Just as New York’s Restaurant Week came to a close, Apple offered some new treats. Five new MacBook Pros. They may not be for every palate but discerning individuals can’t wait to pick these up.
Though Apple is blitzing the globe with iPods, iPhones, and iPads, one shouldn’t forget that Apple makes computers. Quite different from a PC, it caters to an elite crowd. It’s a very demanding group of artists, musicians, and people who demand extraordinary performance. To these people, calling the MacBook Pro a notebook would be an insult.
Apple’s engineers have been diligently updating these MacBook Pros with new Intel processors, advanced graphic technology, and other improvements.
One particular debut is the Intel Thunderbolt interface. Apple leads the pack of manufacturers by featuring the Thunderbolt that is reportedly faster than the new USB 3.0. For those that enjoy data transfer and downloading, this is the speed performer. .
Apparently the appearances of the new Pros look very similar to their predecessors.
There are still 13-, 15- and 17-inch models, and they still have the same aluminum unibody construction and full-width glass across the display. To look at them, you wouldn’t notice a whole lot that’s different.
You’ve got to dig deeper and check inside. The new Intel processors, the Core i5 and Core i7, are dual- and quad-core chips that promise up to twice the performance of the chips in the earlier models. It’s like switching from a Toyota Camry to a Ferrari.
It isn’t just data. MacBook Pro users seek rapid multimedia processing and one of the new features of these Intel chips is an integrated graphics processor. But in the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros, Apple doubled down on graphics by adding a discrete AMD Radeon graphics chip. Models with both chips seamlessly and automatically switch between the two processors, depending on performance needs. Yes, Intel and AMD parts are in the same box! Only Apple could pull that off!
There is also a new FaceTime camera, it’s a webcam that can stream video in 720p resolution and display it in a new widescreen format.
It’s the last addition to the MacBook Pro line that is perhaps the most intriguing: the Thunderbolt port. Apple collaborated with Intel on its Light Peak project to create a new high-speed data and display port that would be adaptable to existing connection standards. The MacBook Pros are the first computers to feature the technology, but it will roll out across manufacturers next year.
The performance specs of Thunderbolt are striking: At 10 GB per second, it’s twice as fast as USB 3.0, 12 times as fast as FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. According to Intel, a Thunderbolt connection can transfer a full-length high-definition movie in 30 seconds.
Thunderbolt is also a native Mini DisplayPort, so any display with that connection can hook up easily. HDMI, DVI, DisplayPort and VGA displays can use adapters. Thunderbolt also provides up to 10 watts of power to peripherals and can be daisy-chained to up to six peripherals.
We’ll explore Thunderbolt further in another story. Till then, enjoy the crop of Apples. These are tempting delicacies you’ll want to grab.