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Apple on Tuesday quietly updated its low-end MacBook, giving the entry-level hardware a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics, and a reported 10 hours of battery life.

The new hardware packs many of the same features as the MacBook redesign released in 2009, including an LED-backlit display, polycarbonate unibody enclosure, and a built-in battery. The hardware also comes standard with 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 RAM, a 250GB 5400 RPM hard drive, 1280x800 pixel widescreen display, and an 8x double-layer SuperDrive.

The new MacBook, with its updated processor and mobile graphics, is said to achieve up to 10 hours of uptime with its built-in battery. It also gets the improved, streamlined MagSafe connector found in the latest MacBook Pro models, which points the adapter cord backward rather than perpendicular from the body. The $999 hardware is available immediately.

The new MacBook was leaked over the weekend by a Vietnamese website that got their hands on the final model, including packaging. It was obtained by the same site that also received a prototype of Apple's next-generation iPhone.

Apple last updated its entry level MacBook line in October of 2009, giving the $999 machine a polycarbonate unibody design, LED-backlit display, multi-touch trackpad, and built-in battery with 7 hours of run time.

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Apple on Tuesday quietly updated its low-end MacBook..

So it's true!
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This probably accounts for the rumour from Australia of last Monday that was believed to indicate a new MacBook Air.
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Hey, an update is always good news. Looks OK to me. I'm wondering how long they will keep those NVidia chips around with the Core2Duo. I guess Intel is still not licensing the chipsets for other manufacturers, so they will end up having to either integrate a discrete graphics card or switch to AMD. (I don't know if they have decent integrated graphic chips)

I just hope the iMacs will follow soon.
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Looks like Apple-related rumor-mongering has now been driven out of the US. (In these days of global supply chains, good luck, Apple!).
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Gone up from £816 to £840 in the UK
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Gone up from £816 to £840 in the UK

Frankly if you're an Apple fan in the UK you are a masochist. Apple's comedy UK pricing is little better than swapping the $ sign for a £ sign.
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It's decent with education discount and an iPod touch though
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Last year's model included the new adapter.
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Frankly if you're an Apple fan in the UK you are a masochist. Apple's comedy UK pricing is little better than swapping the $ sign for a £ sign.

What's VAT there currently? If it's 15% then the prices look to be about £100 higher than they should be, (assuming that the published price includes VAT).
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I was really hoping for a new mac mini with that spec as well...
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Great deal. Unfortunately way too close to the 13 MBPs.
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I was really hoping for a new mac mini with that spec as well...

I think that only gets updated once people completely write it of and only so jobs can mess with everyone.
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What's VAT there currently? If it's 15% then the prices look to be about £100 higher than they should be, (assuming that the published price includes VAT).

It's 17.5% and, yes, UK prices always include VAT.

By my (probably wrong) calculations, the UK MacBook is $1,000.78 before tax.
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What's VAT there currently? If it's 15% then the prices look to be about £100 higher than they should be, (assuming that the published price includes VAT).

UK VAT is currently 17.5%. Making the apparent difference lower than perceived. All UK pricing is quoted including VAT. Business customers an claim the VAT back of course.
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It's still Tuesday. Maybe they can quietly update the Mac Pro today. Been a little while since the last one.
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Someone said the MiniDisplayPort on the new Macbook support both video AND audio but I can't find any info on it. If it's true I hope there will be a firmware update for us iMac users..
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Frankly if you're an Apple fan in the UK you are a masochist. Apple's comedy UK pricing is little better than swapping the $ sign for a £ sign.

There you go, spouting your regular anti-Aple nonsense again. Two concepts for you: VAT; exchange rate.

Do the calculation, and report it here. Otherwise, retract your post.

PS: Noticed that a couple of posts above made the same point. But I'll leave mine on, nonetheless.
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UK VAT is currently 17.5%. Making the apparent difference lower than perceived. All UK pricing is quoted including VAT. Business customers an claim the VAT back of course.

Thanks. So, a premium of about 30 pounds then - not so bad. RichL - thanks too.
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Does anyone know if Apple is using the same exact CPU from the MBP 13" for the White MacBook?
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Thanks. So, a premium of about 30 pounds then - not so bad. RichL - thanks too.

Yep, not bad really.

£840 minus the VAT = £714

Converted to dollars £714 = $1030.

So a $30 (£20) premium only.

Cost of doing business is probably higher in the UK as well (salaries for store employees, etc).
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Gone up from £816 to £840 in the UK

$999 US is about 691 pounds UK at today's rate. Add VAT and you get 812 pounds.

There's a slight premium, but not very much. Given that it costs considerably more to do business in the UK than in the US, that's not surprising. If you want to look at UK prices vs. the US, try comparing car prices some time.

I really wish people would stop this nonsense about Apple ripping people off overseas. Jobs got it right when he told someone to learn something about finance before spouting off about how unfair Apple's prices are overseas.
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$999 US is about 691 pounds UK at today's rate. Add VAT and you get 812 pounds.

There's a slight premium, but not very much. Given that it costs considerably more to do business in the UK than in the US, that's not surprising. If you want to look at UK prices vs. the US, try comparing car prices some time.

I really wish people would stop this nonsense about Apple ripping people off overseas. Jobs got it right when he told someone to learn something about finance before spouting off about how unfair Apple's prices are overseas.

If there is an Apple UK, it probably needs an income too. Does anyone know whether the local office is funded from local sales or whether funding is simply from a big pot?
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$999 US is about 691 pounds UK at today's rate. Add VAT and you get 812 pounds.

