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The early 2010 MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro was announced at Macworld San Francisco 2006, replacing the PowerBook as Apple's portable notebook designed for the high-end market. It is Apple's first ever laptop to include an Intel processor and it broke with the "Power-" naming prefix for Apple's high-end notebook line. Eventually the PowerMac G5 followed suit and became the Mac Pro. While initially only a 15" model was available, Apple later introduced a 17" model several months later on April 24, 2006. When it was announced at MacWorld San Francisco 2006, Apple claimed it was between 4 and 5 times faster than its predecessor. Currently the MacBook Pro features 64-bit Core 2 Duo processors and fully supports all of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard's" features.

On October 2008, the MacBook Pro received its first major redesign. The form factor itself was relatively unchanged from the PowerBook G4. It took design cues from the iMac with the use of aluminium and glass and also incorporates Apple's new "Unibody" manufacturing process.

In June 2009 the main MacBook line was merged into the MacBook Pro line.

In February 2011 the MacBook Pro line gained Intel's "Sandy Bridge" processors, and a huge performance boost along with it.

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Rev. J

Overview

Apple announced the Rev. J MacBook Pro at WWDC 2012. Notable improvements included a new Retina display option and SSDs as an option for all models.

Graphics have also been further improved, with all models receiving the new Intel HD 4000 graphics processor, with the high-end 15 inch models featuring automatic graphics switching between the energy efficient Intel HD Graphics and powerful nVidia 650-series processors.

Specifications

Low-end 13" High-end 13" Low-end 15" High-end 15" Low-end Retina 15" High-end Retina 15"
Price (USD) $1,199 $1,499 $1,799 $2,199 $2,199 $2,799
Processor Intel Core i5 Dual Core Intel Core i7 Dual Core Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core)
2.5GHz 2.9GHz 2.3GHz 2.6GHz (BTO i7 2.7GHz) 2.3GHz 2.6GHz (BTO i7 2.7GHz)
3MB L3 Cache 4MB L3 Cache 6MB L3 Cache
Memory 4 GB (BTO 8 GB) 8 GB 4 GB (BTO 8 GB) 8 GB 8 GB (BTO 16 GB)
Storage 500 GB at 5400 rpm (BTO 750 GB at 5400 RPM, 128/256/512 GB SSD) 750 GB at 5400 rpm (BTO 1 TB at 5400 RPM, 128/256/512 GB SSD) 500 GB at 5400 rpm (BTO 750 GB at 5400 RPM, 750 GB at 7200 RPM, 1 TB at 5400 RPM, 128/256/512 GB SSD) 750 GB at 5400 rpm (BTO 750 GB at 7200 RPM, 1 TB at 5400 RPM, 128/256/512 GB SSD) 256 GB SSD 512 GB SSD (BTO 750 GB SSD)
Graphics Intel HD 4000 Intel HD 4000 / nVidia GeForce GT 650M Intel HD 4000 / nVidia GeForce GT 650M with automatic graphics switching
384 MB (4 GB) or 512 MB (8 GB) shared DDR3 memory 512 MB shared DDR3 memory 384 MB (4 GB) or 512 MB (8 GB) shared DDR3 / 512 MB GDDR5 memory 512 MB shared DDR3 / 1 GB GDDR5 memory 512 MB shared DDR3 / 1 GB GDDR5 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive No Optical Drive
Display LED-backlit glossy 13.3" - 1280x800 resolution LED-backlit glossy 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution LED-backlit glossy 15.4" - 2880x1800 resolution
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth
Other SDXC card slot, Two USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt port SDXC card slot, Two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports

Rev. I

Overview

Apple announced the Rev. I MacBook Pro on February 24, 2011. Notable improvements included new high-speed I/O interface called Thunderbolt, Core i5 and i7 processors for all models, quad-core CPUs in the 15" and 17" models, and dramatic improvements in overall performance while maintaining similar battery life.

Graphics have also been improved, with all models receiving the new Intel HD 3000 graphics processor and the 15" and 17" models featuring automatic graphics switching between the energy efficient Intel HD Graphics and powerful ATI Radeon 6000-series processors.

