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MacBook Pro


The first MacBook Pro was introduced in January 2006 and the most recent version was updated in July 2014. The MacBook Pro is the top of the range Apple laptop. It comes with a multi-core processor which brings high speed when working with power hungry applications. It also includes an iSight camera, built into the lid, and a Power Adapter called a "MagSafe 2”. This disconnects immediately if it is pulled, and should protect your laptop if someone trips on its power cable.

All MacBook Pros come with a unibody design, where the aluminium casing is made from one piece, making it strong and robust.
The MacBook Pro's trackpad is a "gestures trackpad", called the Multi-touch trackpad. This works like an iPhone or iPad touch where the user can "pinch" or "swipe" using their fingers on the trackpad. They also have new graphics cards which offers very fast speeds for video.

Almost all of the MacBook Pros come with a retina display, which means that you can’t see the individual pixels on the screen.

The MacBook Pro currently has the following connectors (ports) and features:
  • USB (for printers, cameras, scanners, iPhone etc.).
  • Thunderbolt port for connecting to high speed external drives and screens
    • Multi-touch trackpad for "gestures" such as swipe and pinch (as with the iPhone or iPad)
    • Sound in and headphone socket.
    • "Gigabit" ethernet (high speed ethernet for high speed networks)
  • SD slot for camera cards
    • Also includes a MagSafe power adapter
  • The Retina Display models do NOT have a SuperDrive- an external SuperDrive can be purchased
  • The Retina Display models have SSD drives, with faster speeds but lower capacity

Buy now at the Apple Store:
Non-retina Display Model-
  • 13" 2.5 GHz Intel Dual-Core i5, 500 GB: €1149 / £899

Retina Display Models-
  • 13” 2.6 GHz Intel Dual-Core i5, 128 GB SSD: €1349 / £999
  • 13” 2.6 GHz Intel Dual-Core i5, 256 GB: €1549 / £1149
  • 13” 2.8 GHz Intel Dual-Core i5, 512 GB: €1849 / £1399

  • 15” 2.2 GHz Quad-Core i7, 256 GB SSD: €2049 / £1599
  • 15” 2.5 GHz Quad-Core i7, 512 GB SSD: €2549 / £1999

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