New Apple Laptops


Today Apple introduced upgraded laptops in its consumer-level MacBook and high-end MacBook Pro line. Both product lines feature the latest Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn processors.

MacBook Pro now has up to a 2.6GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive. The pro model also comes with the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processors, now with up to 512MB of video memory.

The MacBook Pro also features the Multi-Touch trackpad, first introduced in MacBook Air. The new trackpad allows users to pinch, rotate and swipe, making it making it easier to zoom and rotate photos on the go. Unlike the MacBook Air’s larger form factor trackpad, the MacBook Pro keeps its current trackpad size, but adds the functionality.

The new MacBook includes faster processors and larger hard drives. The white 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz models come with 120GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives and the black 2.4GHz model has a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive.

When compared to the original MacBook Core Duo, the new models come out 50 percent faster, according to Apple.

Every MacBook and MacBook Pro includes a built-in iSight video camera; Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter; the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking; built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth; analog and digital audio inputs and outputs; USB 2.0; FireWire and a built-in SuperDrive.

Prices for the MacBook start at $1,099. The MacBook Pro is available at speeds of 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz with prices starting at $1,999.

MacBook:

  • $1,099 – (White) 2.1GHz, 1GB memory, 120GB HDD, Combo drive
  • $1,299 – (White) 2.4GHz, 2GB memory, 160GB HDD, Double-layer SuperDrive
  • $1,499 – (Black) 2.4GHz, 2GB memory, 250GB HDD, Double-layer SuperDrive

MacBook Pro

  • $1,999 – (15-inch) 2.4GHz, 2GB memory, 200GB HDD, Double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB
  • $2,499 – (15-inch) 2.5GHz, 2GB memory, 250GB HDD, Double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB
  • $2,799 – (17-inch) 2.5GHz, 2GB memory, 250GB HDD, Double-layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB

But June is always a critical month for notebook manufacturers, notes DailyTech, as the impending school semester spurs the largest volume orders on the year.

This June, Intel will replace its Santa Rosa Centrino platform with the Montevina Centrino 2 platform with a 1066MHz front-side bus, new motherboards and support for WiFi/WiMAX. By the August MacWorld, expect to see 5.5 Watt 1.2 GHz processors, DisplayPort, and two-fold increases in graphics power.

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