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Apple Computer on Wednesday unveiled its new line of MacBook consumer notebooks that now include Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

At just one-inch thin, the new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than the previous generation and feature a built-in iSight video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and the iLife '06 award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

"MacBook has helped drive Apple's notebook market share to over 10 percent in US retail, and the new MacBooks will be among this holiday season's most exciting new products," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the entire line, these new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than their predecessors."

With prices starting at just $1,099, the new MacBook lineup includes three models: sleek white 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook models, and a high-end black 2.0 GHz MacBook model.

Helped by Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processors, the new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than the previous models and up to six times faster than the iBook, making it even easier for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital content with iLife '06.

Consumers will also benefit from the added power in the new 2.0 GHz models, including double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a double-layer SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs.

Each new MacBook features a 13-inch glossy widescreen display, ideal for viewing high-quality videos, DVDs and photos with Apple's Front Row media experience software. MacBooks also includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go with friends or family using iChat AV, recording a video podcast or iMovie using iLife '06, or taking fun snapshots with Photo Booth.



For those users frequently on the road, the MacBook includes Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord to the MacBook and safely disconnects under strain, preventing the notebook from falling off its work surface. Apple now also offers a MagSafe Airline Adapter that makes using a MacBook on an airplane even more convenient by connecting the notebook to in-seat power ports for continued productivity throughout the duration of a flight.

Apple's Core 2 Duo MacBooks also includes Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor, designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall, and a simple and intuitive Scrolling TrackPad for scrolling through long web pages or panning across large photographs.

The lightweight MacBook design packs built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 400 port, combination analog and optical digital audio input and output ports and a mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

Each MacBook comes with iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, the latest iLife application that makes turns web publishing and blogging into a trivial task. The notebooks also include the latest release of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger (version 10.4.8 ), including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on the Intel-based notebook.



Pricing & Availability

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter is available for a suggested retail price of $59 (US).

The 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:

13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 667 MHz front-side bus 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately) built-in iSight video camera Gigabit Ethernet port built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog Scrolling TrackPad the infrared Apple Remote; and 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 667 MHz front-side bus 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately) built-in iSight video camera Gigabit Ethernet port built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog Scrolling TrackPad the infrared Apple Remote; and 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor 667 MHz front-side bus 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately) built-in iSight video camera Gigabit Ethernet port built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog Scrolling TrackPad the infrared Apple Remote; and 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 80GB, 120GB or 160GB (5400 rpm) or a 200GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include: pre-installed copies of iWork '06, Logic Express 7, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 and Aperture 1.5.
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Very nice. That should propel holiday sales figures. Would be a real coup if they came in a $999 for the base model.
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No 999 USD model, I guess. In the swiss AppleStore, the price for the entry-level model is the same as before. And even http://www.apple.com/macbook/ says it's still 1099 USD...
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No 999 USD model, I guess. In the swiss AppleStore, the price for the entry-level model is the same as before. And even http://www.apple.com/macbook/ says it's still 1099 USD...

Yeah, 999 USD is a real psychological point, I'd say. I realize Apple has a margin to maintain, though...
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Consumers will also benefit from the added power in the new 2.0 GHz models, including double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a double-layer SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs.

The memory specs and storage capacity are the same as before.
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A better MB and a better Congress on the same day! Happy holidays! 8)
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tonton: the memory has been doubled for stock models, and the hard drive capacities have been raised to 80GB for the middle white model and 120GB for the black model.

Pretty good updates, but really Apple would have to, to stay competitive.
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The memory specs and storage capacity are the same as before.

DOH!

2.0GHz White 60GB 512MB -> 80GB, 1GB.
2.0GHz Black 80GB, 512MB -> 120GB, 1GB.


It looks like Apple loves it's Black premium policy - will be here for long time - unfortunately.