I got similar results: UK Macbook = $1067. It's not too bad.
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So the new MB starts out $200 less than a 13" MBP. By the time you put 4 GB of RAM in the MB, it'll be only $100 cheaper. By spending just $100 more for the MBP, you get firewire, an SD card slot, aluminum enclosure, and backlit keyboard. In all seriousness, considering the minute difference in price, why would anyone buy a MacBook over the low-end 13" MacBook Pro?
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it is a Premium of about 50 . Why has it to be a x99 price? But anyway, this is a nice machine...
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So the new MB starts out $200 less than a 13" MBP. By the time you put 4 GB of RAM in the MB, it'll be only $100 cheaper. By spending just $100 more for the MBP, you get firewire, an SD card slot, aluminum enclosure, and backlit keyboard. In all seriousness, considering the minute difference in price, why would anyone buy a MacBook over the low-end 13" MacBook Pro?

Well, for average users, 2GB RAM is enough. If you have no firewire gear and don't plan on purchasing any, no SD cards and don't run heavy RAM-hungry applications, the MacBook is just fine.

I know it's mainly because of legal reasons but... it sucks to still see Core 2 Duo's in even machines labelled as "Pro". Gives the Apple haters new mud to throw with... Just leave out the optical drive and make room for a discrete graphics chip, Apple
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Well, for average users, 2GB RAM is enough. If you have no firewire gear and don't plan on purchasing any, no SD cards and don't run heavy RAM-hungry applications, the MacBook is just fine.

Fair enough... but even if you don't have firewire equipment, target disk mode through firewire to another Mac is an invaluable tool, I've found. That feature, alone, is enough to push me away from the MacBook, unfortunately. Guess I'll be getting a 13" MBP for my fiancee.
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Going from 9400M to 320M does change the experience, though...
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Gone up from £816 to £840 in the UK

The dollar has gained on the Euro and other currencies due to the economic crisis in Greece. Which means dollars are worth more slightly than they have for several years.
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So the new MB starts out $200 less than a 13" MBP. By the time you put 4 GB of RAM in the MB, it'll be only $100 cheaper. By spending just $100 more for the MBP, you get firewire, an SD card slot, aluminum enclosure, and backlit keyboard. In all seriousness, considering the minute difference in price, why would anyone buy a MacBook over the low-end 13" MacBook Pro?


People who don't know about computer specs and are attracted to the soothing white ceramic looks of the case.

Women and children mostly.
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The 10 hr battery life is a bunch of crap. Just got the 10 hr macbook pro and see maybe about 7 or 8 at the most with not too much running in the background and screen turned down.
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I get the UK price (minus VAT) to work out as $1035 using this morning's exchange rate of 1.4483 GBP/USD. Not a whole lot different than the US price of $999.
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Gone up from £816 to £840 in the UK

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Frankly if you're an Apple fan in the UK you are a masochist. Apple's comedy UK pricing is little better than swapping the $ sign for a £ sign.

You do realize that there is a crisis in Europe that has affected the Euro and the Pound Sterling. Considering that the price also already included the VAT, that is actually comparable to the US prices. If you are a student, or connected with an educational institution, you get further discount.

When I was there, I understand your electricity system is slightly different from the US standard. So, I am not sure if the have to make a slight modification. That will add manufacturing cost to a much smaller market compared to the US, if they did something like that I believe Steve Jobs also sent an email to someone that there are regulatory issues, and additional taxes levied on certain Apple products. In the case of the response letter of Steve Jobs, it concerned the iPad and its much higher price in of the European countries. I am not sure if similar taxes are levied also on Apple computers in the UK.

Of course, there are much much cheaper alternatives, if it suits you.

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The 10 hr battery life is a bunch of crap. Just got the 10 hr macbook pro and see maybe about 7 or 8 at the most with not too much running in the background and screen turned down.

Most reviewers are getting battery life on the MBP which is very impressive - comparable to Apple's claims. The iPad reviews also claim that battery life is equal to or better than Apple's claims. No reason to think that the MacBook will be different.

The point is that using similar test procedures, the MBP battery far outlasts standard batteries on any other computer. Maybe if you stay away from Flash web sites....

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Going from 9400M to 320M does change the experience, though...

Not for the average MacBook user.
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The 10 hr battery life is a bunch of crap. Just got the 10 hr macbook pro and see maybe about 7 or 8 at the most with not too much running in the background and screen turned down.

Maybe it is worth returning? You have 14 days, No questions asked.

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Fair enough... but even if you don't have firewire equipment, target disk mode through firewire to another Mac is an invaluable tool, I've found. That feature, alone, is enough to push me away from the MacBook, unfortunately. Guess I'll be getting a 13" MBP for my fiancee.

USB2 can do the target disk now with snow leopard
even less reason to have firewire

the constant flow ,rate with multiple devices becomes less significant with the impending USB3
is there any date on that..yet?
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So the new MB starts out $200 less than a 13" MBP. By the time you put 4 GB of RAM in the MB, it'll be only $100 cheaper. By spending just $100 more for the MBP, you get firewire, an SD card slot, aluminum enclosure, and backlit keyboard. In all seriousness, considering the minute difference in price, why would anyone buy a MacBook over the low-end 13" MacBook Pro?

If you are a student, you get more discount, and possibly a free iPod Touch? (if they keep the program) if you buy the computer during the back to school (July to September) period.
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USB2 can do the target disk now with snow leopard
even less reason to have firewire

the constant flow ,rate with multiple devices becomes less significant with the impending USB3
is there any date on that..yet?

Since Apple is using Intel chipsets, they won't have USB3 until Intel delivers - and there's no time frame on that.
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