New Apple MacBook Pros features Thunderbolt Technology

Apple today unveiled its new line of 13-, 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro notebooks which features Intel’s next generation processors, Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera.

With two bi-directional channels, Apple claims that Thunderbolt, a technology developed by Intel, can transfer files at 10 gigabits per second, about twelve times faster than FireWire and twenty times faster than USB 2.0.

Thunderbolt aslo offers native support for Mini DisplayPort and through the use of adapters connect to DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, and VGA displays. Up to seven devices can be daisy-chained off a single Thunderbolt port.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199 ($1,249 CDN); and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499 ($1,549 CDN).

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 ($1,849 CDN) and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199 ($2,249).

The 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499 in both Canada and the U.S.

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