Apple’s improved MacBook Pro not only is the first computer to come from a major manufacturer equipped with an Intel Sandy Bridge processor, but is also the first to come with a Thunderbolt port. Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single port which is over two times faster than the current USB3. Although the port is of very little value since no Thunderbolt peripherals are currently being sold, Apple is confident that by including a port on all of their new MacBook Pros, sales will take off soon.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”
The MacBook Pro comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 2720QM processor and 4GB RAM. With solely internal updates, the computer is no slimmer or lighter than the former model, but includes new features like the FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution than before. The upgrade is perfect for video calls and compatible with all new MacBook Pro computers, the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch. The 17-inch model, weighing in at a little over six pounds, has an eight hour battery life, great screen and a comfortable, backlit keyboard.
It’s lack of Blu-ray, security features, and an over two-thousand dollar price tag have been the computer’s biggest complaints. The MacBook Pro is definitely not a bargain, but it’s a small price to pay for the fastest, most technologically advanced laptop yet.