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MacBook Pro Line Gets Spec Bump; New CPUs & GPUs

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Apple has ever so quietly rolled out an update that gives its MacBook Pro line a nice boost.

The tech world might be buzzing about the release of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, but Apple is carrying on, business as usual. The Cupertino-based company kicked the last week of October off with improved specs for the MacBook Pro laptops, upgrading the processors and graphics for its slightly bulkier line.

Starting today, shoppers looking to pick up a new MacBook Pro can opt for a 13-inch model with a 2.4GHz Core i5 or a 2.8GHz Core i7 dual-core processor, instead of the previous 2.3GHz and 2.7GHz, and a bump in HDD capacity for the entry-level model, which will now come with 500GB of space. The 15-inch model doesn't see any change to storage space, but the laptop does get a processor upgrade, increasing from 2.0GHz and 2.2GHz Core i7 CPUs to 2.2GHz or 2.4GHz i7s. New 15-inchers will also either an AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU with 512MB on GDDR5 memory, compared to the 256MB 6490M, or a 1GB GDDR5 Radeon HD 6770M, as opposed to a 1GB GDDR5 6750M. Those shelling out big bucks for the massive 17-inch MacBook Pro will also see some changes. Again, the graphics are going from a 1GB 6770M, up from a 6750M, and the CPU is going up to a 2.4GHz i7 version from a 2.2GHz i7.

Head on over to Apple to check out the full specs for Apple's MacBook Pro line.

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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 1:17 AM
    bear95Still under-speced for the price.


    You mean overpriced.

  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 1:14 AM
    Still under-speced for the price. :/ 
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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 2:24 AM
    icepick314why are people STILL complaining about Apple's price?you're paying for the label and usability...and as far as Macbooks, you're paying for the package, not spec...if you want spec, go buy a regular notebook...


    I still complain because it's far more fun to jump on the Apple bandwagon-of-hate than to shell out actual money to buy something. I've been doing this for some time now, so it gets hard for me to resist commenting on Apple's outrageous prices for something that can be bought for 40% less at the PC side of things.

    Oh dang, I did it again.
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  • 5 Hide
    makafri , October 25, 2011 1:11 AM
    and still they will run portal 2 like a dual core and a radeon hd 4xxx
  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 1:14 AM
    Still under-speced for the price. :/ 
  • 22 Hide
    bennaye , October 25, 2011 1:17 AM
    bear95Still under-speced for the price.


    You mean overpriced.

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    Ragnar-Kon , October 25, 2011 1:39 AM
    Since I work with Macs every day, glad to see they put a decent GPU in the 15".

    Still too pricey for me personally though.
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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 2:24 AM
    icepick314why are people STILL complaining about Apple's price?you're paying for the label and usability...and as far as Macbooks, you're paying for the package, not spec...if you want spec, go buy a regular notebook...


    I still complain because it's far more fun to jump on the Apple bandwagon-of-hate than to shell out actual money to buy something. I've been doing this for some time now, so it gets hard for me to resist commenting on Apple's outrageous prices for something that can be bought for 40% less at the PC side of things.

    Oh dang, I did it again.
  • 10 Hide
    aznshinobi , October 25, 2011 2:33 AM
    LOL, a much better spec wise Lenovo is only $1000 compared to this. Well inflated for the price.
  • 7 Hide
    eddieroolz , October 25, 2011 2:58 AM
    Not much of a spec bump now, is it?
  • 12 Hide
    AbdullahG , October 25, 2011 3:08 AM
    icepick314why are people STILL complaining about Apple's price?you're paying for the label and usability...and as far as Macbooks, you're paying for the package, not spec...if you want spec, go buy a regular notebook...

    A laptop half the cost if not less can provide just as much usability, better specs, and overall a better deal for the price. I don't want to pay over a grand extra for a stupid glowing Apple on my laptop...
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    11796pcs , October 25, 2011 3:09 AM
    bennayeI still complain because it's far more fun to jump on the Apple bandwagon-of-hate than to shell out actual money to buy something. I've been doing this for some time now, so it gets hard for me to resist commenting on Apple's outrageous prices for something that can be bought for 40% less at the PC side of things.Oh dang, I did it again.

    You just made my day. You have a killer philosophy.
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    alyoshka , October 25, 2011 3:20 AM
    Well, lets hope with the miniscule hardware upgrade there is no gigantic price upgrade....
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    bennaye , October 25, 2011 4:17 AM
    greghomeAgreed, Apple build their PCs to exploit dumb people......and yea Macs are PCs too,look up on the definition of Personal Computer


    A certain advertisement with 2 guys; 1 wearing a bland suit, the other being a hipster douche in general, begs to differ on the Mac being a PC. But nonetheless, you are technically correct.

    And Apple designs their products with the *RICH* stupid person in mind. Which is contradictory when you think about it, but true nonetheless. As only rich people could afford to refresh their computers year after year, and only stupid people would not see things on a purely economic viewpoint and pay vastly more for something that doesn't perform as well as a PC.

    But then again, some people are very concerned about their image, and I guess Apple products *do* have a tendency to alleviate those concerns. So who am I to say whether Apple is crapple or not?

    /endrant.

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    eatfoodnow , October 25, 2011 4:58 AM
    Who cares about the upgrade to the 6770m, they just did an effective price drop of $150 on the original upper 15" model (looking at refurbished models of course). It's only $1700 for a very high quality built laptop with specs near a sager np5165 (with the core i7 2630qm upgrade of course) which is around $950, although that's without an OS. Pretty good deal for a macbook pro!
  • 2 Hide
    de5_Roy , October 25, 2011 5:21 AM
    can they play crysis?
  • 8 Hide
    bennaye , October 25, 2011 5:35 AM
    de5_roycan they play crysis?


    I'm inclined to say no.
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    cold fire , October 25, 2011 5:59 AM
    Meanwhile, the Lenovo Y470 is only $749 !!

    And it has similar and some better specs than the CrapBook

    -2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
    -NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M 1GB
    -8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
    -500GB 7200rpm
    -And lastly a better OS --Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
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    del35 , October 25, 2011 10:06 AM
    Quote:
    A laptop half the cost if not less can provide just as much usability, better specs, and overall a better deal for the price. I don't want to pay over a grand extra for a stupid glowing Apple on my laptop...


    If you are technologically illiterate or mentally challenged, an Apple logo means a lot. It is like man who is illiterate pulling a gold plated pen to sign his name.
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    garrick , October 25, 2011 10:29 AM
    For that much money Apple should put in 8gb of ram at least. I also can't believe they haven't been putting 500gb hdds in until now since even budget laptops these days come with 500gb by default.
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    nebun , October 25, 2011 12:16 PM
    greghomeAgreed, Apple build their PCs to exploit dumb people......and yea Macs are PCs too,look up on the definition of Personal Computer

    every geek knows that the word PC stands for a machine with Windows OS....noob :) 
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