New MacBooks Unveiled at Apple Event

October 14, 2008

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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