MacSolutions Plus Newsletter – 3/7/11

Apple updates MacBook Pro.

Apple® has 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.* 

Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications. 

Come in and experience the NEW MacBook Pro. 

*Testing conducted by Apple in February 2011 using preproduction MacBook Pro configurations

New MacBook Pro: What’s included.

Every new MacBook Pro comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. 

Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. 

The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs. 

Come in and let our experts show you the new MacBook Pro

Which MacBook are you?

Is the MacBook Pro right for you? Well, having used one for a few weeks, I’ll say that these laptops are definitely viable alternatives to a desktop machine. The quad-core processors in the 15-inch and 17-inch models are very, very fast. You’ll zip along in Photoshop, iMovie – whatever you’re doing. Even the dual-core in the 13-inch is up to twice as fast as it was before. But, depending on what you’re doing, you may not need a machine this fast – you may be better off with a MacBook or MacBook Air. I’d recommend checking out the specs, then coming into one of our stores (Eastern Hills Mall and West Seneca) so you can try them for yourself, and talk with one of our specialists about which Mac is right for you.

Garret Cleversley, President/CEO, MacSolutions Plus