Today, Apple announced a blinding amount of new and improved MacBook products.
The new models each feature a unibody enclosure made from a single block of aluminum, which makes it thinner and prettier. Well, the prettier part may be due to new NVIDIA graphics. Also, each MacBook model will have an LED backlit display, as well as “glass Multi-Touch trackpads,” which bumps up the tracking area by including “more Multi-Touch gestures.”
When you see the price, you may have a few gestures of your own. The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch aluminum MacBook runs $1,299. That will get you 2GB 1066MHz DDR 3 memory, GeForce 9400M, a 160GB hard drive, and a slot-loading SuperDrive. For an extra $300, the 2.4 GHz model adds a 250GB hard drive and backlit keyboard.
“Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminum. And, just as important, they are the industry’s greenest notebooks,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new MacBooks offer incredible features our users will love—like their stunning all-metal design, great 3D graphics and LED backlit displays—at prices up to $700 less than before.”
Why does $700 less still seem so hefty? Yes—I want it all, but I also want it cheap. If you have cash-in-sweaty-hand, both units are now shipping.
Also shipping is the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is a mere 0.95-inches thin. That includes the latest 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, as well as dual NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT processors. Starting at $1,999, it also comes in two models: a 2.4 GHz model with a 250GB 5400 rpm hard drive and a 2.53 GHz model with a 320GB 5400 rpm hard drive.
Apple also updated the MacBook Air and 17-inch MacBook Pro. MacBook Air is only 0.16 inches at its thinnest point, but packs NVIDIA’s GeForce 9400M and a 120GB 4200 rpm hard drive. It’s the only one you’ll have to wait on, but it’s a short wait; the unit will be available next month starting at $1,799.
In case you’ve got a few bucks left, Apple also announced the new LED Cinema Display. The 24-inch LED-backlit widescreen display features a built-in iSight video camera, mic and speakers, as well as an integrated MagSafe charger, three USB 2.0 ports and the new Mini DisplayPort. That will be available next month for $899.
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