Apple Updates MacBook: Faster Processors, Larger Hard Drives

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Apple Inc. announced Tuesday an update to the MacBook line. The company introduced new models with 2.1 and 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processors and 120-250 GB hard drive options. As before, the company is offering two models in White, with a Black model available only in the fastest configuration. All of the models ship with 2 GB of RAM standard, with 4 GB available as a build-to-order option.

The MacBook uses the Intel Graphics Accelerator X3100 for graphics, a chipset that uses a shared-memory scheme instead of dedicated video RAM. All of the models come with a built-in iSight camera, 802.11n AirPort, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Sudden Motion Sensors in the hard drives.

The new models are available now from the Apple Store in the following configurations:

The 2.1 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display
  • 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 800 MHz front-side bus
  • 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB
  • 120GB 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 X3100
  • 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; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 800 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB
  • 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 X3100
  • 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; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

  • 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache
  • 800 MHz front-side bus
  • 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB
  • 250GB 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 X3100
  • 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; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

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