Specifications

Low-end 13" High-end 13" Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,199 $1,499 $1,799 $2,199 $2,499
Processor Intel Core i5 Dual Core Intel Core i7 Dual Core Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core)
2.3GHz 2.7GHz 2.0GHz 2.2GHz (BTO i7-2820QM 2.3GHz)
3MB L3 Cache 4MB L3 Cache 6MB L3 Cache (BTO i7-2820QM with 8MB L3 Cache)
Memory 4 GB (2x 2GB) 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (supports up to 16 GB)
Storage 320 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm 500 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm 750 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm
Graphics Intel HD 3000 Intel HD 3000 / AMD Radeon 6490M with automatic graphics switching Intel HD 3000 / AMD Radeon 6750M with automatic graphics switching
384 MB shared DDR3 memory 384 MB shared DDR3 / 256 MB GDDR5 memory384 MB shared DDR3 / 1 GB GDDR5 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED-backlit glossy 13.3" - 1280x800 resolution LED-backlit glossy 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (BTO option of 1680x1050 glossy or antiglare screen) LED-backlit glossy 17" - 1920x1200 resolution (BTO option of antiglare screen)
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth
Other SD card slot (13" and 15" only), ExpressCard 34 Slot and 3rd USB Port (17" Only), one FireWire 800 port, one Thunderbolt port

Rev. H

Overview

Apple announced the Rev. H MacBook Pro on April 13, 2010. Notable improvements included Core i5 and i7 processors for the 15" and 17" models, available high-resolution glossy and anti-glare displays for the 15" model, and increased battery life across the product line.

Graphics have also been improved, with the 13" model receiving the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M processor and the 15" and 17" models featuring automatic graphics switching between the energy efficient Intel HD Graphics and powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M processors.

Specifications

Low-end 13" High-end 13" Low-end 15" Mid-range 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,199 $1,499 $1,799 $1,999 $2,199 $2,299
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i5 (BTO 2.66GHz Core i7 option)
2.4GHz 2.66GHz 2.4GHz 2.53GHz 2.66GHz 2.53GHz
3MB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache 4MB L3 Cache 3MB L3 Cache
Memory 4 GB (2x 2GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (supports up to 8 GB)
Storage 250 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm 320 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm 500 GB Serial ATA at 5400 rpm
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 320M Intel HD / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with automatic graphics switching
256 MB shared DDR3 memory 256 MB shared DDR3 / 256 MB GDDR3 memory256 MB shared DDR3 / 512 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED-backlit glossy 13.3" - 1280x800 resolution LED-backlit glossy 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (BTO option of 1680x1050 glossy or antiglare screen) LED-backlit glossy 17" - 1920x1200 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth
Other SD card slot, one FireWire 800 port One ExpressCard/34 slot, One FireWire 800 port

Rev. G

Overview

The Rev. G MacBook Pro was announced at WWDC 2009. It featured a longer lasting (but non-user replaceable) battery, screen with "increased color gamut," an SD card slot (but controversially dropping the more flexible ExpressCard/34 slot), and faster processors. Apple also lowered the prices compared to previous versions. The unibody 13" MacBook line was merged with the MacBook Pro line with this revision. The base 15 inch model dropped NVIDIA discrete graphics.

The 15" MacBook Pro received a new set of processors with different L2 cache sizes. The previous 2.4GHz 3MB and 2.53GHz 6MB processors were dropped. The processor choices are now 2.53GHz w/3MB, 2.66 w/3MB, 2.8GHz w/6MB and 3.06 w/6MB.

Specifications

Low-end 13" High-end 13" Low-end 15" Mid-range 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,199 $1,499 $1,699 $1,999 $2,299 $2,499
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo
2.26GHz with 3MB L2 Cache 2.53GHz with 3MB L2 Cache 2.66GHz with 3MB L2 Cache 2.8GHz with 6MB L2 Cache
Memory 2 GB (2x 1GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (supports up to 8 GB) 4 GB (2x 2GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (supports up to 8 GB)
Storage 160 GB Serial ATA, 5,400-rpm 250 GB Serial ATA, 5,400-rpm 320 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm 500 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT
256 MB shared DDR3 memory 256 MB GDDR3 memory512 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED Backlit 13" - 1280x800 resolution LED Backlit 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1920x1200 HD resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth
Other SD card slot, one FireWire 800 port One ExpressCard slot, One FireWire 800 port

Rev. F

Overview

After several months of rumors, accurate predictions and real photographs, the Rev. F MacBook Pro was finally released at Apple's notebook event on October 14, 2008. The new "Unibody" enclosure enabled Apple to produce a slightly slimmer case, yet also slightly heavier. The new design also allows hard drive access, as an officially user installable part.

