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Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup updated, new Thunderbolt I/O will hook just about every peripheral you have

Apple just updated their MacBook Pro line with three new models – 13”, 15” and 17” in size. Their sleek aluminum bodies have Intel Core i processors along with new graphics and plenty of battery life.

The three new MacBook Pros also feature the new Thunderbolt port, which supports more or less every wired-connectivity technology you can think of…

The 13” MacBook Pro starts from $1199, which nets you Intel Core i5 @ 2.3GHz, 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD. There’s a dual-core Core i7 @ 2.7GHz version too and you can have up to 8GB of RAM, a 500GB HDD (5400rpm) or a 512GB SSD.

The 13” version is limited to Intel HD Graphics 3000, but at least it boasts an impressive battery life of 7 hours (“wireless web” usage). It weighs 2.04kg.

The 15” MacBook Pro starts from $1799 with a quad-core Core i7 @ 2.0GHz, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive. There are other HDD options and SSDs too. For a higher price ($2,199), you can upgrade to a 2.3GHz Core i7 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M.

This 15-incher also boasts 7 hours of battery life and weighs 2.54kg.

The 17” MacBook Pro starts at the hefty $2,499 for a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 (you can upgrade to 2.3GHz), AMD Radeon HD 6750M, and a 750GB HDD. The screen has an impressive resolution of 1920×1200 pixels.

This model weighs a hair under 3kg and will also go for up to 7 hours.

The MacBook Pros feature Apple’s new Thunderbolt I/O (co-developed with Intel and formerly Light Peak), which offers speeds up to 10Gbps. With the proper adapter, the universal Thunderbolt port can connect to PCIe, USB, FireWire, Ethernet and DisplayPort (which means HDMI, DVI and VGA too).

All the new MacBook Pros feature unibody aluminum bodies, FaceTime HD cameras, illuminated keyboards, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and the iLive creative suite.

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