Apple refreshes Macbook, Air and Pro

Apple refreshes Macbook, Air and Pro




Announcement of the new line of Apple Macbooks, Mac Airs and MBPs have just concluded. Gizmodo and Engadget did a pretty awesome live coverage of the event so let me just summarize them and share a few thoughts.

A new Macbook Pro:
15.4″ display
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, 2.53GHz and 2.8GHz
2GB or 4GB DDR3 RAM 1066MHz
250GB or 320 GB HDD
NVidia 9400M or 9600M GT 256/512MB DDR3
DVD Superdrive
Weighs 5.5 lbs
Price: $1,999 / $2,499

Macbook Pro

Upgraded Macbook Air:
13.3″ display
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz or 1.86GHz (Centrino 2)
2GB DDR3 RAM 1066MHz
120GB HDD or 128GB SSD
Weighs 3.0 lbs
Price: $1,799 or $2,499


 

A new Macbook as well:
13.3″ display
Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz / 2.4GHz
2GB DDR3 RAM 1066MHz
160GB / 250GB HDD
NVidia GeForce 9400M
Slot-loading SuperDrice
Weighs 4.5 lbs
Price: $1,299 and $1,599

The old plastic Macbooks will still sell for a discounted price of $999 (until stocks are depleted). Some new changes they’ve introduced include:

  • An aluminum unibody that makes the casing much stronger. I wish they did a comparative drop test to really see how touch it is.
  • A new NVidia GPU + Chipset that makes the Macbooks a gaming machine. Problem though is that it cuts down battery life by 1 hour on the 9600M GT.
  • Glass multi-touch trackpad without buttons! The whole trackpad is the button. Ugh, this will need a lot of finger re-training, IMO. Tactile or haptic feedback would have been better Initial reviews indicate there’s some tactile feedback on the trackpad so that’s a good thing.
  • There’s also a new mini-display port, in lieu of an HDMI port, so you can hook it up to external monitors.

The Macbook Air got a very minor upgrade for the same price. That could drive the price of old version down a couple hundred bucks and make it more appealing.

And before I forget, these Macbooks still seem to be missing the much-needed exhaust vents — it’s going to be hot, hot hot (as in literally).



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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12 Responses

  1. ralph says:

    i accidentally dropped my toshiba laptop while it was inside my back pack. it still working 5 years and counting. hehe

  2. Num Lock says:

    … $ 900, i’ll buy now. Or an atom-base netbook. Besides, i’m quite sure if they will release a tablet ’til 2010.

  3. Num Lock says:

    If it only costs $900 or they’ll release a 12″ netbook. Besides, i’m quite sure that they will not release a tablet til 2010, the year windows 7 will be released.

  4. Martin says:

    Any chance of an Apple Netbook..?

  5. someone says:

    hope you can inform us whether it is already available here and when:D

  6. someone says:

    i meant where:D sorry for that..

  7. Roxanne says:

    I am very satisfy with my laptop. No need to change because Apple has a very elegant and appealing design. Maybe in the future, I will..

  8. Ethan Hunt says:

    I dropped an HP DV1000 and it’s still working 2 yrs hence.
    All in all, it’s 3 yrs old.

  9. rvdjh says:

    for some reason i prefer desktops haha

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