Apple releases Intel-based iBook successor (Update2)

Summary:As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no "Pro") is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.

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As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no "Pro") is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.

Three configurations are available:

13-inch: White
- 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
- 13.3-inch widescreen display
- 1280 x 800 resolution
- 512MB memory (2x256MB SODIMMs)
- 60GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- Combo drive (DVD-ROM, CD-RW)
- US$1,099
- Ships: 1-5 Business Days

13-inch: White
- 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
- 13.3-inch widescreen display
- 1280 x 800 resolution
- 512MB memory (2x256MB SODIMMs)
- 60GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- SuperDrive (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
- US$1,299
- Ships: 1-5 Business Days

13-inch: Black
- 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
- 13.3-inch widescreen display
- 1280 x 800 resolution
- 512MB memory (2x256MB SODIMMs)
- 80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
- SuperDrive (DVD±RW, CD-RW)
- US$1,499
- Ships: 1-5 Business Days

Some notes:

- Intel Core Duo processors across the board, no Core Solos.

- The black/white color choice is not a Configure-To-Order (CTO) option, the black case is only available in the high-end 2.0GHz/SuperDrive configuration.

- No dual-layer DVD burning, although it can read dual-layer DVDs.

- Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory.

- The black case costs US$150 extra when you consider that upgrading the 60GB drive to the 80GB drive only costs US$50 as a CTO option. 

- The MacBook marks Apple's return to the black notebook computer in over six years. The "BlackBook" is the first black colored Apple notebook since the PowerBook G3 (Pismo) was announced on 16 February 2000.

- BlackBook and WhiteBook weigh in at 5.2 pounds, a full pound heavier than the 12-inch PowerBook G4 (4.2 pounds).

Shipping is listed as 1-5 days, but you can expect that date to creep further out as orders begin to queue throughout the day.

Topics: Hardware

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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