New Apple MacBook (Verdict: No Santa Rosa?!)

Here is the new Apple MacBook (whee!) with the same old design (ooh). They come complete with new Intel Core 2 Duo processors up to 2.16GHz, 1GB of RAM, SuperDrive, 802.11n wireless, 200GB HD and the usual arrange of ports, with prices starting at $1,099. The 2.16 machines get 8x SuperDrives with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW). Old machines topped at 2.0Ghz, with 6x drives.

But no Santa Rosa, like all those PCs we saw unveiled last week. Awwww man!

The update is not very impressive. Unfortunately, no sight of new MacBook Pros, LED backlighted displays or solid state hard drives for now, much less of the fabled MacBook Mini.

On one hand, we miss Boom style laptop launches. On the other, we're glad to have frequent updates to Mac lineup. Before Intel, Jobs had to forge the updated Power PC chips by hand, with Woz on the cordless phone telling him how to strike his hammer just so. Ah Woz...

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Product page [Apple]

Apple Updates Popular MacBook Faster Intel Core 2 Duo Processors, 1GB of Memory and Larger Hard Drives Across the Line CUPERTINO, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple(R) today updated its MacBook(R) consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model. The MacBook is just one-inch thin and features built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.* Every MacBook also includes a built-in iSight(R) video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe(R) Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife(R) '06, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications. "The MacBook is a huge hit with customers, and is one of the reasons that Mac sales are growing three times faster than PC sales," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The new MacBook is faster, has even more memory and storage, and is an ideal notebook for customers' growing library of digital music, photos and movies." Featuring a gorgeous 13-inch glossy widescreen display, the one-inch thin MacBook comes in three models: sleek white 2.0 GHz and 2.16 GHz MacBook models, and a stunning black 2.16 GHz MacBook model. The MacBook includes a built-in iSight video camera for video chatting on-the-go with friends or family using iChat AV,** recording a video podcast or iMovie(R) using iLife '06, or taking fun snapshots with Photo Booth. Designed for the mobile lifestyle, the MacBook includes Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord to the MacBook and safely disconnects when under strain, and the latest generation of 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g. The MacBook comes with iLife '06, the next generation of Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto(R), iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand(TM) and iWeb(TM). The MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS(R) X version 10.4.9 Tiger, including Safari(TM), Mail, iCal(R), iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth. Pricing & Availability

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:



— 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;

— 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;

— 667 MHz front-side bus;

— 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;

— 80GB 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 950;

— 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(R) 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth

2.0+EDR;

— two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire(R) 400 port;

— one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both

optical digital and analog;

— Scrolling TrackPad;

— the infrared Apple Remote; and

— 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



The 2.16 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:



— 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;

— 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;

— 667 MHz front-side bus;

— 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;

— 120GB 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 950;

— 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;

— the infrared Apple Remote; and

— 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



The 2.16 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:



— 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display;

— 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;

— 667 MHz front-side bus;

— 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;

— 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 950;

— 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 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;

— the infrared Apple Remote; and

— 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 120GB or 160GB (5400 rpm) or a 200GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include pre-installed copies of iWork '06, Logic Express 7, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 and Aperture 1.5.