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MacBook gets an upgrade, sticks to $999 price tag

The final piece to Apple's notebook puzzle is now in place. The company today officially unveiled a slightly revamped entry-level MacBook (the update was actually leaked over the weekend).

The latest polycarbonate white MacBook now features a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics solution, and a new 10-hour battery. The previous model came with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, an a 7-hour battery.

Other features like 2GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB hard drive, and 8x dual-layer SuperDrive remain unchanged.

This latest innards upgrade brings the MacBook in line with the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro. It still, however, lacks the Pro model's aluminum shell, backlit keyboard, Secure Digital slot, and Firewire 800 port.

Despite the slight feature bump, the latest MacBook is still priced at $999.





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RE: So
By Johnmcl7 on 5/18/2010 12:34:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yet Sony managed it with a smaller and lighter machine, the Vaio Z11 packs in up to a dual core i7 with discrete graphics and quad SSD's.

John


RE: So
By Highter on 5/18/2010 12:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. I found the notebook you are talking about at Play.com. Size limitation was the reason given by Apple for not being be able to do it, but it looks like Sony engineers didn't have any problems.


RE: So
By CallmeTater on 5/18/2010 1:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
That's a pretty impressive laptop going by the specs over on SonyStyle, but it is very spendy. I'd guess that there is no way that Apple could bring equivalent kit to the MB line and still stay in a price range below that of the MB Pro, but I don't see any engineering reason they couldn't do it in the MB Pro line since Sony has already demonstrated the feasibility.


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