MacBook Pro Special Report: Release notes

MacBook Pro Special Report: Release notes

During Macworld Expo San Fransico 2006, Apple announced a notebook based around the processor Intel CoreDuo architecture. The new MacBook Pro is purported to run applications at speeds up to 4-5X faster than the current PowerBook G4.

Two features from the iMac have made their way into the new MacBook Pro: Front Row and a built-in iSight.

The built-in iSight was demonstrated during Steve Jobs' keynote with Phil Schiller conducting a live video conference using AirPort from within the audience.

The MacBook also includes a "MagSafe" magnetic power connector, which safely disconnects from the notebook when there is strain on the power cord, helping prevent drops that occur when your "pet, kid, or roommate" trips over the power cord, according to Jobs.

Jobs also says the MacBook Pro's new 15.4" screen is as bright as an Apple Cinema display, 67% brighter than previous models.

The unit is 1" thick (slightly thinner than the 17" PowerBook G4) and weighs 5.6 pounds.

The 1.67 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;
  • 1.67 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® Extreme 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; and
  • 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.

The 1.83 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;
  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor;
  • 1GB of 667MHz 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 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; and
  • 85W AC power adapter with MagSafe magnetic power connector.

For more information, see Apple's MacBook Pro page.

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  • Apple addressing issues wi...
  • Battery Exchange Program
  • Battery problems: Shuts of...
  • Built-in Display distortio...
  • Clock speed of ATI X1600 c...
  • Cooling solutions
  • Dead-on-arrival units
  • Display slightly bent, not...
  • Downgraded SuperDrive rela...
  • ExpressCard issues
  • FireWire 800 cards for Exp...
  • High-pitched whining noise...
  • iSight not functioning pro...
  • Kernel panics caused by AirPort drivers; Not sleeping properly, still "on" with lid closed
  • Kernel panics upon waking ...
  • Lack of alternative power ...
  • LEAP Networks; cannot conn...
  • Loss of speaker capabiliti...
  • Missing components
  • Not sleeping properly, still "on" with lid closed
  • Notes from service manual
  • Poor general network perfo...
  • Printer issues: Not recogn...
  • Problems sharing the Inter...
  • Release notes
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