MacBook Pro line gets Core 2 Duos

A couple of months behind most of its competitors in the PC market, Apple has finally updated its flagship MacBook Pro notebooks to include Intel's latest mobile Core 2 Duo processors. The two models with 15.4" screens carry the same $1,999 and $2,499 price tags as before, and the 17" model remains $2,799, as well. However, Apple has selected 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz Core 2 Duos to replace the 2.0GHz and 2.16GHz Core Duos that were offered by default in the previous models, and the machines now come with 1GB-2GB of RAM instead of 512MB-1GB, and 120GB-160GB hard drives instead of 80GB-120GB. The two 15.4" MacBook Pro models were also beefed up with faster DVD burners and support for FireWire 800.

Surprisingly, despite all the upgrades, Apple says the updated 15.4" MacBook Pro models can enjoy 30 more minutes of battery life than their predecessors, adding up to a total of five hours. The refreshed MacBook Pros are available from the Apple Store right now. Apple quotes a lead time of between two and 10 business days depending on the model.

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