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During the keynote, Apple Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller said that each MacBook Pro includes an LED-backlit display with greater color intensity, the innovative glass Multi-Touch trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire 800 port and state-of-the-art Nvidia graphics. Pricing starts at US$1,199 with some models up to $300 less than the previous generation.
"Across the line, all of our new MacBook Pro models now include Apple's innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life, while staying just as thin and light as before," Schiller said.
The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models include Apple's built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge without adding thickness, weight or cost, he added. Using Adaptive Charging and advanced chemistry first introduced with the 17-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, the built-in battery delivers up to 1,000 recharges before it reaches 80 percent of its original capacity -- nearly three times the lifespan of conventional batteries. The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste, said Schiller.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is an upgrade at a lower price than the original aluminum MacBook it replaces. With the same sleek design, all 13-inch MacBook Pro models now include a seven hour built-in battery, an SD card slot, a FireWire 800 port, an illuminated keyboard and an improved LED-backlit display with 60 percent greater color gamut. Featuring the Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive priced at $1,199, and another with a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive priced at $1,499.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features a seven hour built-in battery, an SD card slot, an improved LED-backlit display with 60 percent greater color gamut and 4GB of RAM across the line at an entry price $300 less than before. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in three models: a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 250GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics for a new entry price of $1,699; a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 320GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics for $1,999; and a 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 500GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics for $2,299.
The 17-inch MacBook Pro, which includes an eight hour built-in battery, an ExpressCard slot, a brilliant LED-backlit display, 4GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics, has been updated to include a faster 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a larger 500GB hard drive for $2,499, which is $300 less than before.
All MacBook Pro systems feature Apple's aluminum unibody design and, for the first time, can be upgraded with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB hard drive or up to a 256GB solid state drive. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models can also be upgraded to a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. All MacBook Pro systems include a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort to connect with the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display.
Apple today also updated the MacBook Air. Measuring just 0.16 to 0.76-inches thin and weighing just three pounds, the MacBook Air is available in two models starting with the new entry price of $1,499 for a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 120GB hard drive and Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics, and a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 128GB solid state drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for $1,799.
Every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. All MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models contain no brominated flame retardants and use internal cables and components that are PVC-free. The built-in battery design results in less waste and depleted batteries can be replaced for $129 or $179, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 17-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are now available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Mac OS X Snow Leopard will be shipping in September, and any new Mac system purchased without Snow Leopard from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller between June 8 and the end of the program on Dec. 26 is eligible for the Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-To-Date upgrade package available for a product plus shipping and handling fee of $9.95. Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 90 days of purchase or by Dec. 26, or whichever comes first. For more information go here.
Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR 3 memory, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, anti-glare display for $50 (US), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.
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