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For the first time since removing “Computer” from their name, Apple Inc. has shown us they mean business, finally releasing MacBook Pros that make my mouth water. How sad is it that I can’t even think of affording one!

Santa-Rosa support has been offered by almost all other manufacturers for a while now, so it was about time that Apple announced it too. But increasing the baseline memory across all models to 2 GB is real sweet.

Even though there’s still no sign of a “real” portable Mac, the 15″ MacBook Pro now is thinner than the Macbook (only an inch thick) and at 2.45 kgs, only 0.14 kgs heavier than the Macbook. Does anyone still want just a Macbook? And it’s only a quarter of a kilo heavier than the 12-inch Powerbook G4 that I’m typing this on!

The upgrade to Nvidia 8600M cards will mean the MBP is now virtually as good a gaming machine as any gaming desktop. Especially since you can actually use Bootcamp to run Windows on this thing. And it probably becomes easier to dualboot it with Linux. Apple is one of the first to introduce LED-backlit screens, I’ll wait for the reviews to evaluate that. There’s a insane 1920×1200 optional screen for the 17″ model which should be good for people who edit photos and have expensive houses to mortgage.

This weekend, by which time the new models should be in Singapore, I will do what I usually do – head down to the Apple store and ogle at them. Now I know why wise people say you shouldn’t desire things too much. It’d sure make life a lot easier right now.

About the only thing I can complain about – besides not having a 13″ MBP model (which would probably compel me to go rob a bank somewhere) – is the lack of an option to upgrade the 15″ screen from 1440×900 to 1680×1050.

Go ogle!