updated 07:20 am EST, Wed January 21, 2009
Plastic MacBook 9400M
Apple has without fanfare updated the white plastic MacBook to use NVIDIA's 9400M platform. The upgrade gives the least expensive portable the same graphics performance as the aluminum model and upgrades the processor to the same 2GHz Core 2 Duo and 1,066MHz system bus as the mid-range version. It also doubles the amount of minimum built-in memory to 2GB.
The revision isn't a complete overhaul of the computer and leaves the system to using 667MHz DDR2 memory instead of the faster 1,066MHz DDR3 for aluminum models. Apple similarly preserves the Mini DVI output instead of Mini DisplayPort and limits its upgrade options for displays to the 20-inch Cinema Display as a result.
A stock plastic MacBook is otherwise the same and comes with a 120GB hard drive, an 8X Superdrive and a standard non-lit keyboard. Options exist to upgrade to as much as 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. The system ships within 4 to 6 days from the online Apple Store.