Announced: First of the Intel-Powered Apple Laptops

MacBook Pro
Apple has announced the first of their Intel-powered portable lineup , and it’s not an ultralight 13-inch widescreen iBook as so many have rumored – instead it’s a 15-inch “MacBook Pro“. The new MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Core Duo 1.67GHz or 1.83GHz CPU.

* 1.67GHz or 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
* 2MB L2 Cache
* 667MHz Front Side Bus
* Upto 2GB of PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 memory
* One Firewire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports
* One ExpressCard/34 slot
* Built-in 802.11g Wireless and built-in Bluetooth 2.0, as well as Gigabit ethernet
* Full-size keyboard
* ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor, dual link DVI support, 128MB GDDR3 – 256MB GDDR3 memory
* 15.4-inch widescreen (1440×900)
* 80GB – 120GB Serial ATA Harddrive
* SuperDrive (DVD Burner)
* 14.1-inches wide, 9.6-inches deep, 1-inch high, 5.6lbs

Even though it’s not an actual ultraportable, it is noteworthy, and one thing I want to talk about that I think is really cool is Apple’s new A/C adapter with a “MagSafe Connector”. This power adapter locks into the MacBook using magnets, but it’s made to basically break away – if somebody trips over your A/C adapter’s cord, the MagSafe Connector can pop off without tearing up either the A/C adapter or pulling the MacBook off the table. I’m hoping that this becomes a standard feature in all laptops, not just Apple’s. Demonstration:

MacBook Pro Latch

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One Response to Announced: First of the Intel-Powered Apple Laptops

  1. Kip says:

    I need this plug for my Dell. Not a week goes by that my kids or my dog don’t almost pull my notebook off the table.