New-ish MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro Ad
I received this email ad from Apple this morning, which touts a “new, more powerful MacBook Pro .” The ad goes on:

“Available in 15-inch and 17-inch models, the new MacBook Pro is faster and better than ever—with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, NVIDIA 8600M graphics, and a Multi-Touch trackpad.”

Faster? Nope. My 15-inch MBP has a 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, the same as the ‘new’ top 15-inch model. Some reports claim the new models run cooler, but certainly no faster, as the ad claims.

NVIDIA 8600M graphics? Well, technically it’s the GeForce 8600M GT , which, again, is the same as in my ‘old’ model.

Multi-Touch trackpad? Ah! Something new! This fancy new pad allows “pinch, swipe, or rotate to enlarge text, advance through photos, or adjust an image”. This is essentially the iPhone interface on a laptop. While cool, it’s clearly not as useful as it is on the iPhone. The iPhone UI is amazing because all you have is a screen, no other input, no keyboard, no mouse. On a laptop, many of these features are better done with the keyboard. But it is new.

The only other difference I can find is the addition of a USB2.0 port on the left (power) side. This I’m glad to see, since my MBP only has one USB port on each side and the right side can be cumbersome, since plugs/wires coming out of the right side can get in the way of mouse placement.

Overall, this ‘new’ batch of MacBook Pros is a very small change.