Apple debuts new MacBook and MacBook Pro models

Apple debuts new MacBook and MacBook Pro models

Summary: This is far more exciting than the new 2GB iPod shuffle - new MacBooks and MacBook Pros from Apple.


This is far more exciting than the new 2GB iPod shuffle - new MacBooks and MacBook Pros from Apple.

Apple has taken the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks and made then even better


MacBookIn the MacBook range you get a choice of 2.1 and 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors.  The 2.1GHz model comes with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive.  Price is $1,099.

The 2.4GHz model comes with 2GB of RAM as standard and a choice of 160GB or 250GB hard drive.  Prices are $1,299 and $1,499 respectively.

All models come with a 13" glossy widescreen display.

MacBook Pro

MacBook ProThe MacBook Pro upgrades are more impressive.  Here we have again three models.  A system based on the 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor which has a 15" glossy screen, 2GB of RAM, a 200GB hard drive and an nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 256MB of onboard memory.  This system will set you back $1,999.

Then you have another model with a 15" screen.  This one has a 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB or RAM, 250GB hard drive and nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card with 512MB of onboard memory and will set you back $2,499.  If you want a 17" screen with that the system will cost you an extra $300.

If you want to spend more, you can upgrade to a faster processor, larger hard drive or add more RAM.  As a reference, a system based on a 2.6GHz processor with 4GB or RAM, a 300GB hard drive and a hi-resolution LED display will set you back $3,624.

Want an additional reason to go for a MacBook Pro?  How about a trackpad that supports Multi-Touch so that you can pinch, rotate and swipe your way around the OS?  I've been pretty impressed with this feature on my iPod touch and I'm sure that within minutes of using it on the MacBook Pro that I'd be cursing every other notebook for not having support for it.

Thoughts?  Anyone resty to give their credit card a workout yet?

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • The basic 13" Macbook didn't change much?

    For basic 13" MacBook, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports: "In the MacBook range you get a choice of 2.1 and 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The 2.1GHz model comes with 1GB of RAM and a 120GB hard drive. Price is $1,099.... All models come with a 13″ glossy widescreen display."

    I got my 13" MacBook in November 2007 and my MacBook has a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (but of course not the Penryn), 1GB of RAM, and 120GB HDD. Doesn't sound like much of a change if you only have the less expensive basic 13" MacBook. Still a good buy if you want a MacBook without going for the high-end MacBook Pro model. And I think a more economical buy than getting the too-very-expensive MacBook Air.
    • Bigger HDD?

      It seems like they simply rearranged the pricing structure. The 80GB model was at $1099 I believe, so now it's at 120GB. I paid $1299 for the 120GB model and upgraded to 2GB RAM.

      Oh yeah, another difference was the next step up had a DVD burner (Superdrive). Is that the same here?
      glocks out
      • Yes I want that

        The 13" MacBook that I got in November 2007 with a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB of RAM, and 120GB HDD and also had the Superdrive DVD burner which I use a lot, that all cost me around $999 on sale after an instant discount coupon. Used the savings to buy Parallels and other doodads for the MacBook and therefore ended up spending $1200 in the end.

        Yes. Now I want a bigger harddrive and add more RAM now.
        • macbook $999?

          where did u get a macbook for $999?
  • Oh, man...

    Aido, you were doing so well there for a while. You seemed to move away from being an iApple blog, only to let us all down again with the last two posts.

    I guess you have to ease yourself off iApple slowly. Keep working on it. You'll get there, I HOPE!
    Big Scoddie
    • In Defense

      I'm one who's disagreeing with Adrian often, but not over his foray into Apple gear.
      After an exhaustive naval gazing exercise comparing Windows to itself, what is
      needed is true peer review between competitors. What's needed are productivity
      bake-offs between platforms, not intra-platform slap fights. Adrian hasn't done it
      yet, but no one has come closer.

      Anyone who believes Apple still doesn't have a place at the table, is going to
      embrace this little contest first. A decisive win in casual or rigorous, TCO, cost
      recovery, and productivity studies are the only things that will validate PC myopia.
      Based on what I've seen so far, you folks should be concerned. If Adrian doesn't do
      it someone else will very soon.
      Harry Bardal
      • Time

        It's good times for Apple, selling more Macs than ever and some of those Macs WILL
        find a home with more and more of these tech bloggers and journalists. Maybe then,
        with time, ZDNet will contain less of those anti-Apple twisted articles.

        I don't care if Apple gets some negative press but only if they deserve it.
        The truth should be more interesting to read than pure flame baits.
  • What about the Mini? I haven't heard anything about it since... got it. Are you using it? If so how do you like it? What do you use it for?
  • How about a real review.

    Adrian, I realize this is just out info, but it is the same info that is in an email sent to all Apple customers, only they do a better job of it with pictures and more specs. How about the actual Hardware, tell us something new, comparatives with Dells or HPs or help us figure out how fast these machines are as the Apple technique of using the old Hz CPU power ratings to deem performance is so obsolete, it is hard to figure out what they are selling. And what about a real engineer looking to see if they made any improvements in heat management after several models overheating in the last year or so. Tell us something we don't know, or do what Berlind did by giving away hardware for evaluation to keep. Yeah. I like that idea.

    I realize that reviewing Hardware on the Hardware blog of ZDNet is a new activity (kudos for a few you have recently done where you try to do it Tom's Hardware style with SOFTWARE (Vista 64 v Vista 32 bit series). But I find your lack of interest in actually reviewing hardware on he hardware blog kind of weird.