How does the Sky Birdnew Apple MacBook Pro (2011 update) differ from the old MacBook Pro? The fact that the 2011 upgrade was a major upgrade from Apple has made many people wonder that. Even though the two look pretty similar, there is quite a lot of difference between the two.
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When it comes to computers, updated versions are always better than the previous versions (but obviously, with a few exceptions here and there). The recently introduced Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update is no exception. As we mentioned earlier, the new MacBook Pro looks a lot similar to the old version, and that isn’t surprising as the new model is more of an upgraded version in the MacBook Pro line – and not a redesigned version of this product. With Apple introducing quite a few state-of-the-art features as a part of its 2011 upgrade, the difference between the MacBook Pro 2011 update and its predecessor mainly revolves around their features.

  • If you're having difficulty finding or installing updates: If Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, then macOS and all of the apps it installs are up to date, including Safari, Messages, Mail, Music, Photos, FaceTime, Calendar, and Books. If you want to update apps downloaded from the App Store, use the App Store to get updates.
  • Feb 24, 2012 The updates should be available via Software Update for iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air systems released in early to mid-2011, but you can also download them from the following.

Before we begin comparing the new MacBook Pro update with its predecessor, we need to tell you that this write-up is not about which is better among the two – it is but obvious that the new update boasts of ultimate supremacy over its predecessor. This write-up is about why the new MacBook Pro is better than the previous model, and we will be concentrating on the latest update and comparing its features with those of its predecessor.

New MacBook Pro 2011 Update

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update, which was released in February 2011, is fully loaded with some of the most advanced technologies that we have been waiting for all this while. The new inclusions don’t just give the new MacBook an edge over its predecessor but also give it an edge over several other laptops that the tech arena has been flooded with recently. Some of the most amazing features rolled out as a part of the new MacBook Pro upgrade in February included the all-new Sandy Bridge processors, the Thunderbolt technology, new graphics processor, FaceTime technology, and so on. With all these features, each of which seems to be more than promising, up to its sleeves, the new update is bound to be better than the last update, which came in mid-2010.

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Old MacBook Pro and New MacBook Pro: Difference Explained

Processor

The high-end Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the old MacBook Pro have been replaced by Intel’s all-new second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) processors, making the new MacBook Pro twice as fast as the previous version. In 13 inch models, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor has made way for new i5 and i7 processors. Similarly, the 15 and 17-inch models come with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor instead of the Intel Core i5 processor used in the 2010 MacBook Pro.

GPU

Along with the new processors, the new MacBook Pro also has new graphics processing unit on board. The NVIDIA GeForce 320M in the 13 inch Mac is replaced by Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has been replaced by AMD Radeon HD 6490M and AMD Radeon HD 6750M in 15 and 17-inch models, respectively. The new graphics unit, which comes as a part of the 2011 MacBook Pro update, boasts of being three times better than the units used previously.

Macbook Pro 2011

RAM and Storage

All the new Pro models have a RAM of 4GB onboard, and their storage capacity has been increased. The 13-inch base version now sports a 320GB HDD instead of the 250GB HDD used previously, and the higher-end version sports a 500GB HDD in place of the 320GB HDD used previously. The same has also been seen in 15 inches and 17-inch models – wherein the 320GB HDD storage has been replaced with 500GB HDD storage, and 500GB HDD has been replaced with 750GB HDD.

OS and Connectivity

The new MacBook Pro also comes with two new attractions in the form of the all-new Mac OS X Lion and the Thunderbolt technology. The OS X Lion, Version 10.7, brings a range of new features – right from AirDrop to Mail 5 to the MacBook Pro. The Thunderbolt, the same Light Peak technology that was making rounds of the rumor mill, is a connectivity technology that Apple has developed in collaboration with Intel. At 10 gigabytes per second, the Thunderbolt is 20 times faster than its predecessor – the USB 2.0. The introduction of this technology in new MacBook Pro models has earned it the title Thunderbolt MacBook Pro.

Other Noteworthy Features

With the addition of a FaceTime HD camera, the new model facilitates 720p high-definition video calling. The 2011 MacBook Pro also boasts of improved battery life of 7 hours, multi-touch trackpad, full-size backlit keyboard, etc. The optical disc drive continues to exist, and DVD burning has just become faster in the new update. The best part of the new Apple MacBook Pro line-up is the fact that you get to customize your machine with all these amazing features.

But obviously, all these features come for some extra dollars. The base version of the new 13 inches MacBook Pro is priced at US$1,199, 15 inches starts at US$1799, and the 17 inches comes with a price tag of US$2,499. It may seem expensive, but a look at its tech specs and you realize that spending on buying the new MacBook Pro – which according to some tech wizards, is an apt replacement for the desktop – is worth it.

Apple MacBook Pro 2011 update, which was released in February 2011, is fully loaded with some of the most advanced technologies that we have been waiting for all this while. The new inclusions don’t just give the new MacBook an edge over its predecessor but also give it an edge over several other laptops that the tech arena has been flooded with recently. Some of the most amazing features rolled out as a part of the new MacBook Pro upgrade in February included the all-new Sandy Bridge processors, the Thunderbolt technology, new graphics processor, FaceTime technology, and so on. With all these features, each of which seems to be more than promising, up to its sleeves, the new update is bound to be better than the last update, which came in mid-2010.

Old MacBook Pro and New MacBook Pro: Difference Explained

Processor

The high-end Intel Core 2 Duo processors in the old MacBook Pro have been replaced by Intel’s all-new second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) processors, making the new MacBook Pro twice as fast as the previous version. In 13 inch models, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor has made way for new i5 and i7 processors. Similarly, the 15 and 17-inch models come with a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor instead of the Intel Core i5 processor used in the 2010 MacBook Pro.

GPU

Along with the new processors, the new MacBook Pro also has new graphics processing unit on board. The NVIDIA GeForce 320M in the 13 inch Mac is replaced by Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M has been replaced by AMD Radeon HD 6490M and AMD Radeon HD 6750M in 15 and 17-inch models, respectively. The new graphics unit, which comes as a part of the 2011 MacBook Pro update, boasts of being three times better than the units used previously.

2011

RAM and Storage

All the new Pro models have a RAM of 4GB onboard, and their storage capacity has been increased. The 13-inch base version now sports a 320GB HDD instead of the 250GB HDD used previously, and the higher-end version sports a 500GB HDD in place of the 320GB HDD used previously. The same has also been seen in 15 inches and 17-inch models – wherein the 320GB HDD storage has been replaced with 500GB HDD storage, and 500GB HDD has been replaced with 750GB HDD.

I recently had to re-install the original OS from the discs that came with my MacBook Pro. This installed Snow Leopard and software updates have taken it to 10.6.8


However it refuses to upgrade to Lion, Mountain Lion or Mavericks. (I've tried them all a few times).


I have repaired permissions and checked the HD is OK (which it is).


Macbook 2011 Update

Each time I try to upgrade it takes me to disk utilities. The only way out is to quit and restart in 10.6.8


Does anyone have a tip on how I can upgrade again? It used to run OS X Sierra quite happily.

MacBook Pro, macOS Sierra (10.12.3)

Macbook 2011 Update

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