Alright people, you know the drill. Apple’s expected to introduce new MacBook/Pro/Air today, and the Apple Store went down around five minutes ago at c. 11.39 UK time.
Sure enough around 1:30pm the Apple Press Release appeared – so read all about the new Macs in the release below – they’re faster, offer excellent battery lives and we’re very curious about the graphics processor.
Apple Updates MacBook Pro Line
CUPERTINO, California—April 13, 2010—Apple® today updated the MacBook® Pro line with faster processors, powerful next-generation NVIDIA graphics and even longer battery life. The popular 13-inch MacBook Pro features the new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics and a groundbreaking 10-hour built-in battery.* The new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and Apple’s new automatic graphics switching technology that toggles seamlessly between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors.
The new MacBook Pro is as advanced on the inside as it is stunning on the outside,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”
Toshiba has introduced two new 2.5-inch (laptop) hard drives offering the largest amount of storage in their classes, meanwhile in separate component news, we confirm our report last week that Apple has reached a quarter million deal with Samsung to secure iPad screen supplies.
Toshiba’s first drive is the standard 9.5 millimeter-thick, two-platter hard drive model MK7559GSXP with the maximum capacity of 750GB. This is a standard SATA 2 hard drive that can fit in any laptop computer.
The second drive is a three-platter drive that comes in the new 12.5 millimeter thick platform, which offers 750GB and 1TB of storage.
As this is a thicker drive it is possible we may have to wait a while longer before 1TB becomes standard issue in Apple’s thin laptops, but the theoretical maximum is in sight. We can imagine this kind of capacity would benefit anyone involved in serious video or audio production work.