New MacBook Sheds Plastic, Goes LED

CUPERTINO -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a revamped MacBook line up during a special notebook-related media event in Cupertino on Tuesday. The new model sheds its plastic skin in favor of an all metal body like the just announced MacBook Pro, and also sports a 13.3-inch LED backlit glossy display.

The new metal-skin MacBook

The MacBook includes an NVIDEA GeForce 9400M graphics chipset, a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 8x SuperDrive, built-in iSight camera and mic, and a MagSafe power adapter. The new model sports a five hour battery life, the same glass multi-touch trackpad found on the MacBook Pro, USB 2.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort, but does not include a FireWire port.

The 2GHz MacBook is priced at US$1,299. A 2.4GHz model is also available that adds a backlit keyboard for $1,599.

A 2.0GHz model with a white plastic body MacBook is also available for price conscious buyers at $999. The new MacBook lineup is available now and should be in stores by Wednesday.