Apple Updates MacBook and MacBook Pro Lines

MacBook ProApple today updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro notebook lines with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, larger hard drives and 2GB of memory standard in most models. In addition, MacBook Pro includes the latest NVIDIA graphics processors, now with up to 512MB of video memory, and Apple’s Multi-Touch trackpad, first introduced in MacBook Air.

My laptop is still pre-Intel, so the new MacBook Pro laptops are making me drool. Unfortunately, the 2.5 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro has a suggested retail price of $2,799.

Here are the details:

The new MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology with:

  • up to a 2.6 GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache;
  • up to 4GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory;
  • up to a 300GB hard drive; and
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with up to 512MB of video memory.

Every MacBook Pro now includes a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe; an illuminated keyboard and a built-in ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the keys as well as the brightness of the display for optimal visibility.

Pricing & Availability

The new MacBook and MacBook Pro models are now shipping and will be available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

MacBook Details

The 2.1 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling trackpad; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 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;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling trackpad; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 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;
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
  • Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
  • two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Scrolling trackpad; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to up to 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 160GB or 250GB hard drive, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

MacBook Pro Details
The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 LCD display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 200GB 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;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video adapter sold separately);
  • built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.5 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 LCD display;
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 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;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
  • built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.5 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,799 (US), includes:

  • 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display;
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • 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;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
  • DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
  • built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to up to 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 200GB (7200 rpm), 250GB (5400 rpm) or a 300GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple USB Modem, glossy widescreen display, 17-inch LED-backlit 1920 x 1200 high-resolution display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Additional build-to-order options for both MacBook and MacBook Pro include pre-installed copies of iWork ‘08, Logic Express 8, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 2.

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