Wednesday, October 25, 2006

2 for the road - new MacBook Pros!

(Oct 25) Apple just announced new MacBook Pros featuring the Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Compared to their first release of the mac book pros last January, everything else is the same except for the items below:

New Specs:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processors (4MB of shared L2 cache compared to 2MB)
  • 1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (default RAM for the $1,999 model)
  • 120 GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • Slot-load 6x SuperDrive with Dual Layer Support (DVD+R DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW)
  • Firewire 800 port
Old Specs:
  • Intel Core Duo Processors
  • 512MB (single SODIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (default RAM for the $1,999 model)
  • 80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
  • Slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
The Dual Layer DVD support is the update I have been waiting for. I got my PowerBook October 2005 and I got the last update to the Power PC line. The specs I have are:
  • Slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • 512MB of PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM running at 333 MHz (I added 1GB to make it 1.5GB)
  • 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 rpm) hard drive with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • two USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 400 and 800
The main advantages of the new macbook pros are the upgraded hard drive space and the built-in camera/remote. Plus of course, it's faster compared to the Power PC model. Anyway, I am glad to know that the MacBook Pros have reached this upgrade. However, I don't think I will make the switch to Intel yet. I am still happy with my PowerBook. =)

For those interested to find out the difference between Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo, check this link:,39029450,49283370,00.htm?r=17

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