Other than that it's great news! It shows how important the MacBook brand is to them - and that they're deadly serious about keeping up the demand..
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Greaaat. Now what do I do? High end Macbook or low end MBP? I guess the video still makes all the difference for photography. I just wish I could get a MBP in black.
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Unless they also made these things 20% lighter, they aren't worth my time.
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Why are they taking so long to get the store back up?
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very nice update
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Crap. I bought a Black Macbook last week, can I take it back for a Core 2 Duo?
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Just have to see whether it has the (secret) pre-n wifi chip, i'm betting it does.
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The 1.83GHz has the smaller 2MB cache 2.0GHz has the full whack 4MB... see specs.
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Black Mac price in the UK has come down slightly. Now the gap with a 2.0White plus upgraded hard drive is only +GBP£20, which isn't bad.

One black Mac winging it's way to me now...

I would still have liked the option to put a graphics card into the Macbook, making it a true consumer gaming machine. Perhaps with the next revision...
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Crap. I bought a Black Macbook last week, can I take it back for a Core 2 Duo?

I amazed how many people don't bother learning about the return policy. Yes you can take it back for a 10% restocking fee as long as you bought it stock, with no customization, and you have all the original packaging, accessories, and documentation.
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Unless they also made these things 20% lighter, they aren't worth my time.

Not worth your time? Yeah lighter is nicer but have you picked up a pc laptop lately?

I recently got a MBP but these are pretty attractive nonetheless IMO.
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Crap. I bought a Black Macbook last week, can I take it back for a Core 2 Duo?

yes if not upgraded. restocking fee.
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A better MB and a better Congress on the same day! Happy holidays! 8)

You are right there
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Apple Computer on Wednesday unveiled its new line of MacBook consumer notebooks that now include Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Darn! I just ordered mine Monday night. It's a black with upgraded ram. It hasn't shipped yet. Think there's any chance they'll go ahead and send me the new one instead?
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Darn! I just ordered mine Monday night. It's a black with upgraded ram. It hasn't shipped yet. Think there's any chance they'll go ahead and send me the new one instead?

It's possible. I've heard similar tales before. Try contacting your supplier about it to make sure.

As for the 4mb v 2mb l2 cache thing - isn't that clock specific? As in I was under the (perhaps false) impression that Intel assign a cache size to each cpu and don't issue overlapping ones for the same clock. A 4mb 2.0GHz v 2mb 1.83GHz divide sounds more likely to me. It'll be interesting to see if this is resolved.

Fingers crossed for discrete graphics card option on the Santa Rosa MacBooks next year, or it'll have to be a Pro for me and at the moment I can't really justify the price difference.
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Darn! I just ordered mine Monday night. It's a black with upgraded ram. It hasn't shipped yet. Think there's any chance they'll go ahead and send me the new one instead?

Possibly... If you dont open the box I think you can send it back without any restocking fee? I would call Apple if you only ordered it Monday and it hasnt shipped.
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Darn! I just ordered mine Monday night. It's a black with upgraded ram. It hasn't shipped yet. Think there's any chance they'll go ahead and send me the new one instead?

It's almost certain that they will. I'd call and make sure though.
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Not worth your time? Yeah lighter is nicer but have you picked up a pc laptop lately?

Umijin's basically asking for a lightweight or an ultralight, which I can sympathize. I'd want an ultralight for the potential for 5x longer battery life, but lighter weight would be a bonus.
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If it was silver and had a back-lit keyboard and ambient light sensor, I'd be sold. Instead, I have to pay $700 for the MBP model I want.

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Anyone know if these have the new pre-802.11n wireless chips? Or will we have to wait till someone gets one and cracks the case to find out?

If so, I think Apple will be all 802.11n in time for the iTV. Will that require 802.11n? or only for HD content? Hmmmm....

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It's almost certain that they will. I'd call and make sure though.

Woohoo! I just called 1-800-676-2775 and they confirmed that they had already cancelled the original order and replaced it with the new model. Since my only upgrade was to 1GB ram, the replaced the order with the new base model since that also has 1gb ram, and the total price is now $100 less.
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Darn! I just ordered mine Monday night. It's a black with upgraded ram. It hasn't shipped yet. Think there's any chance they'll go ahead and send me the new one instead?

If people actually read the return policy, you'll note that you are guaranteed an upgrade.

