Apple finally have time to release the new "speed bumped" lines of MacBook Pro (MBP). They gave the media and the public a week to get over the iPad hyped, then tonight (HK time) made available the new long awaited Intel Core i5 and i7 MacBook Pros for the 15" and 17" models respectively.
The reason this is referred to as a "speed bump" update, is because Apple did not change the exterior design of the MBP. They replaced the CPU of the 15" and 17" models with the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, given these models a speed boost of 50% over the processors in the previous versions of same MBP models. Along with this CPU change Apple also upgraded all sizes' (13", 15" & 17") graphic cards to the NVIDIA GeForce 320M and GT 330M, with a maximum video RAM of 512MB.
The new feature that affects the most users is the new battery in the entire line of MacBook Pros. They now require a 85W power adapter, with the 13" receiving a 10 hours (Apple claimed) live and the others a 9 hours (Apple claimed) live. If these claims are like those of the iPad users may experience a even longer better battery live than Apple claims.
As always Apple released these updates with no price increase or very little.