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Engadget and Gizmodo cover today’s Apple MacBook Event.

A redesigned MacBook and MacBook Pro are all but assured, says C/Net, but there are likely to be some other surprises too. Will Apple opt for Nvidia chipsets? Will there finally be a Mac sold for less than $1,000? Stay tuned.

The new MacBook Pros feature two graphic chipsets, the Nvidia GeForce 9400M embedded on the motherboard and the Nvidia 9600M as a discreet part. Jobs said that using the 9400M you get five hours of battery life and four hours with the 9600M. It’s going to come in two models. The $1999 model has a 15.4-inch LED backlit display, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB L2 Cache, 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 Memory, the two GeForces, 250GB hard drive and SuperDrive. The second config at $2499, has a faster CPU with double cache, 4GB RAM, double graphics memory, 320GB hard drive. The new MacBook Pros are shipping today.

A new cinema display has a 24-inch LED backlit display, 1920 x 1200 resolution, stereo speakers… everything you need for $899, available in November.”

The new Macbook Air has a 9400M Nvidia graphic board, a 120GB hard drive, and a 128GB SSD option as well as a mini display port. It’s $1799 for the 1.6 GHz unit. A second model at $2499, gives you a 1.86GHz CPU and SSD — available in early November.

The new $1299 MacBook has a 13.3-inch display, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, again using the 9400M. A second model, $1599, includes 4GB RAM, 320GB HD and a backlit keyboard. The 9400M Nvidia graphic chips will provide five times faster graphics than the integrated graphics chips Apple has been using, says Jobs. Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Adobe Elements 7 can support NVidia graphic chips. It could also be a big deal with Google Earth. The graphics enhanced Macbooks are shipping today and should hit stores tomorrow.

These two models are going to be on top of the white plastic MacBook which comes at $999.

The $800 Macbook??? A no show.

The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch aluminum MacBook Pro ($1,999), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 video
    memory;
  • 250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion
    Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R
    DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
    2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire(R) 800 port;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both
    optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch aluminum MacBook ($1,299), includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 160GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion
    Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+/-R
    DL/DVD+/-RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme(R) 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth
    2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both
    optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad;
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

Apple’s margins remain as hefty as its laptops. While a 4.5 pound Macbook has more bells and whistles than a 2.4-pound Netbook, you could buy two Netbooks for the price of one Macbook.

Mac OS X can run on the MSI Wind and other Netbooks. Netbooks from Lenovo, MSI, Asus, Samsung or half a dozen others are smaller and lighter. Slip in a Samsung WiMAX card for $59.99 for twice the speed of cellular at half the cost. Can you say “value proposition”?

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