Last week at WWDC Apple renewed the whole line of MacBook Pro notebook computers. Now all aluminum unibody MacBooks are considered a MacBook Pro. With price ranging from $1,199 for 13-inch to $1,699 for 15-inch and finally up to $2,499 on the 17-inch model. These models are now available and I was told that itechia will have them in Saudi Arabia within a week.
The batteries on all the MacBook Pro models are now non-user-replaceable just like the 17-inch models. Supporting up to 7 hours for 13-inch, 7 hours for 15-inch, 6 hours for 15-inch with 9600M GT video card enabled, 8 hours for 17-inch and 7 hours for 17-inch with 9600M GT video card!
Six and a half hours, out of a 5.5 lbs notebook. For comparison, the older MacBook Pro could only manage 3 hours and 17 minutes in the same test. The new notebook lasted almost twice as long. Mathematically, this doesn’t make sense. There’s only a 46% increase in battery capacity, there shouldnâ€™t be a ~100% increase in battery life…ever.
MacRumors has discovered that the some of the new MacBook Pro machines are using the slower SATA 1 (1.5Gbit speed) unlike the previous unibody models which had SATA 2 (3Gbit speed). These will effect Solid State Drives (SSD) and not regular hard drives though.
The new MacBook Pros are equiped with Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors with 1066MHz frontside bus. The CPU models are: P8400 at 2.26GHz, P8700 at 2.53GHz, P8800 2.66GHz with 3MB L2 cache and T9600 2.8GHz, T9900 3.06GHz with 6MB L2 cache.
The machines support 1066MHz DDR3 up to 8GB which is more than enough. The 8GB upgrade will cost $1,000 from Apple and OWC announced that they are selling 8GB DDR3 1066MHz memory upgrades for $640.
FireWire returns to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple has removed the FireWire port in the unibody MacBooks and now FireWire 800 (800 mbps) is in all models of the MacBook Pro.
iFixit teared down the 13-inch MacBook Pro and took a look at the components.
TQB took unboxing pictures of a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Apple has cut the prices of older MacBooks and MacBook Pros
Reviews and Benchmarks
PC Magazine reviewed the 13-inch MacBook Pro and gave it an Editor’s Choice award as well as “Greentech Approved”. They also reviewed the 15-inch MacBook Pro and gave it 4 stars (to be honest I didn’t like their reasons for not liking it, ExpressCard is used by a minor percent of people).
Macworld updated their benchmark results with the new MacBook Pro numbers.