it’s the core 2 macbook pro!

October 24, 2006

After literally months of “it’s just got to be tomorrow!” Apple today updated the MacBook Pro line to include, among other niceties, Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors (the mobile variety, of course) at 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz speeds, a minor bump from the previous generation. The new models also receive upgraded RAM loadouts (1GB standard on base models, upgradeable to 3GB), 6x double-layer SuperDrives for 15-inch varieties, FireWire 800, and bigger hard drives (120GB standard). Graphics duties are still handled by the ATI Radeon X1600, the same as before.

And there was much rejoicing. I, at least, will be purchasing one later today. You can expect some sort of write-up on it when it arrives in “2-4 business days” (we’ll see). In all, though, it’s just enough of an upgrade to keep me from feeling guilty about not waiting (groan) for the new Santa Rosa platform, due in 1H ’07. At least those guys over at MacRumors can be at peace now.

–D. S. W.


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