Today Apple announced a refresh to the MacBook Pro. The 13″ model gets new dual core i7 processors in 2.3GHz or 2.7GHz flavors. The 15″ and 17″ will be packing new Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors with the 15″ offering your choice of 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz, or 2.3GHz while the 17″ sticks with just the 2.2GHz and 2.3GHz chips. All three models feature an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor for the daily graphics tasks while the 15″ and 17″ automatically switch to a new high-performance AMD Radeon graphics processors for graphics-intensive applications. The new AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5 comes in the 2.0GHz 15″ model and the AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5 comes in the 2.2GHz 15″ and both versions of the 17″ model. All three models feature a battery with a claimed life of 7 hours and the FaceTime camera makes a jump to 720p HD video. The big win for the CineTech crowd is the new Thunderbolt I/O technology that offers 10Gbps transfer speeds while also supporting high-resolution displays in a single, compact port. All three models get the new connector. It’s actually a DisplayPort connector that will do double duty to connect displays and high-speed peripherals (Read RAID). You be able to daisy-chain as many as six devices, including your display. All current DisplayPort adapters like DVI, HDMI, or VGA will continue to work. It even sound like there will be adapters allowing you to connect to Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks. Apple’s Thunderbolt info page mentions two drive that will feature the Thunderbolt connections, the Promise Pegasus RAID or LaCie Little Big Disk. Neither drive seems to be currently listed on the manufacturer’s website. Thunderbolt looks to be another big game changer for post production and it should be very exciting to watch as manufacturers start to roll out products that take advantage of its speed.