"13 inch gets Sandybridge refresh."2.5 starson by nascarlurg
Pros: New processor is the strong point for sure and the addition of Thunderbolt technology.
Cons: left only an integrated option with the GPU and do not offer 1440 X 900 upgrade on the high end model.
Summary: The Apple 13 inch remains a great portable size for the same price with nice upgrades to its processing power. However, with the lack of a better GPU option along with the screen resolution, I was definitely pushed to the 15 inch high end version as the 6490M was also to weak for me. Now the 6490M would have probably been fine for a 13 inch...but the 15 deserves something like the 6570 with 1GB GDDR5.
That may have been Apples intention to push the higher end machines...but I think they really left a lot of 13 inch laptop fans in the dark here... including Dan. I wanted to be a fan of the 13, however I just couldn't get myself to pull that trigger and opted for the semi desktop replacement model.
As far as the 15 inch high end....I couldn't be happier with the configuration there. I think it will be a really powerful machine and should run a little cooler than the previous version.....at least i hope!