Apparently, the new line-up will be featuring two 13-inch models, two15-inch models and a 17-inch model. The latest Intel’s Sandy Bridge 2011 Core processors will power all of these models. In addition to this, Apple will also be casting out NVIDIA and replace GeForce GPUs with AMD’s Radeon graphics on its 15 and 17-inch machines while the 13-inch model will be sporting Intel’s integrated graphics.
But the most interesting in this new MacPro line-up is the addition of Apple’s new Thunderbolt connector that is based on Intel’s Light Peak technology and promising up to 10 Gbps data transfer speeds.
Basically, the Thunderbolt will consist of two-bidirectional channels and also hooks up PCI Express directly to external peripherals such as RAID arrays. Additionally, the Thunderbolt cans also support FireWire, USB devices as well as DisplayPort for high-resolution displays. It also works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays as well.
Here is a closer look at the new MacPro line-up:
There will be two new 13-inch MacBook Pro units included in the line-up and each one of this will be using either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor that is clocked either at 2.3 GHz or 2.7GHz. The entry-level model comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory, 320 GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics 3000 while the second version comes with the same 4GB memory and same graphics, but upgrades to a 500 GB hard drive capacity.
On the other hand, the 15-inch model will be coming out with a choice of Intel’s quad core 2.0 GHz, 2.2GHz or 2.3GHz Core i7 processors. In addition to this, it will also be coming with a 4GB DDR3 memory; 500Gb hard drive for the entry-level machine and 750GB on the second one. Both of these models will be offering Intel HD Graphics 3000 and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB GPU, with OS X switching between them depending on the current video workload.
And lastly, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by Intel’s quad core 2.2GHz Core i7 processor and also comes with the same double graphics option as the 15-inch model. It also offers a 750GB storage capacity and up to 512GB of SSD option.
All of these models are already available for pre-order at Apple’s online store for a price starting at $ 1,199 for the 13-inch model, $1,799 for the 15-inch model and $2,499 for the 17-inch model.