Apple today updated the aluminium unibody MacBook Pro line to include 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models featuring a built-in battery that supplies up to 40 per cent longer battery life.
The MacBook Pro line is the company’s greenest range starting at just $1899, with some models up to $500 less than the previous generation. Every Mac notebook has EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design according to Apple.
Each unibody enclosure is made of recyclable aluminium and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. All MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models contain no brominated flame retardants and use internal cables and components that are PVC-free.
“Across the line, all of our new MacBook Pro models now include Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life, while staying just as thin and light as before,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“Starting at just $1899, the aluminium unibody MacBook Pro is more affordable than ever and sets a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.”
The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models include Apple’s built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge without adding thickness, weight or cost. The battery delivers up to 1000 recharges before it reaches 80 per cent of its original capacity — nearly three times the lifespan of conventional batteries.
The new models can be upgraded with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB hard drive or up to a 256GB solid state drive, while the 15-inch and 17-inch models can also be upgraded to a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
The 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models are now available through the online Apple Store, Apple retail stores and Apple authorised resellers. Apple also commented that from September 2009, all new systems purchased will be shipped with the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard. All models purchased between 8 June and 26 December without the new operating system will be eligible to receive the new OS X for free (plus shipping and handling fee of $14.95).