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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:48 AM   #1
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Apple Bumps MacBook Pro with Processor, Graphics, Storage Upgrades







Apple today quietly released a minor update to its MacBook Pro line, offering upgraded processor, and in some cases graphics and/or storage options at the same price points as the previous models. Portions of the improved specs had been leaked to 9to5Mac by reliable source Mr. X late yesterday.




Among the key changes:

13-inch MacBook Pro:

- Processor options move from 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 to 2.4 GHz and 2.8 GHz options.

- Hard drive options offer increased capacity, moving from 320 GB in the low-end configuration and 500 GB in the high-end configuration to 500 GB and 750 GB respectively.

15-inch MacBook Pro:

- Standard processor options move from 2.0 GHz and 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 to 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz options. The high-end custom processor option at 2.3 GHz has now become a 2.5 GHz option.

- For discrete graphics, Apple had previously offered the AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB of memory on the low-end configuration and the Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB of memory on the high-end configuration. Apple has now moved the 6750M to the low-end configuration with 512 MB of memory and given the high-end configuration a Radeon HD 6770M with 1 GB of memory.

- The previous build-to-order option of a 500 GB hard drive running at 7200 rpm has been bumped to a 750 GB drive at the same speed.

17-inch MacBook Pro:

- Processor speeds have been bumped from a base 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 with a 2.3 GHz upgrade option to a 2.4 GHz base processor with a 2.5 GHz option.

- Graphics have been improved from the AMD Radeon 6750M with 1 GB of memory to the Radeon HD 6770M, also with 1 GB of memory.

- The previous build-to-order option of a 500 GB hard drive running at 7200 rpm has been bumped to a 750 GB drive at the same speed.



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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:52 AM   #2
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Do they get less hot than their previous iterations? My 13" MBP (base model) gets HOT if there's a little more going on. TurboBoost, I guess. I wish there was a way to disable it.

With the clock going UP, I don't see how the temperature is going DOWN...
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:52 AM   #3
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Finally 500 gig standard in all Pro's
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:53 AM   #4
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A very uninspiring update :/ I guess I'll wait for the Ivy Bridge MBPs next year.

Also, anyone else noticed that they haven't put the little "New" icon above the MacBook Pros on the store page, like they usually do?
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:53 AM   #5
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Wow they changed also the gfx card, not bad for a minor update/speed bump!
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:53 AM   #6
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Glad to see improvements at the same price.... just wish I could have them on MY computer oh well.. I'm happy with what I have.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:54 AM   #7
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Meh... here was me hoping for SSD to be standard (at least in the higher configs).
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:55 AM   #9
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thumbs down if you think specs still stink 4 price.

No 8GB Standard,
No SS standard at near 2k.
No better bluetooth
No better display's

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:55 AM   #10
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Do they get less hot than their previous iterations? My 13" MBP (base model) gets HOT if there's a little more going on. TurboBoost, I guess. I wish there was a way to disable it.

With the clock going UP, I don't see how the temperature is going DOWN...
They needs to get hot, because they cool down with the unibody aluminum case as well, sure you fell hot but its colder inside. Remember also to keep it on a surface where it can dissipate like a table, not on your legs, bed, second skin ecc. At least when you're doing heavy tasks.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:56 AM   #11
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SSD prices are still laughable... MBA definitely offers a fair bang for its buck.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:56 AM   #12
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Hmm i just bought a MBA 13" 128 gb. Should i return it and get one of the new MBP 13"?
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256GB SSD for 400 as an option. Gulp
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:57 AM   #14
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I'm surprised by the bump in GPU too.

I wonder whether the iMac will also see a minor speed bump this year? Intel will be releasing the Core i7-2700K soon as a bump to the Core i7-2600K. The iMacs could also use some 64MB cache HDDs and a 3TB option.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 06:57 AM   #15
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Nice updates in my honest opinion.
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What kind of bump will this be on benchmarks? 20%?
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Wow they changed also the gfx card, not bad for a minor update/speed bump!
hopefully the newer ones don't use more power... since they kick in upon firing quite a lot of non-3D intensive apps such as Chrome...
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Can someone explain to me what the advantage is of the 2.5GHz quad core i7 processor which is available as a 200 extra compared to the 2.4GHz quad core i7 processor that comes as standard on the top end 15' model?

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Hmm i just bought a MBA 13" 128 gb. Should i return it and get one of the new MBP 13"?
No. You should return it and get a MBA 256 instead. Believe me, 128 GB is a tad small.
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This is a lot more than last year's mid-cycle bump up. Not sure what some people were expecting but Apple were never going to do anything radical.
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Wow, not bad! Should i buy now?
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How much better is the high end gpu?
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Can someone explain to me what the advantage is of the 2.5GB quad core i7 processor which is available as a 200 extra compared to the 2.4GB quad core i7 processor that comes as standard on the top end 15' model?
other than the 6MB L3 vs. 8MB L3 that is!

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No Bluetooth 4.0 though. I guess that might have required an antennae redesign, which goes against the drop-in philosophy of these speed bump updates.
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