Yuppers, the 2011 MacBook Pros are finally here and they are doozies! They include: Intel's new State-of-the-art Intel processors, Sandy Bridge; Thunderbolt. The next generation of I/O, also known as Light Peak; Game-changing graphics, but only on the 15 and 17 inch models, and, last, but not least FaceTime finally goes HD with triple the resolution of the previous built-in cams!
Unfortunately, as of this writing, the Apple Store is offline while they update the page, so the exact prices I can't give you, but, however, AppleInsider provides the following pricing:
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.
The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.
Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options and AppleCare® Protection Plan. Additional technical specifications and configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbookpro.
As you can see from the opening photo, taken from Apple's MacBook home page, the new models look pretty much like the previous models, but it's what's under the skin that matters. Intel's Sandy Bridge processors are a major advance over those of its predecessors and Light Peak, or is that Thunder Bolt, is unlike anything else out there. In the future, Thunder Bolt promises to radically change the landscape when it comes to interconnectivity, offering as it does two-way communications starting at 10GB per second and later scaling up to 100 GB per second! Whoah.... baby, now that's what I call bloody, screaming fast!
The addition of the built-in High-Definition Cam is a welcomed bonus, but for me what really counts is that not only is the Intel processor up to twice as fast as the older ones, and the graphics are now three times faster, plus the revolutionary option of Thunder Bolt technology, but we now have the option of a 512 GB SSD drive to boot, boot into that is!
Even though I was personally interested in getting a 15 inch model MacBook Pro before, after buying a 17 inch HP with an Intel i3, I'm not too sure I can except anything less, so I may end up buying the 17 inch version, if, of course, I can afford it! As nice as the HP is, neither it, or any other laptop for that matter, and as far as I'm concerned, can now come anywhere near Apple's new 2011 MacBook Pro models.
In conclusion, all I will say about the new MacBook Pro's can be sumed up in two words: They're HOT!
And that's my 2 cents on the new MacBook Pro 4 this Thurdays, February 24, 2011