Apple updates MacBook Pro range

Launches new smaller mode, updates others at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference
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Apple has introduced an £899 13- inch model to its MacBook Pro line, and updated the existing 15 and 17- inch models.

Announcing the upgrades at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple said that the introduction of the smaller model would make its professional range of laptops more accessible.

Other upgrades to the range include the introduction of SD card slots and a more advanced LED screen, which the company said will offer up to 60 per cent more colours than previous models.

The new 13-inch and existing 15- inch models will also come with Apple’s built-in battery, originally debuted in the 17-inch MacBook Pro. Apple claims that the new batteries provide up to 40 per cent more life than the previous removable ones.

All of the laptops feature Nvidia’s GeForce 9400M chipset, however only the larger 15 and 17-inch models also have discrete graphics in the form of the GeForce 9600M GT.

The 13-inch model is available in two models: one with a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive, and another with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.

The 15-inch has three available SKUs: a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 250GB hard drive; a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 320GB hard drive, and a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 500GB hard drive.

Finally, the 17-inch mode features a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a larger 500GB hard drive.

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