MacBook Pro, Air and Cinema Display
Next in focus - MacBook Air
When it comes to MacBook Air, we notice some changes there, too. Although there are not any changes in the body, there is one in the graphics – they now have a GeForce 9400M too. The DisplayPort is there too, just like the rest of the models in the series. This interface allows the transfer of a video signal with high quality on a display up to 30", while the size of the port is ten times smaller than DVI.
In their basic configuration we find a dual core CPU at 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM and a 120 GB hard disk. The final price is $1800 – 50% more expensive than the previous generation.
There is no local network cable support and the laptop has been negatively criticized for it.
MacBook Pro – an expensive gadget
MacBook Pro 17" laptops are also keeping their old body, but now they all have a display with resolution 1920x1200 and LED illumination. The price is not $2800 for no reason – they are proud owners of a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz CPU with 6 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz bus and 4GB DDR2 at 667MHz operating memory. A 320 GB hard disk and a nVidia GeForce 8600M GT with 512 MB GDDR3 finalize the configuration. Too bad it's not a 9400M.
We also see some changes in the 15" version of the Pro series. A new body, bigger touch pad, and new graphical system with nVidia GeForce 9600M, together with the integrated 9400M. The GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) has 32 computing cores versus the 16 on the 9400M.
The frames of MacBook Pro and MacBook are now made with entire aluminum sheets, which makes them thinner and stronger.
Apple's LED Cinema Display
Apart from the title-obvious LED illumination, the monitor also has integrated web camera iSight, a microphone, stereo and aluminum body. The main idea behind this beauty is to be used by MacBook owners – the MagSafe magnetic connector, three USB 2.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort should be enough for you to do this. However, if you want to plug in some of the older notebooks you will have to use a VGA, DVI-D or DVI/HDMI adapter.
As stated by Apple's vice president Philip Schiller – this is Apple's “best of the best". Features include a matrix resolution of 1920x1200 and compatibility with the Energy Star 4.0 standard, as well as no longer using mercury and arsenic in the product components. It will hit the stores in November and the price will be $900.