Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line With Intel Thunderbolt Technology

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 02-24-2011

Apple has updated its line of MacBook Pro notebooks in four major ways, adding next-generation processors from Intel; graphics technology from Advanced Micro Devices; Intel's new Thunderbolt connectivity solution, which is debuting on the Apple devices; and a wide-screen high-definition FaceTime camera.

Apple unveiled the new MacBook Pros Feb. 24, and Intel made an accompanying announcement about Thunderbolt, which had been referred to as "Light Peak." Along with Thunderbolt, the new Apple notebooks offer Intel's next-generation Core i5 and i7 "Sandy Bridge" processors, AMD Radeon graphics.

Apple is offering two new 13-inch MacBook Pros, starting at $1,199; two new 15-inch models, starting at $1,799; and a new 17-incher, starting at $2,499.

Thunderbolt, on which Apple collaborated with Intel, is an I/O technology based on PCI Express and DisplayPort and is envisioned as a way of connecting just about anything to your notebook. It enables high-performance peripherals and high-resolution displays to connect via a single port and can transfer data at speeds up to 10G bps. According to Apple, "The Thunderbolt pipeline is more than 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 ... It changes what you can do on a notebook."

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple's Refreshed MacBook Pros Boast Intel Thunderbolt.