Well everybody, Apple today did it's routine upgrade of the popular MacBook Pro range. So, what's new, you might ask? A slew of typical minor upgrades to keep up with the time across two 13", two 15", and one 17" model, by and large. So, instead, we'll look at what's notably different.
Probably biggest is the new Thunderbolt port.
Thunderbolt is a newly announced Intel thinger (convenient, right, this same day announcement stuff?) that promises to deliver high-speed data transfer and HD video output over one cable. So, for you Mac fans, it's basically like your DisplayPort and Firewire port got hopped up on steroids and had an awesome baby.
Or, in Intel's less colorful words:
Intel Corporation today announced the availability of Thunderbolt™ technology, a new high-speed PC connection technology that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. Running at 10Gbps, Thunderbolt technology can transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds. This Intel-developed technology is coming to market through a technical collaboration with Apple, and is available first on Apple's new line of MacBook Pro laptop computers.
It's using PCI-E for the data side, and DisplayPort for the video side, if you're curious, and it'll support daisy-chaining as well as optical or electrical connections.
Also new is the inclusion of Sandy Bridge series processors, but, really, what was Apple going to do, upgrade their laptops and not use Intel's newest line of consumer cores?
Lastly in the possibly big news department is a switch from NVIDIA to AMD chipsets for graphics, which the gamers among you can now argue the merits of in long-winded detail. Those of you who just use the thing to watch slideshows, browse the web, and edit photos won't notice a thing.
Lastly, the FaceTime brand shamelessly trots its way onto laptops, simply replacing that lid mounted iSight cam with an HD one.
So then, go forth to Apple's page, spec out the machine you want, and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a screenshot of exactly the glorious config you're after, and we'll see what we can do for you, k?