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Your MacBook Pro is in the mail

Apple Computer announced Tuesday that the 15-inch MacBook Pro will begin shipping this week, about a month after the company introduced the first Apple laptop built around an Intel processor.

At the MacWorld conference in San Francisco last month, CEO Steve Jobs said the newly named MacBook would come in two models: a $1,999 model with an 80GB hard drive running at 1.67GHz a second version with a 1.83GHz processor and a 100GB hard drive for $2,499. On Tuesday, Apple said the laptops are actually shipping with slightly faster chips--1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz--at the same prices.

The faster laptop ships this week and the $1,999 version ships next week. A 2.16 GHz upgrade is available if ordered through Apple's online store. iMacs with Intel Core Duo processors and 20-inch or 17-inch built-in monitors went on sale last month.