Apple updates MacBook with faster chips, more memory

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Apple today updated its MacBook consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model.



The new line of MacBooks remain just one-inch thin and feature built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g. Every MacBook also includes a built-in iSight video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife '06, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.



"The MacBook is a huge hit with customers, and is one of the reasons that Mac sales are growing three times faster than PC sales," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The new MacBook is faster, has even more memory and storage, and is an ideal notebook for customers' growing library of digital music, photos and movies."



Featuring a 13-inch glossy widescreen display, the one-inch thin MacBook comes in three models: white 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz MacBook models, and a black 2.16 GHz MacBook model. The MacBook includes a built-in iSight video camera for video chatting 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. Designed for the mobile lifestyle, the MacBook includes Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord to the MacBook and safely disconnects when under strain, and the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.



The 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 MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.9 Tiger, including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.







Pricing & Availability



The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.



The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:



13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display; 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 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 802.11n 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 2.16 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:



13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display; 2.16 GHz 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 8x 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 802.11n 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 2.16 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:



13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display; 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor; 667 MHz front-side bus; 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB; 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor; a slot-load 8x 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 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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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 165
    sopraninosopranino Posts: 28member
    WTF.....???? No MBP updates??? [email protected]!!!!
  • Reply 2 of 165
    Surprised about the lack of a santa rosa update...



    Oh well.
  • Reply 3 of 165
    fishafisha Posts: 126member
    bit of a let down really . . . especially no santa rosa....





    in yer own time apple . . . in yer own time.
  • Reply 4 of 165
    kasperkasper Posts: 941member, administrator
    :::yawn:::
  • Reply 5 of 165
    pbpb Posts: 4,231member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Matthew Yohe View Post


    Surprised about the lack of a santa rosa update...



    Oh well.



    Why? MB Pros don't have it yet. Santa Rosa will be rather for the autumn Macbook update.
  • Reply 6 of 165
    pbpb Posts: 4,231member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kasper View Post


    :::yawn:::



    Well, yes and no. The Macbook needed this refresh, even if this means not updated graphics yet.
  • Reply 7 of 165
    vineavinea Posts: 5,585member
    Not sure why folks would expect more than a speed bump...
  • Reply 8 of 165
    banjobanjo Posts: 24member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by fisha View Post


    bit of a let down really . . . especially no santa rosa....





    in yer own time apple . . . in yer own time.



    Surely the major hardware updates will all happen with Leopard's introduction? That would seem to make sense as both an incentive to buy updated products and as a means to get people on the new OS. Apple product announcements are always a "let-down", not because of the nature of the products, but because of our rather farfetched speculation... and long may it continue!
  • Reply 9 of 165
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vinea View Post


    Not sure why folks would expect more than a speed bump...



    Around here?!?! You **are** kidding right?
  • Reply 10 of 165
    bergermeisterbergermeister Posts: 6,784member
    Oh, drat. No super-mini-portable with 5GHz quad processors for $399. I have had it with Apple.





    Speed bumps. WWDC is next month...
  • Reply 11 of 165
    banjobanjo Posts: 24member
    The Apple Store is now back online, confirming that the MacBook bump is the only update for today!
  • Reply 12 of 165
    steste Posts: 119member
    I find it slightly -- just ever so slightly -- irksome that the 13" MacBook now has a faster optical drive than the 15" MBP.
  • Reply 13 of 165
    bergermeisterbergermeister Posts: 6,784member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Banjo View Post


    The Apple Store is now back online, confirming that the MacBook bump is the only update for today!



    What store are you looking at? After reading your message, I checked US, Japan and Australia and they are all still down.
  • Reply 14 of 165
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    1) Santa Rosa offers very little performance improvement. Apple should wait until Santa Rosa's Robson is working well before implementing in the MacBook (Pro) lines. Plus, we'll definitely see it int he MBP before the MB.



    2) My *new* black MacBook has a 0.16GHz slower processor, 2x slower SuperDrive and 40GB less capacity than the new black MacBook. Will I be crying over these new release, calling foul on Apple and franticaly claiming my machine is now obsolete? Hell no!



    3) With the speed of the MacBok nd MacBook Pros getting this close and the optical drive of the MB being 2x faster than the 15" MBP, it's a safe bet that new Satna Rosa MacBook Pros with this new optical drive and larger HDDs will appear at WWDC in 3 weeks.
  • Reply 15 of 165
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Banjo View Post


    Surely the major hardware updates will all happen with Leopard's introduction? That would seem to make sense as both an incentive to buy updated products and as a means to get people on the new OS.!



    Gotta disagree with you on this...



    If anything Steve will force new hardware out the doors a month or so PRIOR to the 'announced release' of 10.5 (pushing employees to the breaking point no doubt) which in turn will force those fine customers who just purchased the new hardware to pony up another C note for the new OS a few month later.



    Oh and look for those same fine folks to come here to bitch moan & complain about Apple not having an 'upgrade policy' for people who 'just last month' bought a new computer. With some insisting that they MUST have an upgrade pricing. They never did (not really*) and they never will... They just don't do it (at the OS level).



    (*) Okay smarty OS X 10.1 is the exception that proves the rule.



    D
  • Reply 16 of 165
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bergermeister View Post


    Oh, drat. No super-mini-portable with 5GHz quad processors for $399. I have had it with Apple.



  • Reply 17 of 165
    bergermeisterbergermeister Posts: 6,784member
    From Apple's HotNews:



    iTunes Offers Exclusive Pre-Order of New Paul McCartney Album ?Memory Almost Full?

    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/05/15itunes.html



    That is the big news of the day.
  • Reply 18 of 165
    bizmacbizmac Posts: 20member
    Bad update no SR...no intel x3000...the MacBook is now outdated

    Shares will soar...bad move Apple.
  • Reply 19 of 165
    aegisdesignaegisdesign Posts: 2,914member
    They also dropped the prices here in the UK. The three base specs are now £50 cheaper each.



    They were £749 / £879 / £999.



    They're now £699 / £829 / £949. Prices including our VAT at 17.5%. With the USD/GBP exchange rate hovering around $2 to the pound, that's not a brilliant drop but still welcome.



    Good to see 1GB standard in the low end model too.
  • Reply 20 of 165
    benroethigbenroethig Posts: 2,782member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by vinea View Post


    Not sure why folks would expect more than a speed bump...



    I don't know, maybe because bargain basement HP got the newest tech last week, and we expect more out of a premium computer maker like Apple.
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