Apple’s range of professional laptops is renewed with new processors, finally Core generation, new graphics chips, this time signed by AMD and also latest generation connectivity with the 10Gb/s Thunderbolt port.
The entire range is renewed, not aesthetically but in what really matters, with Sandy Bridge processors and new connectivity apart from also taking advantage of the interesting graphics integrated in the processor to eliminate unnecessary chips in a size as crucial as the 13 “. This model removes the dedicated graphics but introduces a two-core Sandy Bridge processor that is noticeably faster than any Core 2 Duo from the previous generation. It also provides more autonomy, up to 7 hours, and adds the Thunderbolt port in addition to maintaining USB 2.0 connectivity, Firewire 800 and the SD card reader, which is now SDXC compatible. We will find two versions with changes in processor and hard drive with starting prices of 1149 Euros.
As for the 15” model, it now has a quad-core processor with 2 and 2.2GHz options and dedicated graphics, now signed by AMD, with two models depending on the configuration. The system allows automatic switching between chips, integrated and dedicated, maximizing autonomy up to 7 hours if we do not require dedicated graphics and also providing that extra power when necessary. The change is transparent to the user. The starting prices of this model is 1749 Euros.
Finally, the 17” model also receives the same quad-core processor with a 2.2GHz frequency, to which is added a more powerful graphics chip with 1GB of RAM that will also share space with the graphics integrated in the processor. Its price, almost 2500 Euros.
They all feature the new Lightpeak connectivity, which shares the Mini-Displayport output and which Apple has called Thunderbolt. This first implementation of the standard reaches 10Gbps, which is twice the speed that USB 3.0 supports. Apple hopes to be able to use it for high-speed storage connectivity as well as high-definition display connectivity.