Whoever said you can’t compare apples and oranges? And whoever said you can’t mix apples and oranges is just so wrong. That is just so last century! Presenting the MacBook Pro. Kudos to the Apple Design + technical team for bringing us the first-ever dual-core Mac notebook. But kill the marketing team for the moniker. MacBook Pro? You gotta be kidding me.
In any case, welcome the first Mac notebook built upon the revolutionary new Intel Core Duo — which is actually two processors (up to 1.83GHz) engineered onto a single chip.
2MB of Smart Cache, L2 cache that can be shared between both cores as needed. It delivers higher performance in 2D and 3D graphics, video editing, and music encoding. And the new engine is only part of the story. MacBook Pro has a frontside bus and memory that, at 667MHz, runs faster than any previous Mac notebook. It’s the first Mac notebook with PCI Express, a Serial ATA hard drive and the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 for superfast graphics performance.
Despite initial skepticism from the Mac community, including certain quarters screaming “sell outs!” and “traitors!”, Apple has quashed all FUD surrounding the MacTel (Macintosh-Intel) platform. With Motorola and IBM less prominent in the picture, and a welcome thing too since they consistently fail to deliver and distracted with embedded applications, Intel moved in, promised and delivered. Right, on!
So how is this all going to fit into the picture? Well, surprise! It has. Mac OS X (or Mac OS X x86) runs natively on Intel and with Rosetta software compatibility, newer developed apps (identified with the Universal symbol) can run on both PowerPC and Intel platforms.
The 15.4-incher sells at $1999. Apple also announced the iMac, powered by a 2Ghz Intel dual-core processor, the first-ever dual-core consumer product from Apple.
MacBook Pro At a Glance
- 15.4-inch widescreen display
- 1.67 or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
- 667MHz frontside bus and main memory
- PCI Express architecture
- Up to 120GB Serial ATA hard drive
- ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with up to 256MB memory on 16-lane PCI Express
- ExpressCard/34 slot
- Dual-link DVI, VGA adapter included
- One FireWire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports
- Optical digital and analog audio I/O, built-in microphone and stereo speakers
- Slot-loading SuperDrive
- Illuminated keyboard, Scrolling TrackPad
- Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Gigabit Ethernet
- Mac OS X Tiger with iLife ’06 featuring iWeb, iWork ’06 trial, and more
The MacBook Pro and new iMac were announced at the San Francisco Macworld Conference & Expo. Macworld Conference & Expo is the largest Macintosh exhibition event of the year to showcase professional, business, and consumer Macintosh products and services.Watch Apple CEO Steve Jobs kick-off Macworld Conference & Expo 2006 with a keynote address from San Francisco’s Moscone Center. See the video-on-demand (VOD) event right here exclusively in QuickTime and MPEG-4.
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