Apple has very quietly bumped the specs on its Sandy Bridge MacBook Pro lineup ahead of the holiday shopping season - all models see small clock speed bumps (0.1 GHz in the 13" and 0.2 GHz in the 15" and 17" models), while the 13" models get bigger hard drives and the 15" and 17" models get a GPU upgrade. Base prices remain the same for all configurations - see the updated spec table below for details.

Late 2011 MacBook Pro Lineup
  13-inch (low end) 13-inch (high end) 15-inch (low end) 15-inch (high end) 17-inch
Dimensions 0.95 H x 12.78 W x 8.94 D 0.95 H x 12.78 W x 8.94 D 0.95 H x 14.35 W x 9.82 D 0.95 H x 14.35 W x 9.82 D 0.98 H x 15.47 W x 10.51 D
Weight 4.5 lbs (2.04 kg) 4.5 lbs (2.04 kg) 5.6 lbs (2.54 kg) 5.6 lbs (2.54 kg) 6.6 lbs (2.99 kg)
CPU 2.4 GHz dual-core Core i5 2.8 GHz dual-core Core i7 2.2 GHz quad-core Core i7 2.4 GHz quad-core Core i7 2.4 GHz quad-core Core i7
GPU Intel HD 3000 Graphics Intel HD 3000 Graphics Intel HD 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6750M (512MB) Intel HD 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6770M (1GB) Intel HD 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 6770M (1GB)
RAM 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (8GB max) 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (8GB max) 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (8GB max) 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (8GB max) 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (8GB max)
HDD 500GB 5400 RPM 750GB 5400 RPM 500GB 5400 RPM 750GB 5400 RPM 750GB 5400 RPM
Display Resolution 1280x800 1280x800 1440x900 (1680x1050 optional) 1440x900 (1680x1050 optional) 1920x1200
Ports Gigabit LAN, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, SDHC slot, combined audio in/out jack Gigabit LAN, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, SDHC slot, combined audio in/out jack Gigabit LAN, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, SDHC slot, separate audio in/out jacks Gigabit LAN, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, 2x USB 2.0, SDHC slot, separate audio in/out jacks Gigabit LAN, Firewire 800, Thunderbolt, 3x USB 2.0, separate audio in/out jacks, ExpressCard 34 slot
Price $1,199 $1,499 $1,799 $2,199 $2,499

The refresh also replaces the AMD Radeon HD 6750M in the high-end 15" and the 17" MacBook Pros with the 6770M, which has the same number of shaders but faster core and memory clock speeds (Notebookcheck.net says that the core/memory speeds are 725MHz and 1600MHz, compared to the 600MHz and 900MHz of the 6750M, though Apple's clocks may differ slightly). The 256MB 6490M in the low-end 15" configuration has now been replaced with the 6750M, as well.

Those looking for a more substantial upgrade to the lineup will likely have to wait until next year, when in all likelihood the laptops will receive Intel's forthcoming Ivy Bridge CPUs and chipsets.

Source: Apple

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  • ImSpartacus - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    I put Win7 on my MBP13'09. I am most comfortable with Windows and there was no comparable laptop on the market in the summer of 2009.

    In all honesty, the Macbook Pros haven't changed much since then. Performance has ballooned (mostly due to SNB) and battery life has evolved, but the Macbook Pros haven't had groundbreaking changes. Yet, they are still able to hold their own in today's market (though less so than a few years ago).

    So there must be something to a Macbook Pro that makes them competitive. It's more than the performance. It's more than the operating system. It's in the little things. Battery life is stellar for such high performance machines. Build quality is top-notch. The trackpad is STILL unmatched. The keyboard is satisfactory. The screen is excellent for a TN. Each quality is unremarkable by itself, but when you combine them all in a machine that's much smaller than the competition, you have a winner.
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  • bupkus - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Another very well stated appreciation of the MBP.

    Thanks for avoiding even addressing the mud slingers of both camps; civility is so nice to hear.

    Taking different positions is fine. I like to read of different takes but abusive diatribes really is unnecessary and just plain ugly.
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  • KoolAidMan1 - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    Great post. For whatever drawbacks they may have, they get more right overall than the majority of other laptops. Lenovos and MBPs are all I consider at this point, and the price argument goes right out the window there as the machines I'd want are priced pretty closely. Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Yup, you get what you pay for.

    I, too, considered both Thinkpads and MBPs for my first laptop. While I love the Thinkpad aesthetic, the MBP's trackpad and battery life ultimately won me over.
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  • Phanbot1 - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Perish the thought, Lion is so much nicer than Win 7. from the moment I got it, I kicked Win 7 off my 17" MBP. Reply
  • lukarak - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    I will still use windows, but i don't have them installed separately, everything i need is in a couple of windows and linux VMs. And all that in a macbook pro that doesn't run hot, that you install a little piece of software to manually control the fan speed, that can run just fine at 100% with just the battery, that has the best ergonomics, the best trackpad, one of the best keyboards (at least i have the same for my desktop so it's perhaps just being used to it), a great display, and available repair parts.

    Lion, with the multitouch touchpad and multiple desktops has increased my productivity significantly. It's so refreshing not to have to use a key combination to switch between the 6-10 desktops i have open.
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  • starfalcon - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    It's Apple dude.......I've been outraged at their prices for a long time, but I just go get something else and let them make their money. Reply
  • KoolAidMan1 - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    The prices are "ridiculous only if you compare them to garbage laptops with crap screens, keyboards, and trackpads. Comparably priced and specced Lenovos like the x220 come out around the same. HP Elitebooks and Sony Zs can be even more expensive.

    If you want a cheaply made notebook or one that compromises portability and battery life in any way, you can absolutely get a less expensive one. If you want to compromise on fewer things then you'll spend more whether it is from Apple or anyone else.
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  • damianrobertjones - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Let's hope that it's not thrown on as seen via tear downs Reply
  • stm1185 - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    They really couldn't bump that up to 8gb at $2500! Reply

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