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Loving this new Apple product

Loving this new Apple product

Now that the MacBook Air is just a glorified iPad with a keyboard instead of a touch screen, Apple fans have been looking for the next generation of powerful, stylish Macs. Today, Apple comes through with the most capable MacBook Pro ever. Apple does not disappoint with this one!

Today's new MacBook Pro shines with a vibrant 15-inch Retina display. Under the hood, Apple boosted performance with refreshed Intel 2.2-gigahertz Intel Core i7 processor, upgradeable to a 2.5-gigahertz processor and enhanced graphics output with a dedicated AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics card. While the new graphics card delivers up to 80% faster performance for playing high-resolution games, professionals will appreciate rendering 3-D images in pro graphics apps or FinalCut Pro video editing.

But the real game changer is the new track pad. Longtime Mac users are accustomed to the built-in track pad doing just two functions: position the cursor and "click" with a press. The new track pad can actually sense how hard you press or tap. You can customize the touch pad to accomplish common functions based on the amount of pressure needed to register each click.

And there's even more good news with this new MacBook Pro!

I written before about how a computer's hard drive is the weakest link in the chain for faster performance. Those mechanical parts inside a traditional hard drive take precious fractions of seconds to access and save data on the spinning disk. This lag leaves other parts of your computer "twiddling their thumbs" just waiting for the hard drive to finish its work.

That's why the move to Solid State Drives, or SSDs, has been such a breakthrough. With no moving parts, SSDs come much closer to keeping up with speed advances in other parts of your system. Now Apple has even taken this concept to the next level.

Today's new MacBook Pro also features SSD storage it calls PCIe-based Flash Storage. Apple claims it is 2.5 times faster, moving data in and out at a blazing 2GB per second. The standard version holds 512GB of data. An optional 1TB version is also available.

But not only is the new PCIe-based Flash Storage fast, Apple also says it uses much less power than previous SSDs. Apple claims that with the new power-stingy drive, the notebook offers an additional hour of battery life, with up to 9 hours of wireless Web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback. That should be long enough to get you through most international flights.

Big Pro features

When Apple launched the revamped MacBook Air, many users were disappointed that the entire computer has just one port for power, external storage or an extra monitor. There was concern that the new MacBook Pro might also have fewer ports for the accessories that professionals depend upon. Apple must have heard the concern loud and clear because the new MacBook Pro is loaded with ports.

  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • Headphone port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Plus a dedicated MagSafe 2 power port

MacBook Pro Ports

Apple's all-new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available starting today through Apple's online store, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Configurations and pricing include:

  • A 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1,999 (US)
  • A 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics starting at $2,499 (US)
  • Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz and flash storage up to 1TB.
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