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As expected, Apple took the wraps off some incredible new MacBook Pros today– and by incredible we do mean incredible. We’re talking much faster, and much, much more powerful that if your looking for a new computer you’re gonna wanna know about. So what you waiting for? We got everything you’re gonna want and need to know about them after the break!

There’s a whole lot new here so let’s get right to it.

Processor

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All the new MacBook Pros got major updates to their processors to the latest and greatest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The 13 inch gets a bump from the older Core 2 Duos to either a dual core i5 or i7 processor (i5 standard on cheaper MacBook Pro 13, i7 on higher end. Basically, two ridiculously fast processors– much faster compared to the Core 2 Duos), and the 15 and 17 inch both get upgraded to a quad-core i7 (standard on both).

For those who don’t know, what really makes these new Intel processors so great isn’t just their speed (which they definitely got), it’s how they use their speed. All Intel Core i5 and i7′s feature some tech called Turbo Boost. What this tech does is it automatically adjusts how much power its using based on what you’re doing. Doing heavy multitasking, gaming or burning music into iTunes? It’ll speed itself up so things go faster. Just writing a paper in Word, browsing the web or doing something “simple”? It’ll shut down some of the extra power that’s just sitting on the side so that you get maximum battery. It’s pretty remarkable and all is done behind the scenes– nothing for you to do or manage.

Graphics

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The new MacBook Pros also make a big switch graphic wise. Gone are the NVIDIA graphics found on the older models, instead they’re replaced with new AMD Radeon ones. This switch though only happens on the 15 and 17 inch models and offers more graphics power (both have separate video RAM so that all your games, videos and pix look incredible). The 13 inchers switch over to new Intel graphics built-in to the new processors, and while not as powerful as the new AMD graphics, it should be more than fine for some decent gaming and video watching (these new Intel graphics are also on the 15 and 17 inch models for when you want to get better battery life).

Thunderbolt

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The new Thunderbolt port

No, not that ThunderBolt. Consider this the next generation of USB. Created by Intel and formerly called Light Peak, this is a smaller USB-looking cable (see below) that is much more powerful and much, much faster. With speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second (that’s 10 GB a second!), imagine backing up a 500 GB hard drive in under a minute! Transferring a full HD movie to a tablet to watch on the go? 30 seconds.

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The Thunderbolt cables

And with Apple’s support of this new tech, we expect not only new iPods, iPhones and iPads to eventually support this (and we wouldn’t be surprised if they started to this year) but also other computer manufactures and electronics makers (like camera and hard drive manufacturers) to jump on board soon as well.

All The Rest

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As we reported the other day, these new more high-powered MacBook Pros keep the same price as their  predecessors (always nice when you get more bang for your buck). Here’s what the new packages look like (all can be customized to a degree on Apple’s site):

  • 13 inch $1199– 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 320 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics, SD card slot, 7 hour battery.
  • 13 inch $1499– 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 500 GB hard drive and same RAM, graphics, SD card slot and battery as above.
  • 15 inch $1799– 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (this is more powerful than the ones above as its got 4 cores compared to 2. So it’s really like 8 GHZ here compared to 5.4 GHZ on the high-end 13 inch), 4 GB RAM, SD card slot, 500 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics , AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB dedicated RAM (separate from the 4 GB of RAM for the rest of the computer, this is RAM only for the graphics card. The Intel graphics use some of that 4 GB regular RAM), 7 hour battery life.
  • 15 inch $2199– 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 4 GB RAM, SD card slot, 750 GB hard drive, Intel HD Graphics , AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB dedicated RAM (perfect for the gamers and movie makers out there), 7 hour battery life.
  • 17 inch $2499Same as above $2199 15 inch just with a bigger screen and extra USB port (3 compared to the usual 2).

Again, you can customize all of these with higher hard drives, more powerful processors and other assorted options. Oh, and all of these new MacBooks Pros come with FaceTime HD video cameras for HD FaceTime video chat (FaceTime not included but available in the Mac App Store for $0.99. Yeah, this is pretty weird and annoying but you still can use Skype, iChat and other video chat apps for free).

Anyways there you have it, all the info you need to know on these pretty solid new MacBook Pros. What you think– you gonna get one?

The new MacBook Pros are available now on Apple’s site here.