Inside Apple’s New Macbooks

As expected, Apple has updated their line of MacBooks recently, giving them a much needed update.

Starting in the processor section, Apple has stuck with Intel (amid rumors of switching to AMD). The 13” MacBook Pro bumps it’s speed up to 2.53 GHz and 2.66 GHz. The 15” and 17” models  now offer up the Core i5 and i7 processors. “Hyper Threading” a new 32-nanometer process, and other upgrades give performance boosts up to 50%. Both the Core i5 & i7 support “Turbo Boost” which can give the i7 models a max clock of 3.33Ghz.

The graphics follow along the processors in updates. The 13” recieved the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M (with 48 processing cores) and gives the little ‘Book a 80% performance boost and 40% less power usage. The 15” and 17” get a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with either 256MB or 512MB of memory. Both models still have automatic graphics switching, depending on the amount your taxing your MacBook Pro.

There’s been major improvements in the battery department as well. The 13” Pro can offer up to 10 hours, and the the 15” and 17” models tote an astounding 8-9 hours of power.

The 15” Model specifically got a higher-resolution display (like the PowerBook did before it was killed off), measuring 1680×1050 instead of the standard 1440×900.

All models now have the option of bigger, faster hard drives. Both SATA and Solid-State drive capacities have increased.

Lastly, the new MacBook Pros offer “inertial scrolling”. Simply put, users can “flick” their way through web-pages or pictures, just like they already do on their iPhone/iPod Touch.


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