If you've followed our Mac coverage over the past year you know I've been telling everyone to wait until Apple brought Arrandale into its MacBook Pro lineup. The time has finally come and this week Apple updated its entire MacBook Pro lineup.

While the 13-inch models still sport Core 2 Duo CPUs, the 15 and 17-inch models now ship with your choice of Core i5-M or Core i7-M processors. In a somewhat unexpected twist, all of the new models ship with discrete graphics courtesy of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 330M. 

Intel gets to sell Apple some chipsets again and NVIDIA gets its GPUs in the new systems (possibly making even more money than before). But do you all benefit? Read on to find out!

Update: We've added benchmarks of the Core i7 model as well on Page 3!

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  • michal1980 - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    thats what this place feels like now. I geuss the website redesign was timed to that reflect change. Reply
  • Cardio - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Apples guarantees "Up To" 1,000 battery recharges is complete idiot speek. 7 recharges would comply with that guarantee. That is just the same as saying "not more than". Apple you always double-talk or just outright lie. Reply
  • solipsism - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Wow! What an asshat comment. Apple and Sony are the only two PC vendors that I know of that report accurate battery specs.

    "The built-in battery in the new 13-, 15-, and 17-inch MacBook Pro is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles."

    http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html

    I just returned a 2.5 year old battery to Apple a couple months ago because it wasn't holding a charge and only a few hundred cycles on it. It wasn't under any warranty and they gave me a new one right then and there for free.
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  • omgrtm - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Also, as a company you have to show proof (based on statistical analysis) for all your advertising claims. Not entirely sure about numbers, but something like 9 in 10 at least should meet the stated (would be 1000 recharges in this case), for you to be able to use 'up to'. You'd be incredibly unlucky to get 7 in reality. Reply
  • sebmel - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Apple changed my last battery, too... 2.5 years old... it got the Sony problem... swelled up.
    The internal regulations appeared to be change if less than 300 cycles.
    Mine was 320 or so and they changed it anyway.

    Apple seem pretty good at offering a new battery that fails to meet their advertised expectation so I'm guessing they are going to honour these ones up to 1000 cycles.
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  • sebmel - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Error, apologies:

    Apple seem pretty good at offering a new battery WHEN ONE fails to meet their advertised expectation so I'm guessing they are going to honour these ones up to 1000 cycles.
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  • tynopik - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    "Less than 20 fps under World of Warcraft at 800 x 600"

    Actually, it's 52.3
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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    haha, wow, fixed :)

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • surgex - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Can you tell us how this will work, or IF it will work at all? Reply
  • surgex - Thursday, April 15, 2010 - link

    Sorry, I see it now..

    "Despite using a NVIDIA GPU, there's no support for Optimus under Windows 7 on the new MacBook Pro. The GeForce GT 330M is always in use there regardless of whether you use an Optimus enabled driver or the 196.21 driver that comes with the MacBook Pro."

    That is really BS if you ask me, but who would expect anything less from Apple...
    Do you forsee any way of a third-party enabling this functionality in the future though, or no?
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