Apple rumour Web site Macrumors has posted pictures of the new Macbook Pro notebook, revealing updated processing and graphics components and a new input/output port called Thunderbolt.
Pictures and information that were originally posted on French site Mac4Ever and German site fscklog were collated on Macrumors, with a translation of the specifications revealing roughly similar specifications to the outgoing model.
|Apple Macbook Pro comparison|
|Model||Apple Macbook Pro 13in (late 2009)||New Apple Macbook Pro 13in (early 2011)|
|CPU||2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, dual core||2.3GHz Intel Core i5, dual core|
|Graphics chipset||NVidia GeForce 320M, 256MB shared memory||Intel GMA HD 3000 integrated graphics, 384MB shared memory|
|Internal hard drive||250GB, 5400RPM||320GB, 5400RPM|
|RAM||4GB DDR3 RAM, 1066MHz||4GB DDR3 RAM, 1333MHz|
|Display resolution||1280x800 pixels||1280x800 pixels|
|I/O ports||Gigabit Ethernet, SDHC card slot, FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, Mini DisplayPort, audio I/O||Gigabit Ethernet, SDXC card slot, FireWire 800, 2x USB 2.0, 'Thunderbolt' I/O, audio I/O|
The photos of the new Macbook Pro show what is believed to be the base 13in configuration, which should have a similar retail price-point to the outgoing $1449 model. The updated model gains a larger hard drive and newer graphics and CPU components, using Intel's Sandy Bridge chipsets. The same 4GB amount of RAM remains, but is rated at a higher clock speed. Pictures on the Mac4Ever Web site show a partial view of the new notebook sporting a trackpad that looks larger than the current model's multitouch setup.
Other notable inclusions in the alleged latest iteration of the Macbook Pro include an SDXC-compatible SD card slot, allowing memory cards of up to 2TB capacity to be used, and an input/output port that the Apple packaging calls Thunderbolt. Visually similar to the pre-existing Mini DisplayPort standard used by Apple, reports indicate that this new connection bus could be based on Intel's high-speed Light Peak technology. The Apple iSight camera has been renamed FaceTime HD.
The new Macbook Pro has already drawn criticism from Ars Technica for its screen resolution — the 1280x800 pixel unit has the same resolution as the outgoing model, whereas the more recently released 13in variant of the Apple Macbook Air has a higher-quality 1440x900 pixel display.
No pricing information is available yet, but Apple is expected to make an announcement on the price of the new Macbook Pro on Thursday.