MacBook Pro goes Core 2 Duo
October 24, 2006 Apple has updated their entire range of MacBook Pro laptops, all of which are now powered by Intel's new Core 2 Duo line of dual-core CPU's. A choice of 2.16 or 2.33GHz CPU, up to three gigabytes of RAM, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (capable of driving a 30" Apple display), and the ability to dual-boot Windows and OS X legally - all in a 1 inch thick case. With the grunt, compatibility, and portability offered here, it's clear why more professionals than ever are realising the futility of remaining subscribed to just one side of the platform wars, and buying their first Mac.
All models are shipped with the newly released OS X 10.4.5, which has received under-the-hood changes to ensure it's pro application range (Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Aperture) can make the most out of the new Core 2 Duo architecture - which already showed an increase in performance of around 40% over the prior Core Duo chips.
Apple's iLife '06 suite is also included - which features iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and the newly added iWeb, aimed at making it easy for Mac users to create websites with picture galleries, blogging and podcasting.
The Sudden Motion Sensor which can detect when you've dropped it and protect the hard drive, or even turn your MacBook into a light saber - note the irony of a safety mechanism resulting in the best ever excuse to place the device in harms way.
Those of you still clinging to your 15" G4 PowerBook because of the FireWire 800 port that you now can't live without will be pleased to know that FireWire 800 is now standard in all models - and the fact that these machines are at least seven times faster than any PowerBook ever released (and probably beat the pants off your current PC too) makes now a better time than ever to upgrade.