Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro family announced in India, prices slashed

Apple has introduced the new MacBook Pro family, featuring some sparkling new tech and significantly different specs from the previous generation. There are five models split between the three sizes – two 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros, and one 17-inch

By Abhinav Lal | Published 25 Feb 2011 12:51 IST
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro family announced in India, prices slashed
Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro family announced in India, prices slashed

Apple has introduced the new MacBook Pro family, featuring some sparkling new tech and significantly different specs from the previous generation, but remain much the same on the outside. There are five models split between the three sizes – two 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros, and one 17-inch MacBook Pro – and all of them will feature Intel’s Sandy Bridge chips, in Core i5 and i7 variants. Find the India pricing, which has dropped in some models, in the table at the bottom of the article.

The MacBook Pro family also introduces Intel’s first iteration of Light Peak technology, the dual-channel I/O ‘Thunderbolt’, which promises up to 10Gbps bi-directional transfer speeds. Read more on Thunderbolt, here. But while MacBook Pro notebooks are available with Thunderbolt right now, devices supporting them will only arrive in the latter part of the year. Many major storage manufacturers however, have vowed support for both Thunderbolt and other future Light Peak technologies.

Intel Thunderbolt port

All the MacBook Pro laptops also ship with a FireWire 800 port on board, while the 17-inch model has an ExpressCard/34 slot instead of a SDXC card slot.

[RELATED_ARTICLE]Apple’s latest generation of MacBook Pro laptops differ from last in two other major aspects – they feature AMD Mobility Radeon graphics (6000M) instead of Nvidia’s offerings, and, have new FaceTime HD cameras for video-chat, which offer 3 times the resolution as their iSight predecessors, promising full HD video conferencing. FaceTime for Mac has also been released, available for 99 cents on the Mac Store. All the laptops feature LED-backlit screens, with a choice of glossy or anti-glare coating (not in 13-inch models). The 15-inch models also come with a choice of 1680x1050 high-resolutions screens, instead of the 1440x900 default.

Importantly, the 13-inch MacBook Pro models do not feature discrete graphics, but apparently, Apple and Intel are confident the Sandy Bridge assisted Intel HD 3000 graphics will be up to the challenge. Check out other important specifications, including India pricing, below:
 

Model

13-inch MacBook Pro

 

15-inch MacBook Pro

 

17-inch MacBook Pro

U.S. Price
$1,199
$1,499
$1,799
$2,199
$2,499
India Price
Rs. 69,900 (inclusive of VAT)
Rs. 84,900 (inclusive of VAT)
Rs. 104,900 (inclusive of VAT)
Rs. 124,900 (inclusive of VAT)

Rs. 142,900 (inclusive of VAT)

Display

13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display

13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy or optional antiglare widescreen display

15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy or optional antiglare widescreen display

17-inch high-resolution LED-backlit glossy or optional antiglare widescreen display

CPU

2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor

2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor

2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor

2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor

2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor

HDD
320GB 5400-rpm hard drive
500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
Integrated Graphics

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

Discrete Graphics
 
 

AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 memory

AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 memory

AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 memory

Memory
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, up to 8GB
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, up to 8GB
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, up to 8GB
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, up to 8GB
4GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM, up to 8GB
Battery Life

Up to 7 hours (wireless web browsing)

Up to 7 hours (wireless web browsing)

Up to 7 hours (wireless web browsing)

Up to 7 hours (wireless web browsing)

Up to 7 hours (wireless web browsing)

Battery Strength

Built-in lithium-polymer 63.5 watt-hour

Built-in lithium-polymer 63.5 watt-hour

Built-in lithium-polymer 77.5 watt-hour

Built-in lithium-polymer 77.5 watt-hour

Built-in lithium-polymer 95 watt-hour

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