Apple adds new Intel processors, more memory to MacBook Pro

Posted by Mark Raby

Cupertino (CA) - Apple has updated its line of MacBook Pro computers to include configurations with the latest Core 2 Duo processors and up to 4 GB of DDR2 SDRAM.

The new configuration is based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform, with an 800 MHz front-side bus.  It also includes an Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics card.

The Pro comes with 4 MB of shared L2 cache, as well as 2 GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, which can be upgraded to 4 GB.  Apple says the new Intel processor can run Mac applications 50% faster than the previous Core Duo model.

Although the Intel chipset includes the proprietary Kedron wireless technology, Apple is continuing to use its AirPort platform.  It has built-in 802.11n wireless networking, the latest specification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The MacBook Pro is available with either 2.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz processors, and comes with a built-in iSight webcam.  Additionally, it comes packed with Bluetooth, two FireWire ports, a DVI output, ExpressCard expansion slot, and a backlit keyboard.  It of course also comes with iLife pre-installed, which includes iPhoto, iMovie, and iTunes.

The new configurations are available as of today, with the 2.2 GHz model going for around $2000.  The 2.4 GHz unit comes with a 15-inch monitor for a list price of around $2500, or a 17-inch display for around $2700.