Apple Rehauls MacBook Pro Range With i5, i7 Models

Apple has finally updated its existing Macbook Pro range and the most important addition is the promise of much longer battery life on all its laptops; 8 to 9 hours on its larger models and a sizzling 10 hours on the 13-inch version.

All Apple Macbook Pro laptops now come with 4GB as standard and a SD card slot. The cheapest version - which costs £999 - comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 2.4GHz with a 250GB hard disk drive and an Nvidia Geforce 320M graphics.

An additional £250 bumps the speed by 10 percent and the storage capacity by 70GB. At £1499 is one version which comes with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, a 320GB hard disk drive and the possibility to toggle between the onchip Intel HD graphics and Nvidia's own discrete solution, the GeForce GT 330M with 256 MB memory.

A further £150 buys a bigger 500GB hard disk drive and a 2.53GHz Core i5 processor and up one notch, at £1799, is the same laptop with an Intel Core i7 2.66Ghz instead.

Finally, £1899 gets you a Intel Core i5 2.53GHz model with a 500GB hard disk drive, an ExpressCard/34 slot, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512 MB and a 17-inch full HD screen.

There are only a few upgrade options; bumping the memory to 8GB will cost you £320, getting a SSD option (128GB) rather than a mechanical one will fetch you £160.

Our Comments

Note that only three laptops come with a 24 hours shipping window which means that Apple might be expecting some pent-up demands for them. Interesting the three models are amongst the more expensive versions.

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