New MacBook Pros get multi-touch trackpads

One of the Yahoo tech bloggers writes that Apple just announced the widely expected refresh of its top-of-the-line MacBook Pros, and the specs are impressive.

Under the hood, you'll find Intel's new Penryn processors at speeds starting at 2.4GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, 200-250GB hard drives (at 5,400 RPM), and Nvidia's GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with up to 512MB of dedicated memory.

Not bad, but the inclusion of the multi-touch trackpad is the big news. Previous MacBook Pros (and MacBooks as well) have had rudimentary multi-touch, but gestures were pretty much limited to two-finger vertical swipes for scrolling. The new trackpad adds the iPhone's horizontal swipes, "pinching" for expanding and shrinking images, and rotation (using a finger and your thumb). Worth noting, however, is that the MacBook Pro multi-touch trackpad is smaller than the one you'll find on the Air.

Meanwhile, the consumer-level MacBooks also got an update, including the new Intel Penryn processors (starting at 2.1GHz) and bigger hard drives (the smallest being 120GB). No multi-touch trackpads, however.

Prices for the new MacBook Pros range from $1,999 (for the 15-inch, 2.4GHz model) to $2,799 (for the 17-inch, 2.5GHz version). The updated MacBooks start at $1,099 (2.1GHz processor, 120GB hard drive, CD-burning optical drive) and top out at $1,499 (2.4GHz, 250GB hard drive, DVD burner).

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