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Apple intros new and cheaper MacBooks

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Mon June 8, 2009

MacBooks at WWDC

In an unusual turn for WWDC, Apple has announced a new 15-inch MacBook Pro. While similar to the existing unibody model, the notebook now has a sealed battery with seven hours of runtime, capable of lasting five years, or 1,000 recharge cycles. The display is said to produce more vivid colors, but the ExpressCard slot is being replaced with the SD format, due to the proliferation of digital cameras. Configuration options run up to a 3GHz Core 2 Duo with 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

The new Pro should be available today, beginning at prices of $1,699, which includes a 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and GeForce 9600M video. The mid-range model boosts figures to include a 2.66GHz CPU, a 320GB drive and a GeForce 9600M GT video card, and is now $300 less than before at $2,299. The 17-inch Pro has also dropped $300 to reach $2,499, and is unique in retaining its ExpressCard slot.

Apple has also radically reorganized its MacBook line, making a 13-inch, $1,199 system a part of the Pro series. A base configuration incorporates a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM, 9400M video and a 160GB hard drive, as well as a backlit keyboard and connections for SD cards and FireWire 800 devices. As with the new 15-inch system, display colors should be more vivid, and battery life now extends to seven hours. All basic MacBooks are being discontinued with the exception of the white plastic model, which was recently updated.

The entry-level MacBook Air is now $1,499 instead of $1,799, with CPU speed starting at 1.8GHz. A $1,799 Air adds the SSD drive.



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  1. infowarrior

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    Joined: Mar 2001

    -5

    rule me out


    Sealed battery on a notebook computer? Automatic deal-breaker for me .... sorry, but I'm ok with a non-removable battery for a gadget like an iPhone or iPod (the former I don't own btw) for a laptop? That's a serious architectural mistake in my view -- no matter how many recharges or "years" it may offer before needing replacement.

  1. 11211

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +2

    woohoo!

    new macbook sounds amazing. fw 800 and a great price. i really want one.
    i had almost given up on apple after the first gen unibodys only had usb2. i now pity the suckers that bought those.

  1. 11211

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    -6

    woohoo!

    new macbook sounds amazing. fw 800 and a great price. i really want one.

    i had almost given up on apple after the first gen unibodys only had usb2. i now pity the suckers that bought those.

  1. anthology123

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2000

    -4

    no surprise

    no blu-ray player mentioned, I assume that means there is not one in any of the new models?

  1. csimon2

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    Joined: Aug 2000

    +7

    Re: Sealed battery?

    Well, considering that probably around 90% of laptop purchasers only ever use the single included battery from the original purchase, and that with normal day-to-day use a typical laptop battery can drain to about 25% of its original effectiveness within three years, having a builtin battery that lasts longer with more optimal charges for 5 years is a boon IMHO.

    But, if carrying around an extra pound or two just so you can swap out a battery within 3 hours rather than more effectively using the single batter you have over a 7 hour period is what entices you, then so be it.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jun 2000

    +9

    SD card?

    For a "Pro" laptop? The pro cameras are using CF.

  1. JeffHarris

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +6

    Apple Giveth and Taketh

    FireWire 800 in the 13" (I will now allow the GF to buy one!) and a price drop across the board. Good upgrades all around... sort of.

    Swap and SD card slot for ExpressCard slot? Who does Apple think they're kidding?
    @TheGreatButcher: BINGO! SD ain't Pro!

    So now I have to carry a FireWire CompactFlash card reader and kiss goodbye the possibility of an eSATA card to drive my external hard drives.

    And Still NO MATTE screen option on the supposedly Pro 15"?!?!!?

    I do NOT want a 17-incher!

    What can you say? Apple drives me nuckin' futs sometimes.

  1. tomzo22

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    Joined: Feb 2006

    -1

    wrong as usual

    base 15" has a 9400m card not a 9600m....

  1. tomzo22

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    Joined: Feb 2006

    -4

    wrong as usual

    base 15" has a 9400m card not a 9600m....

  1. jwdsail

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    Joined: Jun 2000

    +2

    ugh

    Apple giveth and Apple taketh away... ugh... Return of FireWire (800) on the 13" MB Pro... but takes away ExpressCard slot form the 15" Pro (and the 13").. FAIL..

    JeffHarris - same problems - eSATA card via ExpressCard slot ... shesh..

    Sealed battery on 15" also a deal-breaker... FAIL

    sigh

    More bad news than good...

    So, I guess Apple is listening.. people have been asking for card slots and allot of us wanted firewire back.. so I guess if we all ask for expresscard slots to return the next version may be something I'd buy???

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