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Apple drops Intel's 45nm processors into its MacBook, MacBook Pro

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 Multi-Touch.

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.





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