MacBook Pros get speed boost

In addition to releasing the MacBook on Tuesday, Apple also increased the speed of its professional-level MacBook Pro and added an option for the new widescreen glossy display.

The $2,499 model now includes a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 2.0GHz, and the $1,999 model now includes a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.83GHz.

Beginning today, the MacBook Pro also offers the new glossy widescreen display as a CTO option on both the 15- and 17-inch models at no additional cost. Apple said that they purposely did not include the glossy screen by default on the MacBook Pro, instead choosing to allow their pro customers the choice.

“Our Pro users are used to the anti-glare display on the MacBook Pro and we didn’t want to switch that on them,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, told Macworld.

Update: Added more information on the glossy display from an interview with Apple.

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