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Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro Line-Up With Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, AMD GPUs, and Thunderbolt -- OS X Lion Dev Preview Now Available

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As expected, Apple has refreshed a bunch of their products today and it's right on Steve Jobs' birthday! The refresh includes the whole MacBook Pro Series. The base model is the 13-inch model and it's just like the leak said. It's sporting a 13.3-inch LED display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution, a dual-core Intel Core i5 2.3GHz CPU, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 320GB HDD, Intel HD 3000 graphics, an HD webcam, WiFi 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 support, a backlit keyboard, an SDXC card slot, FireWire 800, two USB 2.0 ports, and Light Peak aka Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt tech inside of these new notebooks will offer your 10Gbps trasfer rates which is awesome but we'll see if it wins the battle versus USB 3.0 which is slowly rolling out. Sadly, the smallest model which is this 13-inch model only has options for integrated graphics so it's actually a bit of a downgrade. By the way, the battery life for these MacBook Pro has dropped to 7 hours which is likely real-time usage.

This model will be starting at $1,199, the 15-inch model will start at $1,799, and the 17-inch model actually starts at $2,499 and that's because you'll get a quad-core 2.2GHz CPU and a 750GB HDD as a standard. Only the larger two models (the 15 and 17-inch notebooks) come with AMD discrete graphics and, yes, Apple has ditched Nvidia for AMD. Of course, all models come with new Intel Core 2011 CPU options so they're pretty darn fast. Check it out on Apple.

Update: Engadget has mentioned that the Mac OS X Lion developer preview is now up on the Mac App Store.


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