Apple unveils Intel-based MacBook notebooks

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple Computer on Tuesday unveiled its newly designed MacBook consumer notebook, which features Intel Core Duo processors and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display, all in a sleek design that the company says is up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook.



Together with the 15-and 17-inch MacBook Pros, the new MacBook completes Apple's Intel-based portables lineup and replaces both the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook. Apple's entire portables lineup now offers Intel Core Duo processors; a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go; breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote; and several advanced features including DVI with dual display support, optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor, Scrolling TrackPad and MagSafe Power Adapter.



"Apple began the transition to Intel Core Duo-based notebooks in February with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and now just 90 days later we have completed the transition with the release of the all new MacBook," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The complete MacBook lineup leads the industry with Apple's trademark innovative design and advanced mobile features -- from top to bottom it is the best notebook line that we have ever offered."



With prices starting at just $1,099, the MacBook lineup includes three models: a 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook in a newly designed, sleek white enclosure and a 2.0 GHz MacBook in a new black enclosure.



The new MacBook offers performance up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook with a completely new system architecture including a 667 MHz front-side bus and 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory expandable to 2GB.







At about one-inch thin, the new MacBook is 20 percent thinner than the iBook and features a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display that is 79 percent brighter than the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook. It provides incredibly crisp images with richer colors, deeper blacks and significantly greater contrast. At a resolution of 1280 x 800, the MacBook display also provides 30 percent more viewing area than the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook.



Every new MacBook comes with a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go using Apple's iChat AV software, or recording a video Podcast or iMovie using iLife '06. MacBook also includes Photo Booth, Apple's fun-to-use application that lets users take quick snapshots with the built-in iSight video camera, add entertaining visual effects and share their pictures with the touch of a button.



Additionally, new MacBook gives customers a simple way to enjoy their digital lifestyle content wherever they go -- including music, photos and videos from across the room using the Apple Remote. With Front Row, users can effortlessly access shared iTunes playlists, iPhoto libraries and video throughout their home via Bonjour, Apple's zero configuration wireless networking built into Mac OS X.



Designed to withstand the rigors of life on the go, every MacBook comes with Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter, created especially for mobile users that makes charging the notebook's battery easier than ever by magnetically coupling the power cord to the MacBook. The MagSafe Power Adapter safely disconnects from the notebook when there is strain on the power cord, helping to prevent the notebook from falling off its work surface. Every MacBook also includes Apple's Sudden Motion Sensor that is designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall, and all MacBooks include a Scrolling TrackPad to easily scroll through long web pages or pan across large photographs.







With the latest high-performance connectivity options, every new MacBook includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet for high-speed networking, built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11g WiFi for up to 54 Mbps fast wireless networking, built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), two USB 2.0 ports, 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.



Every MacBook includes iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, a new iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and Podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. All the iLife '06 applications run natively on the new Intel-based MacBooks for maximum performance.



Every MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.6 "Tiger" including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on Apple's Intel-based notebook line. Mac OS X Tiger includes software translation technology called Rosetta that lets customers run most Mac OS X PowerPC applications seamlessly. Intel-based Mac customers have more than 1,700 Universal applications to choose from and the list is growing each day with hundreds of developers including Adobe, Quark and IBM's Lotus division announcing support for Mac OS X Intel-based applications. An updated list of Universal applications for Mac OS X is available on Apple's Web site.







Pricing & Availability



The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple today also increased processor speeds on both models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 2.0 GHz, and the $1,999 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.83 GHz.



Beginning today, the MacBook Pro also offers the new glossy widescreen display as a CTO option on both the 15-and 17-inch models at no additional cost.



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 brightness1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor667 MHz front-side bus512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensora slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical driveIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)built-in iSight video cameraGigabit Ethernet portbuilt-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDRtwo USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire® 400 portone audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analogScrolling TrackPadthe 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 brightness2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor667 MHz front-side bus512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensora slot-load SuperDrive(TM) (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical driveIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)built-in iSight video cameraGigabit Ethernet portbuilt-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDRtwo USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 portone audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analogScrolling TrackPadthe 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 brightness2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor667 MHz front-side bus512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensora slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical driveIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)built-in iSight video cameraGigabit Ethernet portbuilt-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDRtwo USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 portone audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analogScrolling TrackPadthe infrared Apple Remote and

60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 80GB, 100GB or 120GB 5400 rpm hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, and the AppleCare Protection Plan.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 440
    backtomacbacktomac Posts: 4,579member
    Looks excellent. Waiting for Merom is getting harder every day. With the black model hopes for a 12 in MBP are fading fast. Why no 1.6ghz model for 999? That's my only gripe.
  • Reply 2 of 440
    othelloothello Posts: 1,053member
    is the video out just mirroring or will it do extended desktop like the MBP?
  • Reply 3 of 440
    brunobruinbrunobruin Posts: 552member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by othello

    is the video out just mirroring or will it do extended desktop like the MBP?



    Extended desktop and mini-DVI. Tech specs.
  • Reply 4 of 440
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by othello

    is the video out just mirroring or will it do extended desktop like the MBP?



    It's just mirroring. Intel graphics, oh yay!
  • Reply 5 of 440
    kim kap solkim kap sol Posts: 2,987member
    Looks like Apple is planning to rake in the cash with the black MacBook for...$200 MORE!!! (ok...so it's got 20 extra gigs of storage space...that's not worth 200 more. )
  • Reply 6 of 440
    fuyutsukifuyutsuki Posts: 293member
    YAY MACBOOK!



