WWDC 2012: Core i7 quad-core Ivy Bridge and Kepler GT 650M
to the next-gen Macbook Pro, Apple unveiled a refresh of its current 13- and 15-inch Macbook Pros, which will get Intel's Ivy Bridge CPus, Nvidia Geforce GT 650M Kepler GPU and USB 3.0 ports.
Spec wise, the refreshed 13- and 15-inch Macbooks will now run up to 2.7GHz Core i7 Ivy Bridge quad-core CPU that Turbos up to 3.7GHz, Nvidia's Geforce GT 650M Kepler based dedicated graphics, up to 8GB of RAM memory and all new USB 3.0 ports, just like the new Macbook Airs.
According to Apple's PR, the 13-inch Macbook Pro will be limited to Intel Core i5/i7 dual-core CPUs up to 2.9GHz while the 15-incher will be able to handle quad-core ones. 15-inch Macbook Pro is also the one that will feature GT 650M discrete graphics while the 13-inch one will probably depend on Intel's HD Graphics chip.
Both 13- and 15-inch Macbook Pros can be configured with up to 1TB HDD or up to 512GB of SSD storage. They will feature a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as a Thunderbolt port. Both the new refreshed Air and Pro models will ship with OS X Lion but will be eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion when it becomes available.
The base version of the 13-inch Macbook Pro starts at US $1,099 while the 15-inch version starts at US $1,799.