Apple Launches New MacBook Pro Models with Quad Core CPUs, Thunderbolt

Posted on February 24, 2011 by

As expected, Apple launched new MacBook Pros this morning. The  15″ and 17″ models  offer Quad Core CPUs now, with the 2.2GHz Quad Core 2720QM and 2.0GHz Quad Core 2630QM.

Apple has also introduced a hybrid Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort on the new MacBook Pros. This uses Intel’s Light Peach technology which offers speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. This technology is expected to replace the need for USB 3.0. Apple has posted a page dedicated to Thunderbolt at

Here are the specs of the new models available on the Apple Store:

  • 17″ 1920×1200 Display. 2.2Ghz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. $2499
  • 15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.2GHz Quad i7. 750GB HD. AMD 6750M 1GB. $2199.
  • 15″ 1440×900 (1680 option) Display. 2.0GHz Quad i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. AMD 6490M 256MB. $1799
  • 13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.7GHz Dual i7. 4GB RAM. 500GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. $1499
  • 13″ 1280×800 Display. 2.3GHz Dual i5. 4GB RAM. 320GB HD. Intel HD Graphics. $1199

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