Quick look: Early 2011 MacBook Pro
I reviewed the mid-2009 MacBook Pro nearly 2 years ago. Yesterday Apple released a press release, updating the entire MacBook Pro lineup. I’d heard news of an update earlier this week and was excited to see some changes. Unfortunately the update was a bit lackluster. Not to say that the machine isn’t an incredible piece of engineering and relatively good value, but this is essentially the same as the summer 2009 version, but with an updated processors (Intel dual-core i5 and quad-core i7), improved graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Maybe I was asking too much of Apple to again release something completely new and innovative, it was just a bit of a shock to see so few changes with 2 years development time. One thing that struck me was the lack of an updated resolution, the 13-inch model still uses a standard 1280×800 resolution. When you’re spending near or over the thousand mark, you’d expect the screen resolution to compete with laptops half its price.
Apple are holding an event 2nd March, where they are expected to release the next version of the iPad. I was expecting to purchase the MacBook Pro, but with few changes, I’ve changed my mind. It’ll be interesting to see the direction Apple are taking with the iPad, if it’s a significant improvement, I’ll try and get my hands on it as soon as possible to review it for DoesWhat.