By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Apple announced upgrades to its MacBook Pro notebooks today. As someone who bought a 15-inch MacBook Pro in 2009, I had the usual conflicted feelings about the news. Yes, I’m in favor of technological process, and it’s good to hear about worthwhile new products I might want to buy or recommend someday. But learning that something you bought fairly recently has been trumped by something radically better is never a great feeling–even though it’s one that you will have, repeatedly, if you buy tech products.
In this case, the new MacBooks weren’t great leaps forward (if they had been, Steve Jobs probably would have been on a stage somewhere in the Bay Area rhapsodizing over them). The major news was new Intel CPUs, and if you need speed, it’s a pretty big deal: Gizmodo says the new Intel i7 CPUs in the 15- and 7-inch Pros are fifty percent quicker than the Core 2 Duos they replace. Fortunately for me, I’m not despondent to hear that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro is much faster than the one I have–because the one I have is fast enough, for now.
It was other stuff–relatively humdrum stuff–that made me slightly envious. Like bigger hard drives and better battery life. (The 250GB drive in my Pro is ridiculously maxed out and not easy to replace, and I spend a meaningful percentage of my life fretting over the fact that my battery is about to die.) I was also intrigued by a new high-resolution screen option.
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