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Apple refreshes the Macbook Pro… mostly

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No earth-shaking news here: Apple refreshed their Macbook Pro line with a quiet store announcement today. The 15- and 17-inch models look good for the desktop replacement crowd, but folks interested in the more portable 13-inch MBP seem to be getting the short end of the stick.

Both the 15- and 17-inch models are getting upgraded to the new Intel Core processors with a selection of Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs. 15, i5, 17, i7. Seems logical that the 13-inch would get a Core i3 option, but it’s stuck with Core 2 Duo instead. Faster ones but still the old designs.

On the plus side, it gets a graphics boost (though still integrated), and the 63.5 Whr battery is supposed to last up to 10 hours. Normally I’d assume that’s really up to 8 hours actual, but I recall we got burned the last time we doubted a 10-hour battery claim from Apple. Still, even if its actual run-time is 8 hours, that’ll cover most people’s day.

For more what’s new in the high-end luggables, check out Josh’s rundown at Notebooks.com.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

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