Apple Launches MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt, Quad Core CPUs, AMD GPUs

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    While not all the rumors leading up to the launch were true, many of the last minute leaks were accurate, and Apple still managed to sneak in a few surprises.

    Apple launched the new MacBook Pros this morning after much anticipation. For the first time ever, Apple has included Quad Core CPUs into their notebooks. The 15" and 17" models offer Quad Core CPUs using the Intel 2.2GHz Quad Core 2720QM and 2.0GHz Quad Core 2630QM. While many applications may not take advantage of all 4 cores, these new Sandy Bridge processors include Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0, which should increase the speed of the remaining cores when the others are underutilized.
    The maximum Turbo clock speeds for the 2720QM and 2630QM are 3.2GHz and 2.9GHz respectively.

    Apple has also introduced a hybrid Thunderbolt/mini Display port on the new MacBook Pros. This represents Intel's Light Peak technology which is said to offer high speed connections and is expected to replace the need for USB 3.0. We expect to hear more about it this afternoon at Intel's press conference. From Apple's PR:
    The new models are at the Apple Store:

    (Still filling in specs, as we get them)

    Article Link: Apple Launches MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt, Quad Core CPUs, AMD GPUs
     
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    was really hoping for the 16 gig sdd :/ oh well
     
  3. macrumors 65816

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    Third!! Great update! Not a great time for me though.
     
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    2,3GHZ core i3 thats nothing faster than the previous C2D 2,4Ghz.
    It's just a new name for almost the same processor
     
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    I'm still waiting for the Apple Store website to come back up!
     
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    Not at all what I was expecting.

    I might have considered $999 for the low end 13".
     
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    Prices are ... thank you for the fish ...

    Bye, Apple.
     
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    it is an i5
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Quad core i7's and AMD GPU's? This is exactly the update I was hoping for!!! My 2006 MBP is officially being retired and I'm buying a top-spec new one. With Quad i7 and AMD Graphics!!! Thank you Apple!!! :D :D :D
     
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    Shhhh... can you hear that? That's the sound of all the people who screamed 'fake' yesterday with absolute certainty. Quiet isn't it?
     
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    priceless when that happens ;)
     
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    Still no matte option for 13inch

    Apparently there is still only a glossy 13inch MBP...

    I hate to be a complainer (the rest of the specs on all the models look pretty nice) but I can't believe they still won't give the 13inch MBP this option. So far Apple still hasn't put out a computer that makes me want to upgrade:(

    Maybe there will be a BTO option later - I can dream:eek:
     
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    So no BTO Display for the 13"?
    Thanks...
    So my friend has to wait and i will not sell my 2010 13" to him!
     
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    Haha everyone was like pssh quad core is NOT happening...now the 15" aaaaand the 17" have them!
     
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    Alright. Well I'm not going through the hassle to sell my late 2008 Macbook Pro for just minor updates... I'll wait another year.
     
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    Hey guys, it's also worth noting that they updated the Mac OS Lion section with new info and listed features. Check it out.
     
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    The store is still down though :( But I see the new models are up on the regular website.
     
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    wtf??? what is this crap??? 7 hours battery time on the 13"
     
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    Noticed that too. Hoping either:

    1) It was 7 hours before, and I'm misremembering.

    2) It's a typo.

    If the battery life for the 13-inch laptops has indeed *dropped* 3 hours, I'm totally skipping these.
     
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    Optional i7 in the 13"... wow
     
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    Nice... but my previous generation 2.66GHz MacBook Pro will last me a few years still I think. :)

    Still curious as to why lightpeak is integrated into the display port rather than the USB ports.
     

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