Apple MacBook Pro now available with Core i5, Core i7

New Apple MacBook Pro line sports theIntel Corei5 and i7 CPUs

We knew that this day had to be coming, but we probably expected Steve Jobs to make a bigger deal of it by hosting another event in or around San Francisco. Instead, it seems that Apple has (quite quietly) updated the entire MacBook Pro line with several solid upgrades.

If you go over to the Apple online store, you’ll find that the MacBook Pro is now available with your choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Well, that’s true of the 15-inch and 17-inch versions. The 13-inch MBP is still lacking in the Core i5/i7 department. My guess is that it, along with the regular MacBooks, will get some Core i3 treatment soon.

In terms of upgrades, the 15-inch MacBook Pro can now choose between the 2.4GHz Core i5, 2.53GHz Core i5, or 2.66GHz Core i7 processor. The 17-inch model can choose between a 2.53GHz Core i5 or a 2.66GHz Core i7, as well as an SSD at a premium.

Across the line, you’ll find a series of NVIDIA GeForce 330M discrete graphics cards (48 processing cores) with either 256MB or 512MB of memory. Each MBP is loaded with 4GB of DDR3 RAM, though you can upgrade to 8GB if you’d like too.

Prices for the newly upgraded MacBook Pros start at $1,799 and go up from there. They are all shipping now and should be in Apple stores by Friday or early next week.


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