Apple updates Macbook Pro

Apple® today updated its MacBook® Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics in a stunning, lightweight, aluminum enclosure that is just one-inch thin. 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 for video conferencing on-the-go, Apple's MagSafe® Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.*

"With Intel Core 2 Duo performance, more memory and state-of-the-art graphics, this MacBook Pro is a portable powerhouse for creative and professional users," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Apple's notebooks have always led the industry in innovation with features like built-in 802.11 and the MagSafe Power Adapter, and now the industry's first 15-inch LED-backlit display is another step toward completely eliminating mercury from our displays."

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i really hope that apple someday release a mid range laptop, the macbook its crap and overpriced and macbook pro its too expensive.

If i can get a macbook but with discrete vcard it would be cool

I wouldn't say the Macbook is "crap" - it clearly depends what you want it for. For most things its pretty good - for most things a general user wants its fine.

I'm personally thinking of buying a Macbook Pro in October when Leopard comes out. Its more than I'd spend otherwise, but I think OS X and the build quality make it worthwhile.

Does Apple make light laptop (3 lbs or less)? Thanks!

I'm using a Thinkpad X60s, and my friend likes its lightweight and performance, but prefers Apple's laptop.

MacBooks are 5.1lbs. They're rumoured to be bringing out a new sub-notebook that will presumably be very light... Maybe announced at the WWDC next week, but more likely sometime in September.

sigh... they shud have at least added a geforce go 7950 gtx as an option... or 2 in sli...

the 8600 series is kinda useless as dx10 cards... probably doesnt have enough juice in it to play dx10 games with all the flashy effects, well not at an acceptable framerate at least...

riku0116 said,
sigh... they shud have at least added a geforce go 7950 gtx as an option... or 2 in sli...

the 8600 series is kinda useless as dx10 cards... probably doesnt have enough juice in it to play dx10 games with all the flashy effects, well not at an acceptable framerate at least...

lol, dude it's a notebook, not a desktop system. I don't think any note book has an sli setup up till now. So with SLI you are looking at major heating and lesser battery life. Seriously man, if u wanna play games, go to your desktop. A notebook can never ever substitute a PC.
And not to mention with SLI u are looking at major price increase, this thing is already quite pricy (for guys like me)....

I got all excited when I clicked on the above link to the apple website and noticed the price was only $1999. Too bad I'm from Canada and the actual price is still 2199 CAN... oh well.

So I noticed.

Anyone seen the LED screens in person? Just wondering how much better than the regular LCD they are?

let us know or show a comparison with pics or video :D

Nice that they are updated, but I really wish the price was just a little cheaper. I guess I'll have to get a MacBook instead.

Indeed. The change from ATI to NVIDIA is a nice one but the rest of it still makes it massively overpriced (thought not as bad as it was last week, haha). For the same money, you can get the Acer 20" screen laptop!

excalpius said,
Indeed. The change from ATI to NVIDIA is a nice one but the rest of it still makes it massively overpriced (thought not as bad as it was last week, haha). For the same money, you can get the Acer 20" screen laptop! :)

It is funny that people always assume Apple products to be overpriced.
Maybe it is the case for iPod but not for Macbook Pro.
Go to Dell web site and configure a system with the same spec and you will find out

1. The fastest CPU available to the cheap models (Inspiron) is the old 2.0GHz T7200 CPU not the new 800MHz FSB 2.2GHz the new MBP has

2. So you will have to get either Latitude D830 or Precision M65

3. When you customize it don't forget to add all those optional features that MBP has on standard. For example, 2GB RAM, 802.11n, bluetooth, 1440x900 screen

For example, the D830 can be configured as

Same spec as MBP:
T7500, 2GB RAM, 5400RPM 120GB HD, 802.11n, bluetooth, 3 years warranty

Difference:
D830 has better screen 1920x1200 vs MBP's 1440x900
D830 has crappy Intel integrated graphics vs MBP's nVidia 8600 DirectX 10 with 128MB RAM

So, what is the price difference?
That D830 is $2244 and MBP is $1999 + $349 (upgrade to 3 years warranty) = $2348

How could you say it is massively overpriced?
I did not take into account the magnesium case, 1-inch thickness, 5.5 lbs, slot-load DVD burner, and the appearance?

I am not a fanboy of Apple, but I do own a MBP.
I bought it simply because it is the best value for the spec (especially the thickness and weight) that I want.
Not all people need a machine this fast.
Sure, you can get cheap notebooks like the Inspiron or the HP dv6000 consumer line, but don't compare their prices to MBP because the spec are different.
Usually those consumer line only offers lower spec like slower CPU and 1280x800 screen.
If you want the something that is comparable to the MBP, you have to get a business line model, which will end up costing the same as, if not more than, the MBP.