    Quote:

    Originally posted by othello

    is the video out just mirroring or will it do extended desktop like the MBP?



    It's uncrippled now, which is excellent news ... *almost* enough to make me not want to sigh about the GMA950 graphics.



    Actually all considered it looks a superb little machine and I'm itching to see one face to face to play with that magnetic screen latch we all heard so much about, not to mention try out its keyboard in comparison to the old model.



    A MacBook with PowerBook quality keys would be enough to sway me at last. My 867MHz PBG4 12" has endured well.
  • Reply 7 of 440
    webflitswebflits Posts: 58member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by othello

    is the video out just mirroring or will it do extended desktop like the MBP?



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



    Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 1920 x 1200 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors
  • Reply 8 of 440
    brunobruinbrunobruin Posts: 552member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by AppleInsider

    The new MacBook offers performance up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook...



    I'd say that was the official death-knell for the 12-inch "pro" model. The MacBook is being positioned as a replacement for the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook.
  • Reply 9 of 440
    benroethigbenroethig Posts: 2,782member
    I'm happy. It solidifies the Macbook as an affoardable premium laptop. Upgrading the the CPU on the 15" books twice, you'd never see that still using the PPC.
  • Reply 10 of 440
    fuyutsukifuyutsuki Posts: 293member
    Here's a couple of thoughts:



    1. Glossy display? Apple decided to go in for those? I didn't expect it actually, as in my experience a glossy one certainly NEEDS the extra brightness in daylight sitations because of the extra glare. The resolution is good though, I want to see this close up.



    2. Black premium. I can see this being the story coming out of the MacBook's launch. I wasn't around for the old multicoloured iMac and iBook days, so is this a new move? As in were colours used to differentiate new models from eachother (and therefore price) or were they used to make new stand out from old?
  • Reply 11 of 440
    scavangerscavanger Posts: 286member
    I'm glad to see they gimped the graphics card on the high end, so unless you want a 15 inch which I don't there is no way to get non intergrated graphics. Thanks Apple you've wasted my time.
  • Reply 12 of 440
    relicrelic Posts: 4,735member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by BrunoBruin

    I'd say that was the official death-knell for the 12-inch "pro" model. The MacBook is being positioned as a replacement for the iBook and 12-inch PowerBook.



    I'm really upset about the 12-inch, I hate that scratch prone case on the MacBook. Give me a Alu please, 12-inch or smaller.
  • Reply 13 of 440
    umijinumijin Posts: 133member
    WTF - 5.2 pounds??! What are they thinking?!



    This is a pound heavier than the G4 12" PowerBook. I thought the whole idea behind switching to Intel was to conserve size and power.



    This is a major disappointment, and won't sell so well here in Japan where people predominantly use public transportation and actually have to CARRY their laptops.
  • Reply 14 of 440
    2. Black premium. I can see this being the story coming out of the MacBook's launch. I wasn't around for the old multicoloured iMac and iBook days, so is this a new move? As in were colours used to differentiate new models from eachother (and therefore price) or were they used to make new stand out from old? [/B][/QUOTE]



    I remember back in the days of the five fruit iMacs, you had to shell out extra cash to get the only non-gay one which was in graphite. It was their DV or Special Edition iMac. More powerful, more money, but what you were really paying for was the color. With the macbook, what are you getting for the xtra $200? 20 gigs of harddrive and black. The harddrive is a $50 feature, so that's $150 premium just for the color. What a rip off. Wait six months and they'll all probably sold in black.
  • Reply 15 of 440
    ipickle06ipickle06 Posts: 14member
    uh...i wanna switch to Mac so bad now
  • Reply 16 of 440
    vox barbaravox barbara Posts: 2,021member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by fuyutsuki

    ...

    It's uncrippled now, which is excellent news ... *almost* enough to make me not want to sigh about the GMA950 graphics.

    ...




    Well, there is no need to whine about the integrated graphics

    anymore. Really, i saw the new mini in action and guess what,

    the graphics are pretty fast, faster than former graphic chip

    on par at least. Though, i didn't try 3D gaming.

    But if you are in 3D gaming, than you shouldn't consider

    Macs anyway.



    Btw, congrats apple, beautyful job indeed.
  • Reply 17 of 440
    aegisdesignaegisdesign Posts: 2,914member
    The keyboard is kind of retro funky. The black model with the new keyboard reminds me of my old Cambridge Z88.







    I'll be buying a white model though. Black is soo 80s.
  • Reply 18 of 440
    solsunsolsun Posts: 763member
    To Melgross and aplnub:



    I hate to say 'I told you so," but, I told you so! I WAS RIGHT, the MacBook starts at $1099.
  • Reply 19 of 440
    vox barbaravox barbara Posts: 2,021member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by iPickle06

    uh...i wanna switch to Mac so bad now



    Why don't you so?
  • Reply 20 of 440
    lundylundy Posts: 4,466member
    I just checked all of the iBooks ever made with MacTracker and I do not see any where there was more than one graphics system within a single product release. So there is no precedent for a "high end graphics" MacBook.



    The MacBook is the consumer notebook - it's going to have consumer graphics and a consumer price.



    Quote:

    Originally posted by scavanger

    I'm glad to see they gimped the graphics card on the high end, so unless you want a 15 inch which I don't there is no way to get non intergrated graphics. Thanks Apple you've wasted my time.



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