Updated New MacBook Pros 2011: Specs & Price 13, 15 & 17-inch

News on the internet over the last few days has been rife with rumors about what the new MacBook Pro Refresh will bring, and now thankfully, we can give you the full rundown. Following on from an Apple event which has taken place today, the 13,15 and 17-inch laptops will all enjoy the updates given below.

Firstly, regarding the 3 models themselves, we can tell you that the 13 and 15-inchers will both have 2 new models whilst the higher end 17-inch will have just the one model. Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 and i7 processors will now be included, NVIDIA has been taken out of the equation and replaced with AMD 6000M graphics as well as faster connection speeds thanks to Thunderbolt I/O, something of which we spoke about yesterday. Just this alone will increase speeds up to 20 times compared to the previous USB 2. It works on the principle of 2 bi-directional channels as Engadget stated, which transfer speeds up to 10Gbps each.

As well as faster connection speeds, the MacBook Pro family will now enjoy a built-in FaceTime High Definition camera which will bring clear crisp widescreen video calls thanks to the upgraded resolution. This can be accessed between all new MacBook Pro models, standard resolution calls with other Intel included Macs, current iPod Touch and iPhone 4. For anyone thinking of purchasing the new models can expect to find FaceTime already included, but for other Intel based Macs, this will be available at 99 cents from the Mac® App Store℠. In terms of appearance, the MacBook Pro models will include LED-backlit wide-screen display, illuminated full size keyboard, glass Multi-Touch trackpad as well as 7 hours battery life.

For each of the models, you will be pleased to learn that all with have the inclusion of Mac OS® X Snow Leopard® giving Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, file sharing made easy, automated data backup and so on. As well as this iLife® will benefit MacBook Pro users with apps for creating and sharing of photos including browsing, editing and then sharing, music and movies. WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port and so on.

If we take a closer look at the 3 in question and break down the specifications, we can see the smaller 13-inch starting off at $1,199 which will feature a 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive with its second model incorporating a 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive with a starting price of $1,499. Both these and the 15-inch will come including a glossy display which if specified can be changed to a matte finish.

Moving on to the mid-range 15 and high end 17-inch models. Again as with the 13-inch MacBook, the 15-inch which will come as 2 models the first having a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 7490M and 500GB hard drive with a starting price of $1,799. The second will include a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at a higher price of $2,199. In terms of the 17-incher, this will include a 2.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and will be priced at $2,499.

Following on from Apple’s event (head on over to SlashGear for the press release), Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller said, “The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers. Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

For anyone interested in purchasing one of the new MacBook Pros head on over to the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores or Apple Authorized Resellers, free shipping is expected to take 1-2 business days.

Give us your thoughts on today’s news? Were the updates what you were expecting? Any disappointments?