Product Notes: Apple MacBook Pro
February 26th, 2008
Apple announced updates today to its MacBook Pro line of 15-inch and 17-inch models that feature Intel's recently introduced Penryn microprocessors. These new models also include a smaller version of the multi-touch trackpad introduced in the MacBook Air, which supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities. Other changes in these latest MacBook Pros include increased memory for their discrete video cards.
Notable in what is not included is any significant modification to the aging case design, higher resolution displays for the MacBook Pro 15-inch, or integrated WWAN capability.
This fairly significant update follows a previous minimal MacBook Pro update in November 2007. The MacBook Pro 15-inch meets or exceeds the Mid-Weight Notebook specifications in the newly-revised Notebook Computer Purchasing Guide. The MacBook Pro 17-inch meets or exceeds the Mainstream 'Desknote' specifications in the 'Desknote' Buyer's Guide.
Like all other current Apple notebooks and desknotes, the MacBook Pro has received a Silver rating from EPEAT and is Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Configuration & Ordering Notes
Several notes when ordering a MacBook Pro:
ISC sees the MacBook Pro 15-inch as being a solid choice among mid-weight notebooks available in early 2008. It also remains Apple's only choice for Mac OS users who require either significant expansion capabilities or discrete graphics cards.
MacBook Pro graphic courtesy of Apple
--John Mulhern III, Senior Project Leader, ISC Technology Support Services (February 26th, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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