At the top of the list of Tuesday morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement of updates to the MacBook Pro line is that dual-layer burning SuperDrives and FireWire 800 are now available through the entire product line. These are two major criticisms of the previous versions of the 15-inch models. Other changes are predictable, based on the availability of IntelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Core 2 Duo chips, which promise up to 39% extra performance. The base MacBook Pro, which remains at $1,999, incorporates a 2.16GHz processor, and hard disk storage expands to 120MB. Standard memory is 1GB, which can be upgraded to 3GB. Still at $2,499, the high-end version adds a 2.33GHz processor, with 2GB of RAM. Graphics are enhanced with a 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon chip; the cheaper MacBook Pro has 128MB of video memory. The 17-inch MacBook Pro, at $2,799, gets a 2.33GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, the same graphics card as the top-of-the-line 15-inch model, and a 160GB drive. Rather than repeat all the specs that everyone else is posting, just go to AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MacBook Pro site for all the particulars. The remaining question is whether the standard MacBook will also earn a processor upgrade in the very near future, and I suppose that depends on whether Intel has enough parts to meet the demand.
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