Feb 25, 2011
Nic Cho

MacBook Pro 2011 Models Features (FaceTime HD Camera And Thunderbolt I/O)

Apple has announced its new updated MacBook Pro line-up with next-generation dual-code and quad-core Sandy Bridge Intel processors, updated graphics processing unit (GPU), new FaceTime HD camera which triple the resolution of camera in previous 2010 MacBook Pro models and supports HD video calling, and a new revolutionary Intel-developed Thunderbolt high-speed PC peripherals connection (previously known as Light Peak) using fiber optic technology that able to run at unrivaled speeds of up to 10 Gbps.



According to Apple, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro packs up to 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 / Core i7 dual-core processors and Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro come equipped with up to 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB GDDR5 video memory.

Features of MacBook Pro (MBP) 2011 Refresh:

  • Next-generation Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core and dual-core CPU processors.
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with switchable graphics to AMD Radeon graphics processor on the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro.
  • Thunderbolt port for plug-and-play performance with up to size Thunderbolt peripherals or devices, as well as with the Apple LED Cinema Display and other Mini DisplayPort peripherals. Adapters are available for HDMI, VGA, DVI, and DisplayPort compatible devices.
  • FaceTime HD camera for 720p HD video calls from one new MacBook Pro to another, or to other Intel-based Mac computers,4 iPhone 4, or the new iPod touch.
  • Multi-Touch trackpad.
  • Longer lasting battery.
  • 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth support.
  • 8x SuperDrive DVD writer.
  • New SDXC card slot on the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models supports up to 64GB cards.
  • ExpressCard/34 slot on the 17-inch MacBook Pro for an eSATA adapter or a 3G wireless card.
  • Two USB 2.0 ports (three on the 17-inch MacBook Pro) and a FireWire 800 port let you connect your iPad, iPod, iPhone, digital cameras, and external hard drives.

“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,” commented Philip Schiller, senior vice president for Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple. “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 new MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market that is been equipped with the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. As usual, the 2011 refresh of MacBook Pro is available in 13″, 15″ and 17″ models.

Here’s the base configuration specifications and listed prices for the MacBook Pro 2011 models.

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB 1333MHz RAM
  • 320GB 5400-rpm or 500GB 5400-rpm hard disk drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)
  • $1,199.00 or $1,499.00

15-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 or 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB 1333MHz RAM
  • 500GB 5400-rpm or 750GB 5400-rpm hard disk drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics card
  • AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 or AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 dedicated GPU
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)
  • $1,799.00 or $2,199.00

17-inch MacBook Pro

  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 4GB 1333MHz RAM
  • 750GB 5400-rpm hard disk drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics card
  • AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 dedicated GPU
  • Built-in battery (7 hours)
  • $2,499.00

The latest next-generation 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro are now available at apple.com, Apple stores and Apple authorized resellers for a starting price of $1199, $1799 and $2499 respectively, with upgrades and installment or finance plan available.

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