Apple launches new MacBook Pro laptop rangeA super-fast computing experience is promised

25 February 2011

Apple has revealed a new range of MacBook Pro laptops. Starting at £999, the range features new Intel processors, graphics cards, and Thunderbolt ports for connecting peripherals and transferring data at very high speed. 

The Apple MacBook Pro is aimed mainly at people who want lots of computing power in a portable and very stylish design.There are three models to choose from - 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch.

Apple Macbook Pro

The Apple MacBook Pro

New Processors

First seen early this year, the latest Intel Core processors make an appearance in the new MacBook Pros. The £999 13-inch model comes with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.3GHz. Move up the range, and you can configure the 17-inch model with a high performance quad-core Intel Core i7 processor running at 2.3GHz for £2299. 

See how the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro did in our full review.

There are new AMD graphics cards also on the 15-inch and 17-inch models. The 17-inch model comes with AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor with 1GB of memory. High-performance graphics cards like this can help with the smooth running of HD video editing, playback and games. 

All models come with 4GB of RAM as standard, but you can install up to 8GB.


As well as FireWire and at least two USB2.0 ports for connecting peripherals such as digital cameras and external hard disks, all the new MacBook Pros have a Thunderbolt port. Promising transfer speeds of up to 10Gb per second, Thunderbolt is theoretically faster than USB3.0. Time will tell whether many of tomorrow's gadgets will feature a Thunderbolt connection.


Apple claims that its new FaceTime HD webcam provides clearer video when video calling other FaceTime users. Unlike most other webcams, video is recorded at 720p resolution.

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