Apple begins shipping MacBook Pro notebook computers with faster 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processors

Apple this week will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor which delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook G4, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go and the breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote. All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $1,999 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67 GHz, and will begin shipping next week. In addition, customers may now upgrade to a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor as a build-to-order option on the Apple Online Store.

“We are incredibly excited to start shipping the MacBook Pro, a groundbreaking new notebook with dual-processor desktop performance in a thin, sleek design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in the press release. “The new MacBook Pro includes even faster Intel Core Duo processors than originally announced, up to 2.16 GHz, and we think customers are going to love them.”

The first Mac notebook using Intel’s new Core Duo processor, the new MacBook Pro features a stunning aluminum enclosure just one inch thin, weighs only 5.6 pound, includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, the Apple Remote and Front Row software for a simple, intuitive and powerful way for users to enjoy their content wherever they go and Apple’s new patent-pending MagSafe(TM) magnetic power connector, designed especially for mobile users.

Every new MacBook Pro comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” and iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications, running natively on the new Intel-based MacBook Pro for maximum performance. Mac OS X also includes an innovative software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly. Intel-based Mac customers have more than 700 Universal applications to choose from and the list is growing each day with hundreds of developers including Adobe, Quark and IBM’s Lotus division announcing support for Mac OS X Intel-based applications. An updated list of Universal applications for Mac OS X is available at http://www.apple.com/universal/applications/

The new MacBook Pro will begin shipping this week and will be available through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 1.83 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
• 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness
• 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
• 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
• 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive
• PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory
• DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately)
• built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in AirPort(R) Extreme WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
• ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
• two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
• scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard
• the infrared Apple Remote
• 60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery
• 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector

The 2.0 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
• 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness
• 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
• 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
• 100GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive
• PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
• DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately)
• built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in Airport Extreme WiFi wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
• ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
• two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
• scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard
• the infrared Apple Remote
• 60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery
• 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector

Additional build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro now include the ability to upgrade to a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, as well as 120GB (5400 rpm) or 100GB (7200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

See Apple’s new MacBook Pro — now shipping — at the Apple Store here.

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31 Comments

  1. I went to an apple store and played with the 20″ intel iMac………..

    Dude what a difference in performance. That machine is fast, even the apple sales guys were blown away and mentioned how they loved the new iMac. And that was the 1.8 ghz. What will the 2.16 ghz do???

    Anyone esle get a chance to test the new intel macs yet?

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