Apple has announced the specifications of the new MacBook Pro’s. The upgrades of the cpu and gpu where expected of course, but the biggest news is the introduction of Intel’s Thunderbolt I/O technology to Apple’s professional notebook series.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch features the dualcore versions of the Intel Core i5 and i7. The Intel Core i7 quad-core processors are standard on the MacBook Pro 15 and 17-inch. The processor and graphics engine are on one chip for better performance. Hyper-Threading will be standard, which virtually doubles the amount of cores on the processors. According to Apple the performance of the new MacBook Pro will be up to two times faster than the previous versions of the notebook series.
The FireWire 800 and USB ports are there again, but the Thunderbolt I/O port steals the show. Thunderbolt offers up to 10 Gb/ second data transfer speeds. That’s two times faster than USB 3.0 and about 20 times than USB 2.0.
Thunderbolt is good news for both video and audio enthusiasts. The small port can chain up to 6 devices. Thunderbolt is ideal for fast data transfer from the laptop to an external hard disk or NAS. Mobile audio interfaces with Thunderbolt support can handle a lot of audio inputs and outputs, that’s nice for recording big orchestras on the road!
AppleInsiders says that Thunderbolt is exclusive for Apple computers until 2012. PC users have to wait until spring next year. Now we have to wait upon the first arrival of Thunderbolt devices…
Via: Create Digital Music