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Apple Unveils Intel-based MacBook Pro

One of the major announcements made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday was the unveiling of the MacBook Pro, a super-powerful yet super-thin and sleek notebook powered by the new Intel Core Duo processor. The new system weighs only 5.6 pounds despite the superior upgrades to its predecessor, the now defunct Powerbook G4.

The MacBook Pro comes with a built-in iSight video camera, with which users can use iChat AV for video conferencing, use iMovie to create a video podcast, or use Photo Booth to take snapshots and share them with others wirelessly. One of the major software applications pre-installed is Front Row, which Apple says turns the computer “into a portable theatre.” Coupled with the also pre-installed Apple Remote, Front Row allows users to turn the laptop into a theater screen, with functionality via the remote from up to 30 feet away.

Other exciting features include a scrolling TrackPad and Sudden Motion Sensor, which protects the hard dirve in case of a fall.

The dual processors churn along at a speed four times as fast as the PowerBook G4. The graphics card is an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express, with dedicated GDDR3 graphics memory of either 128 or 256MB. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR is built in, as is the latest WiFi wireless networking technology via AirPort Extreme.

The stated screen size of the MacBook Pro, which will be available next month, is 15 inches. Presumably, the model will come in smaller and larger sizes eventually. Base price of the 1.67 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro 15-inch model, with 512MB of RAM installed, will be US$1,999 or jump up to the 1.83 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro with 1GB of RAM US $2,499.


The 1.67 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 1.67 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
* 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
* 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
* DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
* built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
* built-in iSight video camera;
* Gigabit Ethernet port;
* built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
* ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
* two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
* one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
* scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
* the infrared Apple Remote;
* 60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery; and
* 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.

The 1.83 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
* 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
* 100GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
* built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
* built-in iSight video camera;
* Gigabit Ethernet port;
* built-in Airport Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
* ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
* two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
* one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
* scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
* the infrared Apple Remote;
* 60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery; and
* 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.

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