Apple MacBook Pro Updates: How Do They All Compare?

By Wesley Fenlon

Three years of MacBook Pro specs, from 2009-2011.

Yeah, you know Apple just released a 2011 revision of MacBook Pro notebooks. But are they worth the upgrade? Other than that new HD webcam, Sandy Bridge processor change up and new Thunderbolt port, there's no a whole lot different about this year's revisions. Still, it pays to know what Apple's done with its unibody Macs over the years, and there are important changes going on under the hood with the batteries and GPUs of this year's models.



MacBook Pro Specs February 2011 April 2010 June 2009
Dimensions 13”:12.78 in × 8.94 in × 0.95 in
15”: 14.35 in × 9.82 in × 0.95
17”: 15.47 in × 10.51 in × 0.98 in
13”:12.78 in × 8.94 in × 0.95 in
15”: 14.35 in × 9.82 in × 0.95
17”: 15.47 in × 10.51 in × 0.98 in
13”:12.78 in × 8.94 in × 0.95 in
15”: 14.35 in × 9.82 in × 0.95
17”: 15.47 in × 10.51 in × 0.98 in
Weight 13”:4.5 lb. (2kg)
15”: 5.6 lb. (2.5kg)
17”: 6.6 lb. (3kg)
13”:4.5 lb. (2kg)
15”: 5.6 lb. (2.5kg)
17”: 6.6 lb. (3kg)
13”:4.5 lb. (2kg)
15”: 5.6 lb. (2.5kg)
17”: 6.6 lb. (3kg)
Processor 13”: 2.3GHz, 2.7GHz Sandy Bridge Dual Core i5
15”: 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz Sandy Bridge Quad Core i7
17”: 2.2GHz Sandy Bridge Quad Core i7
13”: 2.4GHz, 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
15”: 2.4GHz, 2.53GHz Core i5
17: 2.53GHz or 2.66GHz Core i5
13”: 2.26GHz or 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo
15”: 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz or 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
17”: 2.8GHz or 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
GPU 13”: Intel HD Graphics 3000 (384MB of shared DDR3)
15”: Intel HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 6490M (256MB GDDR5) or 6750M (1GB GDDR5)
17”: Intel HD Graphics 3000, AMD Radeon HD 6750M (1GB GDDR5)
13”: Nvidia GeForce 320M (256MB shared DDR3)
15” and 17”: Intel HD Graphics (256MB shared DDR3), Nvidia GeForce GT330M (256MB or 512MB of dedicated DDR3)
13”: Nvidia GeForce 9400M (256MB shared DDR3)
15” and 17”: Nvidia GeForce 9400M (256MB shared DDR3) and Nvidia GeForce 9600M (265MB or 512MB DDR3)
Resolution 13”: 1280x800 glossy
15”: 1440x900 glossy, 1680x1050 glossy/matte
17”: 1920x1080 glossy/matte
13”: 1280x800 glossy
15”: 1440x900 glossy, 1680x1050 glossy/matte
17”: 1920x1080 glossy/matte
13”: 1280x800 glossy
15”: 1440x900 glossy/matte
17”: 1920x1080 glossy/matte
Memory 4GB up to 8GB 4GB up to 8GB 2GB up to 8GB
Storage 13”: 320GB, 500GB, 750GB 5400 RPM HDD, 128GB or 256GB SDD
15”: 500GB, 750GB 5400 RPM, 500GB 7200 RPM, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB SSD
17”: 750GB 5400 RPM, 500GB 7200RPM, 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD
250 GB, 320 GB, or 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD, 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD 160 GB, 320 GB or 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD
15” and 17”: 320 or 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD, 128 or 256 GB SSD
Battery All models up to 7 hours
13”: 63.5 watt-hour battery
15”: 77.5 watt-hour battery
17”: 95 watt-hour battery
13”: 63.5 watt-hour battery (10 hours)
15”: 77.5 watt-hour battery (8-9 hours)
17”: 95 watt-hour battery (8-9 hours)
13”: 58 watt-hour battery
15”: 73 watt-hour battery
17”: 95 watt-hour battery (8-9 hours)
Price 13”: $1,119, $1,499
15”: $1,799, $2,199
17: $2,499
13”: $1,199 starting
15”: $1,799 starting
17”: $2,299 starting
13”: $1,199 starting
15”: $1,699 starting
17”: $2,499 starting