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Details Of Apple MacBook Pro Circa 2011 Appear Online

The hardware specification of what appears to be the soon-to-be-announced 13-inch Apple Macbook Pro have been published on several websites.

Macrumors (opens in new tab) has received the picture of what seems to be the description of the low end Apple MacBook Pro laptop, one which comes with some pretty impressive specifications.

There's an Intel Core i5 processor (2.3GHz 3MB L3 cache), 4GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333MHz, 320GB hard disk drive (5400RPM), a 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy screen (1280x800 pixels) and Facetime HD camera.

Disappointingly, the laptop comes with Intel's HD Graphics 3000 processor series which uses 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM memory shared with the system.

Other details include the 8x slot-loading SuperDrive, a new Thunderbolt port tha that supports high speed I/O and Mini DisplayPort devices, a SDXC card slot reader, Firewire, USB 2.0 ports, Optical audio, Wi-Fi, GbE Ethernet, Bluetooth, Backlit keyboard, Ambient light sensor and MacOSX with iLife preinstalled.

As expected it will come with a precision aluminium unibody enclosure and it seems unlikely that it will have a bigger touchpad as previously believed.

This model is likely to replace the current Core 2 Duo that runs at 2.4GHz and comes with a smaller hard disk drive but with a better Nvidia Geforce 320M graphics, all for £1020.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.