Hey, discrete graphics all around. Wonder why you can't get at least an i3 in a 13" MBP - why redesign the motherboard to add discrete graphics and not go all out to add the new chipset? That's too bad.
The good news is that according to Notebook check, the discrete graphics aren't too shabby for mobile (though kind of low-rent for an $1800 machine - 256MB of VRAM is not sufficient, IMO). A huge leap over the GeForce 9400M, but that's not saying much.http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeF ... 437.0.html
- 48 shaders, 40nm DX10.1 parts.http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeF ... 701.0.html
- similar specs, probably lower speeds
I dunno, I love Apple but these machines are not good values for the money and they're late to market. I'm sure they'll sell fine but I think this was poor execution on Apple's part. I mean, they had Nehalem Xeons before anyone else yet they're like 3 months late to the mobile Core i5 party.
Also, I was informed on the front page that some dual-core parts are being labeled Core i7. I have to assume that the i7 in these machines (which runs 1.06GHz faster than the the Core i7 720M) is a 32nm dual-core part.