After teaming up with NVIDIA, Apple decided to use two GPUs in the MacBook Pro, a 9400M GT for light work and a 9600M GT for graphically intensive applications. According to NVIDIA, the MacBook Pro does not feature HybridSLI. Apple also decided to use a NVIDIA chipset, although it still has the same 1066 MHz FSB capabilities as Intel's Montevina. DDR3 RAM was also included for the first time, and RAM upgrades were made much more affordable through Apple than they have been in the past.

The unibody 17" MacBook Pro was announced on January 6, 2009 at the MacWorld San Francisco Expo. Apple increased the CPU speeds in the high-end 15 inch MacBook Pros in March, 2009, also increasing maximum RAM expandability.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499 $2,799
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.53 GHz, BTO option of 2.8 GHz (2.66GHz and BTO of 2.93GHz starting March, 2009) Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.66 GHz (BTO option of 2.93 GHz)
1066 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache1066 MHz FSB, 6 MB shared L2 cache1066 MHz FSB, 6 MB shared L2 cache
Memory 2 GB (2x 1GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM4 GB (2x 2GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM4 GB (2x 2GB) 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Supports up to 4 GB (2x 2 GB) (Unofficially up to 6 GB) Supports up to 4 GB (2x 2 GB) (Unofficially up to 6 GB); up to 8 GB (2x 4 GB) in March, 2009 models Supports up to 8 GB (2x 4 GB)
Storage 250 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm 320 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm
BTO options for up to 320 GB at 7,200 rpm or 5,400 rpm or 128 GB SSDBTO option for up to 320 GB at 7,200 rpm or 128 GB SSDBTO option for up to 320 GB at 7,200 rpm, 128 GB SSD, or 256 GB SSD
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT
256 MB GDDR3 memory512 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED Backlit 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1920x1200 HD resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) (BTO option of Antiglare display)
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth

Rev. E

Overview

This eagerly anticipated update occurred on February 26, 2008. The incremental update included Intel's latest Penryn-based Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives, more VRAM and multi-touch trackpads as well as a few other minor tweaks. Interestingly, the previous base model MBP had 4 MB of L2 cache while the Rev. E's base model has 3 MB of L2 cache. However, the higher clock speed will more than make up for the smaller L2 cache.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499 $2,799
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.5 GHz (BTO option of 2.6 GHz)
800 MHz FSB, 3 MB L2 cache800MHz FSB, 6 MB shared L2 cache
Memory 2 GB (2x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
Offically supports up to 4 GB (2x 2 GB); Unofficially, system supports up to 6 GB (1x 4 GB and 1x 2 GB)
Storage 200 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm 250 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm
BTO options for 200 GB 7,200 rpm or 250 GB 5,400 rpmBTO option for 200 GB 7,200 rpmBTO options for 200 GB 7,200 rpm or 300 GB 4,200 rpm
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB GDDR3 memory NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED Backlit 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1680x1050 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
BTO option of a glossy display BTO option of 1920x1200 HD display and an optional glossy display
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth

Rev. D

Overview

The Revision D MacBook Pro was released on June 5, 2007. It marked an industry-first in the 15" MacBook Pro's LED backlit LCD screens. An optional extra for the 17" MacBook Pro was also introduced allowing users to customize their MacBook Pro with a high-definition screen sporting a 1920x1200 resolution. The new Crestline Intel chipset boosted processor performance and coupled with the new graphics card from NVIDIAs eighth-generation lineup, helped increased performance by over 50% in some cases compared to the original 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo based MacBook Pros.

Minor additions were also made such as a faster SuperDrive for the 15" model and the ability to customize the 15" or 17" model with a 7,200 rpm hard drive boasting 160 GBs.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499 $2,799
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.4 GHz (BTO option of 2.6 GHz)
800MHz system bus, 4 MB shared L2 cache
Memory 2 GB (2x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
Supports up to 4 GB (2x 2 GB)
Storage 120 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm 160 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm
BTO option of up to 200 GB 7,200-rpm or 250 GB 5,400-rpm
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128 MB GDDR3 memory NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display LED Backlit 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1680x1050 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
BTO option of a glossy display BTO option of 1920x1200 HD display and an optional glossy display
Wireless Airport Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth

