Debut Tuesday reveals new MacBook Pro’s schizophrenic battery

Today’s MBP debut sees the addition of  a hyphen into quoted battery life spec, an addition which leaves Apple lying twice per machine – that or simply unsure of themselves. At least however, the MBP spec leak was wrong! The hyphen denotes a new automated graphics-switching technology which oscillates between GPU’s (Intel HD or nVidia 320 GT) for on-the-fly battery conservation. Apple claim 8-9 hours of use for their higher end 15 and 17-inch models and 10 hours for their single-GPU 13-inch model. Apple’s laptops never get their quoted battery spec, so it is reasonable to assume 6-9 hours of light use with the new machines, which while hardly marginal, should confuse spec-buyers.

For the geek, highlights include Intel’s new Core i5 and i7 processors (15 and 17 inch models only), the inclusion of fast GPU switching technology, and a fancy-pants nVidia 330 M/GT GPU* accomodates Intel’s slower Intel HD Graphics.

The new 13-inch MBP starts at USD 1199$ while the higher spec’d 15 and 17-inch models start at USD 1799$ and 2299$ respectively.

*Error fixed

  • Zane

    The 15″ & 17″ MacBook Pro’s will include the higher end 50% faster Nvidia 330M GPU as well as the Intel HD Graphics chip. The 13″ will have the Nvidia 320M and will only have the choice of the older Intel Core 2 Duo, reserving the newer Intel Core i5 & i7 CPU’s for the larger models.

    Full Specs From AppleInsider:

    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/13/apple_releases_new_macbook_pros_with_intel_core_i7_i5_processors.html

    The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), includes:
    13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
    2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
    250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    two USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    SD card slot;
    combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    The 2.66 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
    13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
    2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
    320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    two USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    SD card slot;
    combined headphone/line in (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 63.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    Build-to-order options for the 13-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 rpm or a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, 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.

    The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:
    15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;
    320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    two USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    audio line in (analog/digital);
    audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    The 2.53 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
    15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 256MB of VRAM;
    500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    two USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    audio line in (analog/digital);
    audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    The 2.66 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,199 (US), includes:
    15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 4MB shared L3 cache;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
    500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    two USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    audio line in (analog/digital);
    audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 77.5WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    Build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a high resolution 15-inch 1680 x 1050 display in glossy and antiglare, a 500GB 5400 rpm or 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, 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.

    The 2.53 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,299 (US), includes:
    17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
    2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
    500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
    a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
    Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
    AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
    Gigabit Ethernet port;
    iSight video camera;
    three USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
    audio line in (analog/digital);
    audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

    Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory, a 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB solid state drive, antiglare display, 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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