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(Yes, Apple announced a new MacBook Pro today. Yes, you’re probably going to buy it anyways so what matter do the differences make? Yes, we’ll still tell you what those differences are.)



The questions you’re probably asking now are: Where’s all the hot, rumored redesign goodness? Where’s the solid-state hard drive? Why is the DVD drive still there? What happened to skinnier cases and half a pound weight loss? Where are 16:9 widescreen aspect-ratio displays? 
Good questions, all.

There are three interesting tweaks here, of course. Intel’s Light Peak super-fast connection is enabled on the devices, connecting through a modified Mini DisplayPort socket (and seemingly limited to a copper wire-only solution at the moment, since Intel has postponed the optical Light Peak tech). We don’t know much about this solution yet.
And Apple’s chosen to adopt a new supplier—AMD—for its higher-end switchable graphics cards (which run in parallel to integrated Intel GPUs when heavy graphics or number-crunching tasks are encounteres) instead of Nvidia units as before, and the 6750 is a pretty serious performer. The webcam has been updated to a “FaceTime HD” spec, which we suspect means 720p video capability (or possibly full 1020p) instead of the previous VGA resolution.
But in all other respects, Apple has chosen to make this update to the MacBook Pros merely a small-step-increase one, shunning radical case over-hauls, adoption of SSD tech (as used in the MacBook Air refresh) and changes to display technology. 



(Onwards and upwards, loyal readers.)

(Yes, Apple announced a new MacBook Pro today. Yes, you’re probably going to buy it anyways so what matter do the differences make? Yes, we’ll still tell you what those differences are.)

The questions you’re probably asking now are: Where’s all the hot, rumored redesign goodness? Where’s the solid-state hard drive? Why is the DVD drive still there? What happened to skinnier cases and half a pound weight loss? Where are 16:9 widescreen aspect-ratio displays? 

Good questions, all.

There are three interesting tweaks here, of course. Intel’s Light Peak super-fast connection is enabled on the devices, connecting through a modified Mini DisplayPort socket (and seemingly limited to a copper wire-only solution at the moment, since Intel has postponed the optical Light Peak tech). We don’t know much about this solution yet.

And Apple’s chosen to adopt a new supplier—AMD—for its higher-end switchable graphics cards (which run in parallel to integrated Intel GPUs when heavy graphics or number-crunching tasks are encounteres) instead of Nvidia units as before, and the 6750 is a pretty serious performer. The webcam has been updated to a “FaceTime HD” spec, which we suspect means 720p video capability (or possibly full 1020p) instead of the previous VGA resolution.

But in all other respects, Apple has chosen to make this update to the MacBook Pros merely a small-step-increase one, shunning radical case over-hauls, adoption of SSD tech (as used in the MacBook Air refresh) and changes to display technology. 

(Onwards and upwards, loyal readers.)