Benchmarks

Bare Feats - 3D Game Benchmarks

Rev. C

Overview

Released on October 24, 2006, the Rev. C MacBook Pro added 64-bit Core 2 Duo processors and also added several enhancements to the 15" model which were present on the 15" PowerBook G4 but missing from the Rev. A and Rev. B MacBook Pro. The 15" model now includes a FireWire 800 port and a double-layer SuperDrive. Both models also sport slightly higher clock speeds on their Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics cards.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499 $2,799
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.33 GHz
667 MHz system bus, 4 MB shared L2 cache
Memory 1 GB (1x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) 2 GB (2x 1GB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
Supports up to 3 GB (1x 2 GB and 1x 1 GB)
Storage 120 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm 160 GB Serial ATA at 5,400-rpm
BTO option of up to 200 GB 4,200-rpm BTO option of up to 200 GB 4,200-rpm or 100 GB 7,200-rpm
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 MB GDDR3 memory ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 6x Double-layer SuperDrive 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1680x1050 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
Wireless Airport Extreme (D-Link RangeBooster N 650 - Draft 802.11n) and Bluetooth

Rev. B

Overview

On May 16, 2006, Apple announced a minor processor upgrade for the 15" MacBook Pros. The 17" MacBook Pro did not receive a faster processor as it already had a 2.16 GHz Core Duo processor. The only other change made was the addition to be able to customize the MacBook Pro to include a glossy screen.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15"
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499
Processor Intel Core Duo at 2 GHz Intel Core Duo at 2.16 GHz
667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache

Rev. A

Overview

The 15" Rev. A MacBook Pro (MBP) was announced on January 10, 2006 and started shipping in February 2006. The new 15.4" widescreen notebook was thinner than the 17" PowerBook G4, weighed only 5.6 pounds and had a 67% brighter display than the previous model. Apple stated it was as bright as their high end line of Cinema Displays. While this revision was to originally feature 1.67 GHz and 1.83 GHz Core Duo chips, they were upgraded to 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz respectively before shipping [1]. Apple stated thast this first MBP was 4 to 5 times faster than the PowerBook G4.

The MBP introduced a number of firsts. The new MagSafe power connector was designed to break away from the computer in the event of sudden force being exerted on the cord, such as someone tripping on the wire. It was also the first Mac notebook to have a built-in iSight (with a higher resolution than the standard iSight) and an ExpressCard/34 slot. However, the 15" MBP lacked FireWire 800, a modem, a PCMCIA slot and a dual-layer DVD burner - features the 15" PowerBook G4 had. The display had 60 fewer vertical lines of pixels than the 15" PowerBook G4, although this change was done to place the aspect ratio to 16:10, in line with Apple's Cinema Displays. Like all Intel models, there was no support for Classic.

Specifications

Low-end 15" High-end 15" 17"
Release Date February 14, 2006 April 24, 2006
Price (USD) $1,999 $2,499 $2,799
Processor Intel Core Duo at 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo at 2 GHz (BTO up to 2.16 GHz) Intel Core Duo at 2.16 GHz
667 MHz system bus, 2 MB shared L2 cache
Memory 512 MB (1x 512 MB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) 1 GB (1x 1 GB) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
Supports up to 2 GB (2x 1 GB)
Storage 80 GB Serial ATA at 5,400rpm 100 GB Serial ATA at 5,400rpm 120 GB Serial ATA at 5,400rpm
BTO options of 120 GB at 5,400rpm or 100 GB at 7,200rpm. BTO option of 100 GB at 7,200rpm
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 MB GDDR3 memory ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB GDDR3 memory
Media 4x SuperDrive 8x Double-layer SuperDrive
Display 15.4" - 1440x900 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio) 17" - 1680x1050 resolution (16:10 aspect ratio)
Wireless AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, IR sensor

History

On June 6th, 2005, Apple announced that they would be transitioning the Macintosh to Intel processors. The news came as a surprise to many. In the months prior to Macworld San Francisco 2006, an Intel based iBook was expected to be announced at the expo, with a PowerBook coming several months later. Instead, Apple introduced this new model entirely. At WWDC 2009 Apple merged the 13-inch aluminum MacBook line into the MacBook Pro line. They also replaced the ExpressCard slot with an SD slot on the 15-inch MacBook Pro and added the SD lot to the aluminum MacBook.

NVIDIA 8600m Failures

The NVIDIA GForce 8600m used in the Rev D and E MacBook Pro (15 and 17 inch) fails. Apple has extended the warranty of the GPU to 3 years to help cover the issue while other computer manufacturers opted to replace the GPU with an ATI GPU. Apple KB article

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