MacBook Pro Announced during Steve Jobs' MacWorld Expo Keynote Address
CUPERTINO, California—February 14, 2006—Apple® this week will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook™ Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor which delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook® G4*, a built-in iSight™ video camera for video conferencing on-the-go and the breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote. All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $1,999 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67 GHz, and will begin shipping next week. In addition, customers may now upgrade to a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor as a build-to-order option on the Apple Online Store.
The original 15" MacBook Pro was announced on January 10, 2006 during Steve Jobs' keynote at the MacWorld Expo. The 17" model was later unveiled on April 24, 2006. When first introduced, the MacBook Pro was noted for lacking FireWire 800 and S-Video ports, although FireWire 800 was added to later MacBook Pro models. Other changes included a built-in iSight webcam and the introduction of MagSafe, a magnetic power connector designed to detach easily when pulled to prevent the laptop from being pulled off a surface. Both features were later brought over to the MacBook.