Apple gears up to ship MacBook Pro with CPU speed boost

Notebooks now running at up to 2.16GHz

When it launched the MacBook Pro in January, Apple said it would begin shipping the Intel Core Duo-based notebook this month. Today, it narrowed the timeframe down to this week, but compensated patiently waiting purchasers with a processor upgrade, bumping the original 1.67GHz and 1.83GHz standard models to 1.83GHz and 2.0GHz.

And buyers ordering via Apple's website can even choose a 2.16GHz processor as one of the build-to-order options.

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The other specs remain unchanged: both contains ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 GPUs with 128MB and 256MB of GDDR 3 graphics memory, respectively, driving a 15.4in, 1440 x 900 widescreen display. System memory starts at 512MB of 667MHz DDR 2 SDRAM for the 1.83GHz machine, and 1GB for the other. The lower-end machine ships with an 80GB 5,400rpm Serial ATA hard drive, while the other has 100GB drive. Both notebooks contain a DVD±RW/CD-RW optical drive.

The two machines have built in Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. For expansion, there's one FireWire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports and an ExpressCard/34 slot. There's an integrated digicam too.

Prices start at £1429/$1999 for the 1.83GHz model, rising to £1779/$2499 and beyond if you opt for the BTO options. ®

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