New Apple Next-generation MacBook Unveiled

Posted: Oct 14 2008, 12:56pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 11:02am CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

 

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Apple announced today two Next-generation MacBooks and Apple reduces the entry price of the currently available MacBooks to $999.
At least there is now an Apple notebook under $1,000 available, but it is not a new one and it is not the rumored $899 or $800 price point, but at least something. An updated 13-inch white MacBook featuring 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a 120GB 5400 rpm hard drive and a slot-load 8X SuperDrive is now available for $999.

The new MacBook line features the powerful new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, a revolutionary new 3D integrated graphics processor that features 16 parallel processing cores and delivers up to five times the 3D graphics performance as previous MacBook and MacBook Air designs. Apple has worked together with NVIDIA on this groundbreaking graphics processor and is the first to bring it to market in the new MacBook family. The new smooth glass Multi-Touch trackpad on the MacBook gives users almost 40 percent more tracking area than before, making it even easier to use Multi-Touch gestures like pinch, rotate and swipe. New gestures allow users to activate Expose or switch between applications at the touch of a fingertip.

The entire trackpad surface is also a button, allowing users to both track and click virtually anywhere on the trackpad. Users can easily enable multiple virtual buttons in software, such as right-clicking.

Every member of the new MacBook family features an LED-backlit display for brilliant instant-on performance that uses up to 30 percent less energy than its predecessor and eliminates the mercury found in industry standard fluorescent tube backlights.
The ultra-thin displays provide crisp images and vivid colors which are ideal for viewing photos and movies, and the edge-to- edge cover glass creates a smooth, seamless surface. Every display in the new MacBook line uses completely arsenic-free glass.

The new MacBook delivers the top three features that MacBook customers have told us they want in a new MacBook -- an all metal enclosure, high performance 3D graphics and LED-backlit displays -- at an entry price that is $700 less than the $1,999 price of the MacBook Pro. At only 0.95-inches thin and weighing just 4.5 pounds, the new 13-inch full featured aluminum MacBook is an incredibly compact and durable notebook starting at just $1,299.
Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, MacBook delivers outstanding 3D game play on a consumer notebook, with up to five times faster graphics performance than the previous generation. The new MacBook is available in two models: the 2.0 GHz MacBook with a 160GB 5400 rpm hard drive, and the 2.4 GHz MacBook with a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive and a backlit keyboard.
The new MacBook ship today on the Apple Store.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch aluminum MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), 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; and
-- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz aluminum MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,599 (US), includes:
-- 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 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;
-- 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 audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both
optical digital and analog;
-- glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
-- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

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