Apple unleashes new MacBook Pros with Thunderbolt

As expected, Apple today has announced new MacBook Pros.

All models ship with a Core i5 or i7, with quad-core processors showing up in the 15- and 17-inch variants. Each model comes with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, with the AMD (!!) Radeon chipsets. The new machines also include a “FaceTime HD” camera, with much better low-light performance, and the ability to record and chat in 720p to other new MacBook Pro owners. An SDXC card slot is also present.

The external design looks unchanged, except for one logo on the side of the machine: Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt — Apple’s implementation of Intel’s Light Peak — boasts massive performance increases over USB and FireWire 800. Using the Mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with numerous standards, including HDMI, DVI, VGA, USB and more.

We fully expect to see this tech show up in other Apple products soon, as well as on a slew of third-party accessories.

See the complete spec list here.

Stephen Hackett, formerly a Lead Mac Genius at Apple, now spends his days running the IT department of a large non-profit in Memphis, TN. He writes about Apple, design and journalism at Like all twenty-somethings, you can find him… Full Bio