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.
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.