MacWorld ’06 started today, and what did Steve Jobs announce but the very first Intel-powered Macintoshes. One was the iMac, as predicted, the other was the newly-christened MacBook Pro, starting at $1,999.
Of course, the base model is for poseurs and ne’er do wells, so if you’re going to throw down Mac dollars, best be saving up $2,499. And what does that $2.5k buy you? Simply the best laptop you could possibly
lust after want desperately ever lay hands on:
- 15.4-inch TFT display with 1440×900 resolution
- 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with 2MB shared L2 Cache
- 667MHz frontside bus
- 1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
- 100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- Slot-load SuperDrive (DVDÂ±RW/CD-RW)
- ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory
MacBook Pro also features a full-size backlit keyboard, AirPort Extreme wireless networking (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, ExpressCard/34 slot, dual-link DVI video out, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0, FireWire 400, and optical digital and analog audio in/out.
Their marketing lit also claims a 4x speed bump over the G4 Powerbooks. We’ll see if that bears out, but I’d trade my existing 15″ PB and my left arm for one.
Hammina hammina hammina. Daddy likes.
UPDATE: Engadget was on the scene at MacWorld and has hands-on impressions of the MBP. Suh-weet.