Apple this week updated its MacBook Pro laptop selections with models that sport new processors and graphics as well as speedy I/O technology and a HD camera. These notebooks are also green focused, targeting specific energy efficiency and chemical free standards set by the company for all of its computers.
On the green side the new MacBook Pros, which come in 13-, 15- and 17-inch displays sizes and range in price from between $1,200 and $2,500, are EPEAT Gold and Energy Star 5.0 focused. This means that these laptops are much more energy friendly than most others on the market. Also, Apple said that “each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.”
The new MacBook Pros all feature various configurations of Intel Core i5 and i7 dual or quad core processors and either Intel HD Graphics 3000 or AMD Radeon HD graphics processors. They are also the first computers to market to host Thunderbolt I/O technology. This technology, developed by Intel and Apple, features two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to 10Gbps each to support both high performance peripherals and high resolution computer displays through the same data port.
Also of note on these Apple computers is the new FaceTime HD camera, which the company says works with its FaceTime video calling software to allow high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone 4 and the current generation iPod touch.