Apple releases new MacBook line for the masses

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Rumors of the new Apple MacBook line are all true, and somehow or rather, the “wow” effect of seeing Steve Jobs unveil new products is no longer there since Apple failed to keep a tight lid on its upcoming devices in recent years. That doesn’t mean the new MacBook line are duds, but the initial shock attempt just isn’t there any more. I digress, and will move on to these new Apple notebooks that are constructed from a single block of aluminum with great new features despite seeing a much cheaper entry level price compared to similar class models of the previous generation.

The new MacBook line will be powered by NVIDIA’s new GeForce 9400M. Don’t scoff at it just because it is an integrated 3D graphics processor, as it is powerful enough to feature 16 parallel processing cores while delivering up to five times the 3D graphics performance as previous MacBook and MacBook Air designs. Another interesting aspect of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro lines that will definitely get tongues wagging would be the new smooth glass Multi-Touch trackpad that offers nearly 40% more tracking area than before, and ease of use is augmented with Multi-Touch gestures like pinch, rotate and swipe. In addition, new gestures enable users to activate Exposé or switch between applications at the touch of a finger.

The new range of MacBook, 15″ MacBook Pro and MacBook Air will come with a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort that can hook up to the new Apple LED Cinema Display. What makes the Mini DisplayPort so special? Well, it is able to deliver a pure digital signal that can drive up to a 30″ widescreen display without missing a beat, and is just 10% the size of a full DVI connector, making it blend in with the new MacBook family perfectly. Below are pricing details and specifications of the new MacBook family for your perusal.

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
  • Slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • 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
  • 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
  • Slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • 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
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

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

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 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
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 video memory
  • 250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • 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 FireWire 800 port
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
  • Glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 2.53 GHz aluminum MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display
  • 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory
  • 320GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • 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 FireWire 800 port
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
  • Glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, for a suggested retail price of $1,799 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit high resolution 1280 x 800 glossy display
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • 120GB serial ATA hard drive running at 4200 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • One headphone port
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard
  • 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 1.86 GHz MacBook Air, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit high resolution 1280 x 800 glossy display
  • 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • One headphone port
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard
  • 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

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

  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200 glossy display
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache
  • 800 MHz front-side bus
  • 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 512MB with GDDR3 video memory
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
  • Slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
  • DVI output port for video output
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • Three USB 2.0 ports
  • One FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot
  • One audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

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