Apple Unveils New 15.4-inch MacBook Pro; Updates 17-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Submitted by lalit on October 14, 2008 - 2:37pm.

Along with the 13-inch MacBook, Apple also introduced the new 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, which uses the same manufacturing process and glass trackpad found on the 13-inch model. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has precision unibody enclosure crafted from a single block of aluminum, resulting in thinner, more durable and incredibly beautiful designs.
“Traditionally notebooks are made from multiple parts. With the new MacBook, we’ve replaced all of those parts with just one part—the unibody,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design. “The MacBook’s unibody enclosure is made from a single block of aluminum, making the new MacBook fundamentally thinner, stronger and more robust with a fit and finish that we’ve never even dreamed of before.”
The new glass multitouch trackpad found on both the 13-inch and 15-inch models will allow gestures like pinch, rotate and swipe. New gestures allow users to activate Expose or switch between applications at the touch of a fingertip. The entire trackpad surface is also a button, allowing users to both track and click virtually anywhere on the trackpad.
The MacBook Pro is 0.95-inch thick and weighs 5.5 pounds. The use of new manufacturing process has decreased the thickness of the laptop but not weight. The laptop uses a new graphics architecture that allows users to switch between the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for better battery life and the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics processor for higher performance. There will be two models available a $1,999 priced models that will feature 2.4GHz processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB hard drive and 256MB graphics cards, and a $2,499 model that features 2.53GHz processor, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive and 512MB graphics cards.
Apple has updated the 17-inch model, which keeps its original aluminum design, and now comes standard with a high resolution 1920 x 1200 LED backlit display and a larger 320GB hard drive, it will be priced $2,799. Apple has also updated the MacBook Air, now it includes new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics and a faster architecture to provide robust support for 3D games. Two models of MacBook Air will be available, one with 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 120GB hard drive for $1,799, and the other with 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 128GB SSD for $2,499. Below is complete configuration of 15-inch MacBook Pro:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display
  • 2.4 or 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB or 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB or 512MB GDDR3 video memory
  • 250GB or 320GBserial 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 for video output (adapters sold separately)
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • One FireWire 800 port
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
  • Glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard

[Via Apple]