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[Apple]Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderb

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CUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2011—Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.*
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/02/24mbp.html

Should be pretty exciting for the Mac users.
Edited by s-x - 2/24/11 at 5:55am
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It has Light Peak! I like more light peak discussion if anyone has info/insight.

"Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays."

That is one kick ass connection, I hope Apple markets this well so it becomes a standard (I'm sure they will).

I like the $1,199 entry level 13'', although overall pricing strategy hasn't changed.

In before "overpriced Apple crap lolol!". Yes Apple products are expensive, and they're a terrible choice if you don't care about design or are on a budget, everyone knows that.
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Looks like I might be getting one of the old 15" MBPs for ~40% off when apple decides to sell off its demo's.
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Can someone explain what Lightpeek is and when will it come to the PC market?
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Can someone explain what Lightpeek is and when will it come to the PC market?
"Apple suggests this will be useful for external RAID arrays, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and also mentions support for "FireWire and USB consumer devices" along with HDMI, DVI, and VGA over DisplayPort."

If it starts taking off, usb will no longer become the standard, and eventually phased out. If it doesnt, then it'll just be a specialty port like firewire.
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Don't care what anyone says, MacBooks are the sexiest designed laptops I've seen, felt and played with. Plus they have track pads done right. A bit on the pricy side, but hey on eBay you can find BNIB for $300 cheaper. Plus, they end up being cheaper than laptops sold here in Europe
    
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the intel press release calls it thunderbolt so there is no more light peak (probly because it doesnt use light)
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"Apple suggests this will be useful for external RAID arrays, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and also mentions support for "FireWire and USB consumer devices" along with HDMI, DVI, and VGA over DisplayPort."

If it starts taking off, usb will no longer become the standard, and eventually phased out. If it doesnt, then it'll just be a specialty port like firewire.
USB will stick around for most things; it is cheap and used by tons of non-bandwidth constrained devices. Light Peak is more for bandwidth intensive stuff.

I would be interested in seeing if they use the connector Intel has been showing off, or if they will be adopting a special connector for it.
    
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That thunderbolt port is pure win.

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With the 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt products you can

Transfer a full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds‡
Backup 1 year of continuous MP3 playback in just over 10 minutes‡
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the intel press release calls it thunderbolt so there is no more light peak (probly because it doesnt use light)
It can either use light or wire (I assume the wire for power, the fiber optic for data).
    
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