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by Reverend_Danger   October 14, 2008 at 2:45PM  |  Views: 79

Apple tore the sheet away from two new (mainly) products today and Mac users are (mostly) excited. One is the next gen MacBook which now has a screen that’s 30% brighter, a glass track pad which has a lower friction coefficient (it’s more slippery), and a case that's carved by lasers from a single block of aluminum, which gives the case increased rigidity.

It’s going to set you back something between $2,000 and $2,500, depending on options:

The Apple MacBook Pro "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 15-Inch (Early 2008/Penryn) features a 45 nm "Penryn" 2.4 GHz "Core 2 Duo" processor (T8300)...an 800 MHz frontside bus, 2.0 GB of 667 MHz PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM, a 200 GB (5400 RPM) hard drive with "Sudden Motion Sensor" technology, and an 8X dual-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive. It also includes a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.

The initially disappointing Air has some much-needed updates as well.  It’s got an Nvidia 9400m grahics card which has increased its graphics speed by 4x.  It’s the same price, but it’s got a larger hard drive (128GB) and an additional mini-DisplayPort. Overall, the Air line will be cheaper - the SSD model, for example, will now put you back $2,500. It's still the thinnest laptop on the market, and has an increased battery life (now at a stated 4.5 hours).  

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Both notebooks (and a new, 24-inch cinema display) are available for purchase immediately and can be had for exorbitant prices at Apple.com or your local, pretentious Mac Store as early as tomorrow.

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