Apple MacBook Pro Unboxing: Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge, and More
At 1100 hours, two analysts went out to retrieve a top-secret package from an undisclosed location—they came back with two MacBook Pros, a 13-inch and 15-inch. Apple has upgraded its Pro line of laptops to include a new interface called Thunderbolt, technology from Intel (code-named Light Peak) that boasts 10Gbps transfer speeds (twice as fast as USB 3.0). The port looks identical to the mini-DisplayPort featured on previous models. The company has also changed up its graphics solution, going from the Nvidia GeForce 330M to the AMD Radeon 6750.
Video chatting enthusiasts will also be happy about the addition of an HD Webcam that, when used in tandem with the FaceTime app, will allow users to chat in beautiful 720p. The CPU has received an upgrade with Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors in the form of Core i5 and i7. Prices for the two MacBook Pro 13-inch models are $1,199 and $1,499. The MacBook Pro 15-inch will cost $1,799 and $2,199 for its two configurations, while the 17-inch MacBook Pro will start at $2,499.
Below is a slideshow of the unboxing, featuring a side-by-side look at the old and the new 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops. Be sure to check back in for are full review, as we are currently testing.
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