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Apple Updates the Macbook Pro Family: Should You Buy/Upgrade?

by Jon Rettinger | April 13, 2010April 13, 2010 12:34 pm PST

You knew Apple couldn’t stay out of the news for terribly long.  Just a few days after the announcement of iPhone OS 4, and a little over a week sonce the launch of the iPad, Apple (finally!) refreshed its Macbook Pro line of laptops.  Every model from the 13″ on up was touched, but only the 15″ & 17″ variants got they heavy duty upgrades to the new Core (i5 & i7) and switchable graphics options.  The smaller, 13″ variety is keeping its Core2Duo roots, just upping the clock speed on both models from 2.26 to 2.53 on the lower end and 2.4-2.66 on the high end running $1,199 and $1,499 respectively.

The 15″ is where most the good stuff resides.  All models now come with 4GB of RAM standard, offer Core i5 or i7 options and are upgradeable to include NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M with switchable graphics.  The 15″ also get’s the option of a high resolution screen (1680 X 1050) for an extra hundy and matte option for $50.

The 17″ gets the same i5 and i7 love.

All three sizes now boast vastly improved battery life.

So, are you going to buy or upgrade? What do you think about the updates?


Jon Rettinger

Jon, perhaps best known by his YouTube alter ego Jon4Lakers, has a love for technology that can never be quenched, no matter how hard he tries. If...

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