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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

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.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.
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:
“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
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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macrumors member
May 29, 2010
2,3GHZ core i3 thats nothing faster than the previous C2D 2,4Ghz.
It's just a new name for almost the same processor


macrumors 65816
Sep 20, 2002
Not at all what I was expecting.

I might have considered $999 for the low end 13".


macrumors 6502
Dec 9, 2010
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


macrumors 68040
May 10, 2005
Shropshire, UK
Shhhh... can you hear that? That's the sound of all the people who screamed 'fake' yesterday with absolute certainty. Quiet isn't it?


macrumors 65816
Apr 28, 2008
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:


macrumors newbie
Feb 20, 2011
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Haha everyone was like pssh quad core is NOT the 15" aaaaand the 17" have them!

BJB Productions

macrumors 65816
Nov 10, 2008
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.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 8, 2010
Hey guys, it's also worth noting that they updated the Mac OS Lion section with new info and listed features. Check it out.


Aug 18, 2005
The store is still down though :( But I see the new models are up on the regular website.


macrumors 68000
Feb 27, 2004
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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