New Apple MacBook Pros announced - October 14th 2008

Apple held a press event today, October 14th 2008. Steve Jobs took to the stage and announced some superb new products, including a newly designed MacBook Pro. As the actual specification is awaiting update on their website, this is the gist of what we will be treated to. Of note the top of the MacBook Pro is made of one rigid piece of Aluminum, so is ultra-tough and light.

  • New NVidia 9400M graphics card
  • NVidia 9600M GT 512MB GPU option
  • 5 hours battery (9400M) or 4 hours (9600M GT)
  • Multitouch glass trackpad (39% more tracking space than current MacBook Pro)
  • Button is built right into the trackpad (no physical clicky button)
  • Multi-button via software
  • New four-finger gestures
  • Glass display with black bezel (like the current iMac)
  • All the ports down one side
  • Black keyboard, backlit, same key shape as current MacBook & Air
  • Magnetic Latch (yes!)
  • LED backlit display
  • Stereo speakers
  • Magnetic latch
  • Sudden motion sensor
  • Built-in iSight & Mic (no change there)
  • Ports; Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, two USB ports, MagSafe, Mini Display Port, ExpressCard 34 slot, Audio In/Out (analog and digital)
  • 0.95-inches thin
  • Battery & hard drive accessible by the user (yippee)
  • £1,399 gets you a 15-inch, 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, NVidia 9400M + 9600M GT 256MB
  • £1,749 gets you a 15-inch, 2.53GHz Core2Duo, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, 9400M + 9600M GT 512MB
  • Sounds like from the above you are getting two graphics cards, which you are, the MacBook Pro features both the NVIDIA 9400M integrated graphics processor and a high-performance NVIDIA 9600M GT discrete graphics processor
  • £1,949 gets you a 17-inch, old design case, 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, NVidia 8600M GT 512MB
  • All models come with SuperDrive

Both of these models will be shipping today and 'in stores tomorrow'. Wowza!