Apple refreshes the MacBook Pro

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Apple has today released a big new update to their MacBook Pro lineup. The new laptops have “next generation” processors and graphics cards, a FaceTime HD camera (or as we like to call it, a good webcam) and Thunderbolt I/O technology, developed by Intel and Apple.

The Thunderbolt I/O features two bi-directional channels, each with transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. For the not- so technological kinds, like me, Intel says that this means a 10-20GB movie will take less than 30 seconds to transfer. The new I/O technology gives PCI Express access straight to high speed peripherals, like USB, FireWire, RAID arrays and also high resolution display technologies such as DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and VGA.

Intel expect that the technology will be widely adopted across many laptops.

The 13-inch Pro starts at $1399, contains an Intel Core i5 and i7 dual-core processor of up to 2.7GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000.

The 15-inch and 17-inch models have a quad-core Core i7 processor with up to 2.3 GHz and up to 1GB of video memory with the AMD Radeon HD graphics processor.

All are available right now at Apple Stores, so if you’ve waited all week for the new model you can snap it up. Oh, and make sure non-Apple shops don’t sell you an old model.

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