Apple reveals new MacBook Pro’s with Sandy Bridge, AMD graphics and Thunderbolt I/O

by Klaus on February 24, 2011

in Mac, Tech News

Surprise, surprise. As if the world didn’t already knew that Apple was going to release Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro’s in the near future – well, the near future has arrived, because today the Apple Store was updated with new MacBook Pro models.

All of them with the new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, some with AMD Radeon HD 6000M graphics, FaceTime HD cameras and the blazing fast Tunderbolt I/O technology for transfer speeds.

13″ MacBook Pro

Core i5 and i7 processors.

Lower end model starts at $1,199, and features a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor and 320GB hard drive.

Higher end model goes up to the 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 CPU and 500GB hard drive which will cost you $1,499.

This duo doesn’t get the AMD graphics like the 15″ and 17″, but the Intel’s new powerful HD 3000 integrated graphics should be more powerful than ever, so it might not be that big of a loss for most users.

15″ MacBook Pro

No more Core i5 CPU’s for the 15″ MacBook Pro’s, they’re pure Core i7 now. They also come with AMD Radeon HD 6000M graphics. $1,7999 will buy you a 2.0GHz quad-core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics and 500GB hard drive. In the even higher end you’ll find a $2,199 model with a faster 2.2GHz i7 CPU, 6750M graphics and 750GB hard drive.

17″ MacBook Pro

And finally there’s the 17″ MacBook Pro as well, which is basically the same specifications as the higher end 15″ model, though as 17″ it will cost you $2,499 instead.

Apple’s press release:

Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology

CUPERTINO, California-February 24, 2011-Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.*

“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.”

Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.

MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.

The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone® 4 and the current generation iPod touch®. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac® App Store℠ for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.**

As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.

Pricing & Availability
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store® (, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.

Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.3 GHz, additional hard drive capacity up to 750GB, solid state storage up to 512GB, more memory up to 8GB DDR3, antiglare and high-resolution display options and AppleCare® Protection Plan. Additional technical specifications and configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at

*Testing conducted by Apple in February 2011 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. For more information visit

**The new Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in February 2011 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit

***EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Ron February 25, 2011 at 02:16

High end products with high end price as well! Nice MacBooks I wish I can buy one!
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Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate February 27, 2011 at 04:36

Good call. These are sweet, but come at some huge prices.
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Michael Aulia February 25, 2011 at 15:18

Was about to post this today but I’ve published like 6 posts in a row @[email protected]…. so many things to cover.

If only Apple products are not this expensive, I’d get the new Macbook Pros no question asked 🙁
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Klaus February 25, 2011 at 19:28

Yeah, me too. My MBP i7 isn’t that old yet, but I sure could do with better graphics and more CPU power when editing RAW files in Aperture 3, but not at the cost of these new Sandy Bridge machines. Maybe when next generation comes out, I might upgrade.
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Michael Aulia February 26, 2011 at 03:20

Better than my 2nd hand 2006 Macbook model 🙂 Just got it a few weeks ago, my first Macbook ever
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Raj March 1, 2011 at 15:08

thunderbolt technology is lightening fast.I read about it on intel website and it make its debut in this macbook pro.This surely going to rock and suppress the sale of other laptops.
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Kana Thurairajah May 8, 2011 at 15:32

Is there a difference between MC721LL/A series of MacBook pro 15.4 inch and MC721B/A series of MacBook pro 15.4 inch.


Veronica Cervera September 19, 2011 at 13:05

I like macbook but i still prefer laptops that have windows as their operating system. Macbook doesn’t have that support compared to windows and i guess getting macbook is only for social status purposes.


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