Apple MacBooks Gets Ivy Bridge and Kepler

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in News, Notebooks

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Published on June 12, 2012 with No Comments

Apple had refreshed its MacBook lineup which includes the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The new MacBooks sports Intel’s 3rd Generation Core-i processors while the MacBook Pros sport Nvidia’s GT 650M GPU.

Let’s start with the MacBook Airs. Both the 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs get the Intel dual-core Ivy Bridge Core i5 with the 11″ getting the 1.7GHz CPU and hte 13″ getting the 1.8GHz CPU. With the new CPUs, the MacBook Airs also get an upgraded GPU courtesy of the Intel HD Graphic 4000 GPU integrated into the Core i5 CPUs. Standard is 4GB RAM which can be configured up to 8GB.

The 11″ MacBook Airs come with 64GB SSD for the base model and 128GB for the higher-end model. The 13″ MacBook Airs comes with 128GB SSD for the base model and 256GB for the higher-end model.

Both MacBook Airs get a microphone, a headphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, and the Magsafe 2 port. The 13″ MacBook Air gains the addition of a SD card slot. Wireless connectivity includes WiFi-N and Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple promises 5 hours of battery life for the 11″ Air and up to 7 hours for the 13″ Air.

We reported a leaked photo of the specs of the new 13″ MacBook Pro which apparently held true when Apple announced the new MacBook Pros at this year’s WWDC. The specs from the leaked photo also holds true for the 15″ MacBook Pro to some extent. Both the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pros come in two models each.

With the 13″ MacBook Pro, the base model comes with a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU with 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD while the higher-end model comes with a 2.9GHz dual-core i7 CPU with 8GB RAM and 750GB HDD.

The base model 15″ MacBook Pro comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7 while the higher-end model comes with 2.6GHz quad-core Core i7. However, if you really need the speed, the 15″ MacBook Pro can be configured with the 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 instead. The base model 15″ also comes with 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD while the Higher-end model comes with 8GB RAM and 750GB HDD. All MacBook Pros comes with Nvidia’s GT 650M GPU with 512MB VRAM for the 13″ model and 1GB VRAM for the 15″ model.

FaceTime has also been upgraded to support 720p resolution. All MacBook Pros comes with a Magsafe port, Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800 port, two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, SDXC slot, and a Kensington lock slot. The different between the 13″ and the 15″ models is that the 13″ model combines the Audio In and Out jack while the 15″ model separates these jacks. Wilreless connections include WiFi-N and Bluetooth 4.0 just as the MacBook Airs.

Both Macbook Pros can last up to 7 hours according to Apple with a built-in 63WHr battery on the 13″ model and a built-in 77.5WHr battery on the 15″ model.

The 11″ MacBook Airs cost $999 (PhP42,900) for the base model and $1,099 (PhP47,200) for the higher-end model. While the 13″ Macbook Airs cost $1,199 (PhP51,500) for the base model and $1,499 (PhP64,300) for the higher-end model.

The 13″ MacBook Pros starts at $1,199 (PhP51,500) for the base model and up to $1,499 (PhP64,300). The 15″ MacBook Pros are $1,799 (PhP77,200) for the base model and $2,199 (PhP94,400) for the higher-end model.

All of the updated MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros are available now in the US.