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New MacBook Pro / Thunderbolt Sections Live in Apple Site

Feb 24 2011, 8:29am CST | by , in News | Apple

New MacBook Pro / Thunderbolt Sections Live in Apple Site
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But the store is still down.

Apple has just altered their website to contain a section "introducing Thunderbolt". This is Apple's marketing name for the new Intel Light Peak technology. The Thunderbolt port is a new I/O technology that is capable of providing ten watts of power and acting as a USB or FireWire slot. It can also connect to Gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel networks.

Any Mini DisplayPort display will plug into a Thunderbolt port, as can an HDMI, DVI or VGA display with no additional adapter. File transfer speeds are roughly 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and roughly ten times as fast as USB 3.0.

Apple has also updated their website with the new MacBook Pro line. It includes 13", 15" and 17" machines. The prices range from $1199 to $1799 all the way on up to $2499. The 15" and 17" models have Intel Core i7 quad-core processors and the 13" model has a dual-core i5 or i7 processor. All models have one Thunderbolt port.

Graphics come from AMD Radeon on the 15" and 17" models and are billed as being 3x faster than the last generation cards. FaceTime HD is also confirmed for the new Pros, every model will be able to make high definition video calls through the same interface you're familiar with on your iPhone 4.

So there we go. The wait is over. Apple's store is still down, but that state of affairs won't last long.

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