Apple updated MacBook Pro line with faster processors

Apple introduced a refreshed line of MacBook Pro notebooks, bringing several new features to the the company’s popular aluminum-clad offerings.

Apple updated the MacBook Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery. The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple’s new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.

The 15″ MacBook Pro has gained a new option for a high-resolution display, offering users the opportunity to bump the standard 1440×900 screen to 1680×1050.

The new MacBook Pro offers an enhanced multi-touch trackpad supporting inertial scrolling. The feature, already present in similar forms on Apple’s iPhone OS devices and the Magic Mouse, allows users to “flick” while scrolling as the trackpad senses the momentum of the gesture and smoothly scrolls through long documents and libraries.

All three MacBook Pro models offer greater battery life than their predecessors, a feat achieved through a combination of larger battery capacity and greater energy efficiency.

The MacBook Pros were last updated in June, and a revision has been widely expected. An entry for an unreleased Core i7-based MacBook Pro appeared in Geekbench’s online benchmarking database in early February, and while a number of hints and rumors suggested that a release might be imminent at that time, a shortage of Intel’s new notebook chips appears to have delayed things.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is on sale from 1149 euro, while the 15 – and 17-inch models are respectively 1749 euros and 2249 euros. These prices may increase as there are more expensive options such as an SSD or a faster processor.

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