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Apple Quietly Updates the MacBook Pro Line

by Sean P. Aune | October 24, 2011October 24, 2011 7:15 am PDT

MacBook Pro Fall 2011 line

In one of the quietest product updates ever from Apple, the MacBook Pro line of laptops all received minor upgrades this morning.

When Apple typically updates its products it’s accompanied by a press release and a “New” image appearing above the item on the front page of the online store, but both those markers were missing this morning as the line of high-end laptops received their second update of this calendar year.  We had seen some evidence a little over a week ago that a MacBook Pro update looked to be on the way, but no one seemed to think it was going to be quite this soon.

The updates this time around are fairly minor, but they will keep the product line refreshed through the expected launch of the Intel Ivy Bridge processors in spring 2012.  The biggest bumps are in speed and storage with the $1,199 13-inch MacBook Pro now coming with a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor with a 500GB hard drive.  For an extra $300 you can increase that to a 2.8GHz dual-core Core i7 processor with a roomy 750GB drive.

The $1799 15-inch model now comes with a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card while the $2,199 model will up the processor to a quad-core Core i7 running at 2.4GHz and the graphics to an AMD Radeon HD 6770M GPU.

For those looking for a huge screen in addition to power, the 17-inch MacBook Pro now comes with a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i7 processor and an AMD 6770M graphics card.  If you want to be adventurous and up the clock speed, you can go up to a 2.5GHz quad-core Core i7.

All models come with 4GB of RAM as standard, but all are upgradeable to 8GB.  There are also a slew of hard drive choices, with 512GB solid state drive being the most expensive by far.

Do you have any interest in picking up a new MacBook Pro?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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