The MacBook Pro has been injected with a bit more CPU speed, even before it has been released. Apple today has announced that the base model of the MacBook Pro will ship with a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.67GHz, and the top-end model will incorporate a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.83GHz.
In addition, the 2.0GHz model can now be bumped up to 2.16GHz as an extra-cost build-to-order option when purchasing direct from Apple (we're not clear on whether the 2.16GHz processor version will be available if the computer is purchased elsewhere).
An Apple press release indicates that the 2.0GHz MacBook Pro will begin shipping this week, and the 1.83GHz model will begin shipping next week. Customers who have pre-ordered either the base or top-end MacBook Pro will receive the corresponding faster CPU version automatically.
To get a rough idea of the level of performance Apple's new laptop will offer the working photographer, see our February 2, 2006 article Benchmarking the MacBook Pro.