Apple Upgrades MacBook

Apple Upgrades MacBook

MacBook: Now with faster Intel Core 2 Duo chips inside.


Apple announced today new processors, Wi-Fi, and other features for the popular MacBook. The three new MacBook configurations are available today.


The MacBook now sports Intel Core 2 Duo processors with 4MB share L2 cache, 667MHz front-side bus, 1GB (two 512MB SO-DIMMs) of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300), and 802.11n Wi-FI support. The MacBook still uses the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor that shares 64MB of memory with the MacBook's main memory.


The $1,099 entry-level white MacBook features a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, an improvement over the 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo processor in its predecessor. The $1,099 MacBook comes with an 5,400 rpm 80GB hard drive and Combo drive.


The $1,299 white MacBook has a 2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo processor, replacing the 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. The $1,299 MacBook also has 5,400 rpm 120GB hard drive and a double-layer SuperDrive.


The $1,499 black MacBook has the same 2.16 Intel Core 2 Duo processor as the $1,299 MacBook, but the black MacBook comes with a 160GB hard drive.


All the MacBooks come with a 13.3-inch glossy screen, a 1.08-inch design, built-in iSight, MagSafe power adapter, Apple Remote, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, and iLife '06. Customization options include 2GB of RAM (the maximum) and a 4,200 rpm 200GB hard drive.


Perhaps not surprisingly, the new MacBooks don't take advantage of Intel's recently released Santa Rosa mobile-platform technologies. For example, the Santa Rosa platform has an 800MHz frontside bus, and the new MacBooks remain at 667Mhz. Santa Rosa also supports Intel's hybrid flash/hard-drive storage technology formerly code-named Robson and now (unfortunately) renamed Turbo Memory; the new MacBooks don't. Oh, and then there's the other "Real Soon Now" rumor: LED-backlit displays. New MacBooks? Nope.


As many have opined - and with whom we agree - it appears that Apple is working to put some feature-set distance between its entry-level MacBooks and pricier MacBook Pros. Expect Santa Rosa stuff that was left out of the new MacBooks to appear in upcoming new versions of MacBook Pros.


When? Well, maybe soon, if Santa Rosa and LED-backlit displays were all that Apple was waiting for. But, less optimistically, maybe later this year if Apple is waiting for Intel's upcoming low-power, high-performance, 45-nanometer Penryn processor line.


As much as we jounalist types hate to admit it, your guess is as good as ours.




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every pc company want to seize the pc market through updating their pc unceasingly, and so do the prices


ruben delarosa

Every pc maker in existence went with Santa Rosa last week. All this time and Apple just gives us a speedbump on Processor speed and more RAM. Give me a break. I was waiting for the next rev., but this is not enough.



It is hard to say about if Mac cares about its computers.

I for one am somewhat pleased with this upgrade. Sure SantaRosa would have been great, but I think actually having a graphics card would have been almost mandatory by now.

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