Apple Adds New MacBook Pro

Apple today pulled out one of its big guns as it unveiled a new laptop powered by an Intel Core Duo Processor. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro is priced at $2,799 and should be available next week.

The 17-inch MacBook Pro, said Apple, sports a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo Processor and reportedly runs up to five times faster than the 17-inch PowerBook G4. Features of this laptop, which has an aluminum enclosure which is one inch thin, include a weight of 6.8 pounds, a built-in video camera, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 PCI Express graphics with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory, a scrolling trackpad, FireWire 800 and 400 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, optical and digital audio input and output, built in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and integrated AirPort 802.11g WiFi wireless networking.

“The 17-inch MacBook Pro delivers the speed and screen area of a professional desktop system in the world’s best notebook design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in a statement. “With Intel’s state of the art dual-core processor, the new 17-inch MacBook Pro delivers unrivaled performance in an innovative, sleek, one-inch thin design.”