Apple on Thursday unveiled an updated line of MacBook Pro laptop computers featuring new Intel “Thunderbolt” technology for moving digital films and other data “blazingly fast.” Apple upgraded the new-model laptops with the latest multi-core chips from Intel and high-definition “FaceTime” cameras for video chat and other uses.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Apple senior vice president of marketing Philip Schiller. Apple also released to software developers a preview of the next generation Macintosh operating system named “Lion,” which it said “takes the best ideas from iPad and brings them to the Mac.”
A finished version of Lion for Macintosh computers is on track for release in mid-2011, according to Apple. Lion software available at the online Mac App Store was intended to allow outside developers begin crafting hip, functional or fun programs that fuel the popularity of Apple gadgets.