Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro Laptop Circa 2011 : Quick Preview

Apple has finally updated its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop on the day of Steve Jobs' birthday; the changes though are evolutionary rather than revolutionary and the prices are still the same; $1199 in the US and £999 in the UK.

Note that the online store is still down at the time of writing which means that you will have to wait a tad longer; the 13-inch model is the only one with an integrated graphics, the Intel HD graphics that comes with the Intel Core i5 or i7 processor.

The base unit contains a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5, a dual core model, which can be upgraded to a Core i7 clocked at 2.7GHz. There's also 4GB memory by default (expandable to 8GB), a 320GB HDD (upgradable to 500GB, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD), a 13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with a 1280x800 pixels and a 63.5Whr Lithium battery that can provide enough juice for 7 hours worth of browsing; that's down from 10 hours on the previous generation.

Other features include the precision aluminium unibody, carried over from the previous generation, two USB ports, a slot-in DVD writer, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, a SDXC card slot, a backlit keyboard, FaceTime HD camera (with free Facetime App from the Mac App Store), Bluetooth, a Thunderbolt Port (mini DisplayPort interface with Intel's Light Peak Technology), a Firewire one and Wi-Fi.