Faster forward – new MacBook Pros are here

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As expected, Apple unveiled a new line of MacBook Pros on Thursday, saying that the new models take three “big leaps forward.”

The 13-inch model comes with a dual-core i5 Intel processor. The quad-cord i7 processor is available on the 15-inch and 17-inch models.

The laptops have entirely new graphics processors, as well, ditching NVIDIA graphics for a combination of Intel’s Sandy Bridge CPU and, on the larger models, AMD Radeon graphics processors. The AMD graphics chips take over in graphics-heavy programs such as games or applications that use high-definition video.

Finally, as rumored, the computers have a new input/output port that Apple is calling Thunderbolt, which is based on Intel’s Light Peak technology. The company says Thunderbolt can transfer files at up to 10 Gbps.

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