Apple created quite a ruckus last month when it launched
its ultra-slim MacBook Air ultra-portable notebook. The 13.3",
three-pound notebook features a cut-down Core 2 Duo processor, 13.3"
screen and Multi-Touch trackpad (which accepts gesture commands like the iPhone
and iPod touch).
In late January, AppleInsider's inside sources leaked that Apple's
MacBook Pro notebooks would be refreshed in the coming weeks to accept new
Intel Penryn processors along with
The sources were correct and Apple today announced updated
MacBook Pro and MacBook notebooks. Apple's MacBook Pro notebooks now feature
Multi-Touch, Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo processors (up to 2.6GHz) and a 512MB
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor.
Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (1440x900) comes standard with
a 200GB or 250GB 5400 RPM HDD depending on the model selected. A 200GB 7200 RPM
drive is optional. The 17" MacBook Pro (1680x1050) features a 250GB 5400
RPM HDD as standard equipment -- a 200GB 7200 RPM HDD and a 300GB 7200 RPM HDD
are on the options sheet.
The entry-level 13.3” MacBook (1280x800) also received some
minor updates although it doesn't add Multi-Touch to its repertoire. The
MacBook is available with a 2.1GHz or 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor and is available
with HDDs ranging in size from 120GB to 250GB.
Both the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook models are
available now. Pricing for the 15" and 17" MacBook Pros start at
$1,999 and $2,799 respectively. The 13.3" MacBook starts at $1,099.
quote: Also, how common are these 45nm processors in notebooks? And why aren't they quad-core?
quote: The 13.3" MacBook Pro starts at $1,099
quote: Apple is gonna rip you off just a little less for laptops that have the exact same components found in pc notebooks.