For those that bought theirs uncustomized, with the original pakaging, if it's within 14 days you can return it too for 10% restocking fee.

http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Im...spolicies.html


On another note, why does Apple say it's 1" thin? It is 1.08"! Was 1.07" the old MacBook thickness? Or was it 1.06" or 1.09"? UPDATE: I did some research and saw that the old MacBook is 1.08". It stayed the same. (I have a MBP 17").

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On another note, why does Apple say it's 1" thin? It is 1.08"! Was 1.07" the old MacBook thickness? Or was it 1.06" or 1.09"?

The tech specs say the new model's thickness is 1.08". That's a bit of a stretch, but I'm more disturbed that notebook makers use "thin", it's not as if the measurement somehow changes by using it instead of "thick". Except here, I suppose, when the number changes by 8% just by saying it is "thin". It's just some lame psychological stunt.
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Who was it that said they'll wait 'till Macworld? Ha ha told you so!

/very strange semi-awake dream this morning, I actually saw what looked like the picture on the Apple.com homepage of the two MacBooks, and ran down the stairs to find out if I was correct, and I was. Very strange!
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Sure, the use of the word thin over thick is more appealing.

But Apple is kind of lying when they say it's 1" thin. It's closer to 1.1" thin. (They're misleading in order to sell more products).

If it was 1" thin and they said it was less than 1.1" thin that is closer to telling the truth, and more Apple's style. Not that they aren't telling the truth in the first place. They're just, exaggerating...
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Woohoo! I just called 1-800-676-2775 and they confirmed that they had already cancelled the original order and replaced it with the new model. Since my only upgrade was to 1GB ram, the replaced the order with the new base model since that also has 1gb ram, and the total price is now $100 less.

Congrats, man! I bet that's a pleasant surprise
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I like - I like - I like - more importantly, the wallet like

This is a nice machine at the right price at the right time on the right day (8 yeah, Dems).

Just one question: how will it run Aperture? I was thinking to update my old and beginning to get cranky PB wiht a MBP, but money is an obstacle. Just want toe run Aperture for some basic pre-editing in the field; nothing heavy.

If it will run Aperture, I will order one this week if I can decide between white and black.

 

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http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObje...fCQc4X1KqjZRd4

Thought so. 2.0GHz = 4mb L2 whether it's black or white.
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Sure, the use of the word thin over thick is more appealing.

But Apple is kind of lying when they say it's 1" thin. It's closer to 1.1" thin.

If it was 1" thin and they said it was less than 1.1" thin that is closer to telling the truth, and more Apple's style.

I am sorry, but where did you get the measurement of 1.1" for the new MacBook?
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The tech specs say the new model's thickness is 1.08". That's a bit of a stretch, but I'm more disturbed that notebook makers use "thin", it's not as if the measurement somehow changes by using it instead of "thick". Except here, I suppose, when the number changes by 8% just by saying it is "thin". It's just some lame psychological stunt.

Please reference you source for the 1.08"
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Sorry, I would think even that 12 year old programmer on Digg could use common sense and look at the tech specs (that's technical specifications). Actually he probably could. But I guess I set the bar too high otherwise.

http://www.apple.com/macbook/specs.html

People, please! Research and use common sense! It really isn't that hard! Lol I feel like I'm in that SNL skit with Jimmy Fallon sp? where he's the tech guy and fixes the three computers. haha...
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A better MB and a better Congress on the same day! Happy holidays! 8)

amen to that brotha!

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Originally Posted by mgkwho

Sure, the use of the word thin over thick is more appealing.

But Apple is kind of lying when they say it's 1" thin. It's closer to 1.1" thin.

If it was 1" thin and they said it was less than 1.1" thin that is closer to telling the truth, and more Apple's style.

The MacBook spec site

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html

tables the new MacBook to be 1.0 inches thick. And at the same time, lists it in centimeters for greater accuracy at 2.59 cm (which by the way is equal to 1.019685 inches). Therefore to round it off to the nearest tenth, the listing by Apple at 1.0 is correct. They obviously could have listed it to the nearest 100th, i.e., 1.02 inches, but for the life of me, I can't imagine that many would be able to relate to the difference.

What really irks me, is your demeaning attitude. It really isn't necessary to suggest that lying is involved. Except of course to your own comments.
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