The MacBook Pro is Apple's high-end notebook computer and a favorite among Mac enthusiasts. Think you're a pro at the MacBook Pro? Find out with our quiz.
The MacBook Pro was the first Intel-based Mac, a huge change for Apple.
While the MacBook is far from slow, the MacBook Pro offers twice the storage and is much faster for hard-core computing (like editing video) than the MacBook.
While upgrading to the largest available hard drive will cost you $1100 and the external Thunderbolt monitor will put you $900 in the hole, you can add a high-resolution display to the existing screen for just 50 bucks.
Apple's iWork lets you create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the Mac that are all compatible with Microsoft Office. Of course, there is also a version of Microsoft Office software for Mac.
While iLife used to only come as a trial on new Macs, it's now included for free. While Skype doesn't cost to download, it's not part of the software included when you buy a new MacBook Pro.
Intel's newest processor doubles the power of the old Dual-Core, and the Quad-Core comes standard on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. It's like four CPUs all on a single chip!
The new MacBook Pros boast a 7 hour battery life. Of course, usage can have a big impact on battery life, so this can vary if you're running bigger programs.
Apple uses magnets to replace some moving parts that are prone to breaking in the laptop's closure and to attach the MagSafe Power Cord, but cables plug into the USB ports just like on any other laptop.
Instead of plugging the power cord into your MacBook Pro, it attaches via a magnetic connection. If you've ever tripped over your power cord, knocking your laptop onto the floor, you can understand why the MagSafe was a great innovation.
Lion, which just came out in 2011, is the operating system for all new MacBook Pros.
Steve Jobs announced the MacBook Pro at MacWorld, Apple's annual conference, in January 2006.
NeoOffice is a free suite of software similar to Microsoft Office, and Thunderbird is a free email program from the makers of Firefox. Quicken for Mac, though, costs around $50.
While Steve Jobs announced both the MacBook Pro and the iMac at MacWorld in 2006, the iMac got first billing.
The MacBook Pro replaced the PowerBook G4. Apple carried both the MacBook and MacBook Pro until 2011, when the MacBook Air replaced the MacBook.
The 13 inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,199, if you don't add any upgrades. If you get the 17 inch MacBook pro with all the bells and whistles, it can cost over $5,000.
Previous MacBook Pros came with an iSight camera, but the newer models include an HD camera built right into the machine. The pinhole-sized lens is right above the monitor.
Unlike the first MacBooks and the PowerBook, the MacBook Pro was the first Mac laptop to use a aluminum body. They call it the "Unibody Enclosure," because the whole thing is cut from a single piece of aluminum.
Only the iPad 2 can FaceTime chat with your MacBook Pro. As on the iPhone, both users also need to be on a WiFi or internet connection.
You have to purchase the hard drive separately, but once you have the hardware Time Machine makes it easy to back up your MacBook Pro's data.
While late-model MacBooks did away with the FireWire port, the MacBook Pro still has FireWire800, which transfers 800 Mb of data per second.