Apple has long set a standard of regular updates to their computer model lines—often at intervals of just a few months. The MacBook Pro line, however, had, until the introduction in early 2011 of the Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 13 inch (and its 15 and 17 inch siblings), gone almost a year without updating this product line.
The wait turned out to be well worth it, however, as the Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 13 inch as the improvements included upgrades to processors, brand new graphic processors, as well as a new peripheral connector.
Starting at a price of $1199 13-inch model featured a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and a 5400-rpm 320GB hard drive. The i5 was one of Intel’s latest generation of the Core series of processors, also referred to as “Sandy bridge”. Processor, cache, integrated graphics and memory controller all reside on the same die in the Sandy Bridge configuration, and also now feature the HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics processor, which had only previously been available in higher end Apple models. In ratings published in the magazine PC World, the 13 inch MacBook Pro i5 was rated 41 to 57 percent faster than the previous MacBook generation.
Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 13 inch has retained the glossy LCD with LED backlit screens that have been the work horse of MacBook Pro models since its introduction. with 1280 by 800 resolution and shipped with the following features standard out of the box:
• 320 GB hard disk drive, 5400 RPM
• SDXC card
• 8 x slot loading optical drive
• Vendor rated battery life of 7 hours
• 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
• WiFi: 802.11 n/a/b/g
• 2 USB ports
• 1 Firewire port
• Mini Display Port video interface featuring Thunderbolt technology
• Digital Optical audio interface
• Bluetooth capable
• Built in stereo speaker
• iSight camera
• Backlit keyboard
• Built in microphone
• Multitouch Touchpad
• Dimensions: 12.78 inches w x 8.9 inches d x .05 inches high weight 4.5 pounds.
• 1 year limited Warranty first 90 days free phone support
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz i5 13 inch shipped with the Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. Software bundled in this iteration of the Mac operating system included: iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools), iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 13 inch is fully Energy Star Compliant.
• Standard RAM as shipped: 4 GB
• Maximum Memory Allowed: 8 GB
• Number of slots: 2
Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-10600 with a maximum of 4GB per slot.
Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.