New MacBook Pros have been announced from Apple today, and as expected. The 15-inch and 17-inch models are loaded with your choice of Intel’s new Core technology, either a i5 and i7 processor. Apple had also introduced new display options, Sadly though the 13-inch stay the same with the Core2Duo.
Pricing on the models are changed with the 13-inch remaining the same while the base 17-inch drops $200 to a base of $2300, but the 15-inch has seen an increase of $100 to a base of $1800.
All new models come with a base of 4GB of RAM (upgradeable to 8GB). Core i7 processors are again options for both the 15 and 17-inch models only, which include NVIDIA’s GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics. Meanwhile, the 13-inch MBP includes a custom-made NVIDIA 320M GPU. Apple has also released a slightly reformulated battery that is supposed to balance the power requirements of the new chipsets.
Another new feature is the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pros will use a new, proprietary system to swap between discrete and integrated graphics based upon what processes you’re running in OS X.
Apple returns to a feature of their previous MacBook Pro models with the 15-inch model having three display options, a 1440-by-900-pixel LED-backlit glossy display, a “high-resolution” 1680-by-1050 glossy ($100 upgrade) or an “antiglare high-resolution” display ($150 upgrade). Unfortunately, the MBP 17 comes with the high resolution screen stock and can be upgraded to antiglare for $50.