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New Macbook Pro: Upgraded features list in 2011 refresh

Last week we gave you some clues on an upcoming Macbook Pro 2011 refresh which would be happening sometime in November, but now we have more concrete information for you, including what new specs the models will possess.

As expected, it looks like Apple will be upgrading the new Macbook Pro models with faster processors, as well as more storage space than current models. At the moment, the fastest Macbook Pro available is a 17-inch quad-core Intel i7 2.2Ghz model coming with 4GB of RAM and 750GB of RAM, but information acquired by 9to5Mac suggests that Apple are planning to boost this up to a quad-core Intel i7 2.4Ghz processor.

The popular 13-inch model Macbook Pro is also due an upgrade, as it looks like consumers will now have the option of choosing between a 2.4 GHz dual core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive, or a faster 2.8Ghz processor with 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive.

The pleasing aspect of the forthcoming upgrades, is that it is likely that they will be available at the same prices of current models. It means that for the 13-inch models listed above, the prices should come in at $1199 and $1499 which is what you’ll see at the US Apple store at the moment.

You can check out upgrade information for the upgraded 15-inch Macbook Pro over at 9to5Mac if you’re interested. There’s still no official release date for the new refresh, but then again – there never is when it comes to Apple Store updates.

Unfortunately, there is no information on how the upgrades will affect the graphics on the Macbook Pro. Currently, Apple offer the Amd Radeon HD 6490M or 6750M graphics card for their 15-inch and 17-inch Macbook Pro models respectively, but fans will be eager to see the 13-inch models gain a decent graphics card, rather than the infamously bad integrated Intel graphics that comes equipped on current models.

Are you looking to upgrade your Macbook Pro to the latest models? Is graphics the deal breaker for you, or is it mainly about processor speed?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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