Apple releases the new line-up of Macbook Pro computers. 

 

 

New Macbook Pro's bring more speed and power to the Underwater Photographer and Videographer.

 

Macbook Pro

 

Today Apple announced the release of the new Macbook Pro line-up. The new 13", 15" and 17" laptop computers have been given fresh upgrades to make photo and video transfer and editing much quicker. The new Macbook Pro moves toward really being geared to the Pro.

 

 

"Macbook Pro takes three very big leaps forward"

 

There are three major upgrades to the new laptops.

 

First, is the faster processors. The 13" version comes standard with a dual core Intel Core i5 processor and can be upgraded to a i7 processor. The 15" and 17" models come standard with a quad core Intel Core i7 processor. All models are up to 2 times faster than their predecessors.

 

Second, is the new Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, available across the line-up. In the 15" and 17" models there is also a high-performance AMD Radeon graphics processor, which is 3 times faster than it's predecessors. If you are using graphics intensive applications, such as HD video editing, etc., the new models will switch to the faster graphic card to handle the load.

 

ThunderboltMaybe most exciting is the debut of Thunderbolt, a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices, accessible from the computers display port. Thunderbolt technology is a huge step forward in faster data transfer to and from your laptop. Thunderbolt allows you to move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. This means faster transfer of photo and video files. Thunderbolt also supports high resolution displays. Two 10-Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices and a display, without using a hub — and without reducing performance.

 

Attaching High Speed Peripherals

 

The new Macbook Pros provide big improvements in speed and power, which is a welcome upgrade for photo and video editing, but it does come at a cost. The battery power of the new Macbook Pro lasts approximately 7 hours on a full charge, whereas the previous version gave up to 10 hours.

 

 

Pricing

 

13-inch MacBook Pro

2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199.

2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499.

15-inch MacBook Pro

2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799.

2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199.

17-inch MacBook Pro

2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.

 

The new Macbook Pro is now available. More information is provided in Apple's press release below.

 

 

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology

CUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2011—Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.*

“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.

MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.

The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone® 4 and the current generation iPod touch®. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac® App Store℠ for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.**

As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.

Pricing & Availability


The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options and AppleCare® Protection Plan. Additional technical specifications and configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbookpro.

*Testing conducted by Apple in February 2011 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbookpro/features.html.

**The new Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in February 2011 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbookpro/features.html.

***EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

 

 

Comments

 These should be killer

 These should be killer photoshop/lightroom/aperture machines. If it were me, I would make sure that I take out the optical drive and replace it with a 256G SS drive. Blisteringly fast, my only concern is to make sure that the SSD will speak Thunderbolt (it should). I wouldn't get the Apple SSD but rather a third party one.

 

Bill

Bill Van Antwerp Canon/Nauticam/Subal/Inon Lots of glass
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The new processors are

The new processors are outstanding. The video capabilities of all will be good for consumer needs (video playback, light gaming, etc). The low end 13" MBP does not have discrete graphics, but the integrated Intel video will be fine for most general playback needs. Not good for any serious gaming or serious AV editing, however, move to the bigger 15" and 17" systems with separate graphics chipsets instead for those needs. The battery life "appears" to have gone down, but sources indicate that this is because they are using more realistic testing parameters now, and not because battery life has actually decreased. Should be about the same as that of the previous generation, but the systems are faster, which is good. The higher-def webcam is nice, especially going forward, but again, this is consumer stuff.

The new Light Peak/Thunderbolt tech will be good for future-proofing. There is little on the market that can take advantage of it today. And it's mostly for high-speed data transport needs, like that needed for AV editing. Not much difference for photographers working on photos in Photoshop.

Other than these things, not a lot has changed. Same screen at the same res, same enclosure, etc.

Overall some small incremental updates for consumer-y usage, or for those with massive data throughput needs, like AV editors. The main thing that photographers will benefit from is the faster processor and underlying chipset, which results in an overall system speed boost. Personally, though, I tend to work with the computer more than wait for it, so blazing speed isn't a massive issue to me. Except for those times when I actually am crunching video on a laptop.

Oh, and if anyone's camera is using the newest SDXC SD cards (up to 64gb capacity), the card reader built into this newest generation will read those. The previous models topped out at 32gb cards.

For me, the biggest things that are missing are discrete graphics in the 13" model, and higher resolution screens in the 13" model. Integrated SSD drive (ala MacBook Air) would be nice, but I prefer a drive that can be upgraded, at this point, and as nice as the blazing speed of SSD drive is, I prefer the monster capacity (at a reasonable price) of standard hard drives, still. And the traveling geek in me still wants an internal bluray drive, dangit!