New MacBook Pro Specs Leaked; Reveals FaceTime HD Camera And “Thunderbolt” I/O Port

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The technical specifications of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has been leaked. It is widely speculated that the new MacBook Pros will be released tomorrow on Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ birthday.

The specifications have revealed couple of interesting features, which we hope will make it to the next generation iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch this year.

Here’s a look at the leaked specifications of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro:

Core i5 two cores at 2.3 GHz 3 MB cache

4 GB of DDR3 1333 MHz

Hard Drive 320 GB 5400 rpm

Screen 13.33 “glossy 1280×800

Intel Graphics GPU HD 3000 with 384MB of RAM shared with main memory

Camera HD FaceTime

Superdrive 8x

Thunderbolt yet compatible with the I / O devices and high speed MiniDisplayport

SDXC Card slot, Firewire 800 and two USB 2.0

Digital Audio Output

Integrated Ethernet

Backlit keyboard

Size and weight 32.5 x22, 7×2, 41 cm, 2.04 kg

If these specifications are accurate then it looks like Apple will be calling the MacBook camera as ‘FaceTime camera’ instead of ‘iSight camera’. FaceTime is Apple’s video calling feature, which was first introduced on iPhone 4, then on the iPod Touch and has also released it for the Mac. What’s more interesting is that MacBooks will get 720p HD FaceTime cameras. We hope that the next generation iOS devices also come with 720p HD FaceTime cameras.

The technical specifications has also revealed that Apple will be introducing the Light Peak technology in the new MacBooks and will be calling it Thunderbolt.

As we had reported couple of days back, Light Peak is an optical cable interface devised by Apple and developed by Intel to connect devices, which is significantly faster than even USB 3.0. USB 3.0 which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 (current generation MacBooks come with USB 2.0 ports) can manage a theoretically maximum throughput of 4.8Gbps while Light Peak can manage 10Gbps in both directions simultaneously.

Apple could introduce Light Peak in the next generation iOS devices. We’ve already heard rumors that iPad 2, which will be unveiled at a media event next week will come with Light Peak technology. Though we hope that in the future, content from iOS devices can be synced wirelessly with iTunes, Thunderbolt will be useful while transferring large media files.

Here is a closer look at the Thunderbolt port:

What do you think about the possibility of these two features coming to next generation iOS devices? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

[Mac4Ever via MacRumors]