardware(pretty much) as in my HP notebook and an apple logo, and an OS that isnt compatible with most games and will end up running windows on it anyways since Win7 is just that good

No thanks!

Neoauld said,
Interesting, for 400 more i can get the same hardware(pretty much) as in my HP notebook and an apple logo, and an OS that isnt compatible with most games and will end up running windows on it anyways since Win7 is just that good

No thanks!

So what?
Then don't buy it.
Now that didn't hurt, did it?

Neoauld said,
Interesting, for 400 more i can get the same hardware(pretty much) as in my HP notebook and an apple logo, and an OS that isnt compatible with most games and will end up running windows on it anyways since Win7 is just that good

No thanks!

For the $400 more you have the privilege of running OS X.

roadwarrior said,

Grown ups have more important things to do.

So people over 18 do not game correct? Fail comment of the day. I would think a "grown up" would know better than to post something like that.

Edited by PixilEyes, Apr 13 2010, 1:34pm :

Neoauld said,
Interesting, for 400 more i can get the same hardware(pretty much) as in my HP notebook and an apple logo, and an OS that isnt compatible with most games and will end up running windows on it anyways since Win7 is just that good

No thanks!

+1

roadwarrior said,

Grown ups have more important things to do.

Because the average age for gaming isnt like 35(last i heard) or anything right. Honestly, 'mature' ppl dont post stupid comments like that. Gaming is just another pass time, just like sports or any other hobby. Fail mac fanboy comment.

Field Commander A9 said,

Like showing off how rich they are by buying something expensive and impratical?

Being rich has nothing to do with it. I finished school and make alot of money now, and im not dumb enough to buy something when i can get exactly the same for much less. Not to say buying a mac is dumb for everyone, just most as the few unique things to a mac no one ever needs.

Neoauld said,
Interesting, for 400 more i can get the same hardware(pretty much) as in my HP notebook and an apple logo, and an OS that isnt compatible with most games and will end up running windows on it anyways since Win7 is just that good

No thanks!

Well, this is the one area where I will actually back up Apple. Not because of OS X, which is not very impressive anymore, but because of the hardware.

The HP has a one in four chance of failing after just three years. The Apple has about one in eight to one in ten. When you call up their support, you will actually speak to someone that speaks English and who will try to help fix your problem (though they are far from being a "Genius," but I would never be calling for something I can fix and I am calling to get it replaced anyway). Also, in many places, you can go in to the store and get almost immediate service (by appointment), and in many cases they will simply replace the machine. Finally, that HP also has no where near the battery life, which is a huge deal for me (so I am only considering Asus and Apple for my notebook purchase next month).

Now, compare that to HP, or Dell. My girlfriend's Dell just had her battery die after a little over a year and a half even though she has 3 years of "Complete Care" (she could throw the computer against a wall or spill something in it and they'll replace it). However, apparently, somehow the battery is only under warranty for a year and since it failed on its own: tough luck. What?! Of course, now we have a ticket in their system marking the warranty inquiry so it will be awhile before we can try a different route (conveniently, parts of the computer are failing). That is why I will never buy Dell, and for the same reason, I will never buy HP, which operates on the exact same level (only decent quality meant to meet high quantities and not high qualities).

In summary, it boils down to hardware quality, battery life and after-purchase warranty support. I will be the first in line to complain that Apple charges more than they should (they have $40 billion sitting in the bank for a reason), but I will also say that they do offer reasons to buy them other than OS X (which is NOT a reason to buy it, in my opinion--I'd install Windows 7 on any personal Mac with OS X as the secondary OS). With all of this said, I will agree that most people are buying Mac's for the wrong reasons: flashy, pretty computers and for OS X. I only suggest a Mac as a computer for its hardware, battery life and solid support--just buy Apple Care before your year is up (you can buy at any time within the first year).

Edited by pickypg, Apr 13 2010, 5:11pm : "with that said" part

Jelly2003 said,
USB 3?

Doubtful, I think it's still a little early for that to go mainstream. I think this will only pick up for real in 2011.

Jelly2003 said,
USB 3?

Nope. It's gonna take a while before it goes mainstream anyway, and Apple (usually) only goes for things it knows are gonna stick. Intel even said they wouldn't be doing it anytime soon (which is stupid) but yeah, it's definitely not a mainstream thing.

Just like that? Just a Apple store update and everything's done? They could've thrown out a press conference and let Steve rant about his new creations and how powerful they are!

Anyway, MacBook Pro 13" is not updated with Core i5/i7, was waiting for so long to have that

debsuvra said,
Just like that? Just a Apple store update and everything's done? They could've thrown out a press conference and let Steve rant about his new creations and how powerful they are!

Anyway, MacBook Pro 13" is not updated with Core i5/i7, was waiting for so long to have that


This is a common Apple thing. They roll out small refreshes, sometimes with no announcement or mention at all. Why no announcement? I don't know.

Edited by amon91, Apr 13 2010, 1:22pm :

damn, that's cool, if i didn't have a stationary PC this would be what i would get, i'm just waiting for a mac mini update now for my home theater setup

citan said,
damn, that's cool, if i didn't have a stationary PC this would be what i would get, i'm just waiting for a mac mini update now for my home theater setup

Heh, got a mac mini for my home theatre about 4 months ago... Best buy I've made in a while, does the job perfectly. Bundled with a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, bean bag and a nice screen = bliss.

stoshrocket said,

Heh, got a mac mini for my home theatre about 4 months ago... Best buy I've made in a while, does the job perfectly. Bundled with a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, bean bag and a nice screen = bliss.

yeah i have one as well but i watch 1080p movies on it and CPU decoding which is the only thing possible on osx isn't sufficient sometimes, so i need to use windows etc, next update though i'm sure will keep me from doing it

citan said,
damn, that's cool, if i didn't have a stationary PC this would be what i would get, i'm just waiting for a mac mini update now for my home theater setup

Nice I use my PS3 for that, works great.