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Apple updates MacBook & MacBook Pro notebooks


macbook-pro.jpgApple quietly updated the MacBook and the MacBook Pro today. Here are the deets:

MacBook

  • The clock speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors got a small bump: 2.0 -> 2.0Ghz and 2.16 -> 2.2Ghz
  • The architecture has been upgraded to Santa Rosa (finally!), which provides an 800Mhz front side bus (compared to the older 667Mhz front side bus)
  • Upgraded the Intel graphics card to the Intel GMA X3100 w/144MB of DDR2 SDRAM

MacBook Pro

  • Option to upgrade the 2.4Ghz processor –> 2.6Ghz
  • Option to upgrade the hard drive to 250GB SATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • Option to upgrade from 160GB (5400 rpm) to 200GB SATA drive @ 7200 rpm (previously, 160GB was the only option if you wanted a 7200 rpm SATA drive)

One thing to keep in mind: this is NOT the MacBook Pro processor upgrade that we are hoping to see in January 2008 – i.e., the upgrade to Intel’s Penryn processor.

The Penryn processor will provide 6MB of L2 cache vs. 4MB L2 cache and reduced from 65nm –> 45nm (this means a bit faster and will run a bit cooler). So, if you were waiting for that, keep waiting…like me.

[via AppleInsider]

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Filed under: Apple, Computers, Laptop, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Notebook

2 Responses

  1. indifferent says:

    if the new MacBook Pro isn’t in par with the Sony Vaio VGN-AR51SU then it won’t really be worth buying ..
    thats to say, it should include a Blu-ray drive and a 1080 screen as standard.

    both machines have a similar price tag, the sony one might be slightly cheaper depending where you get it from. currenly, even though they have the same price tag, the vaio has way better features.

    hope apple don’t disappoint with the next update. :/

    though to tell you the truth, am not expecting much…

  2. koolio says:

    I don’t think Apple will add Blu-ray (BD) or HD-DVD to their laptops in the near future. In fact, Apple officially supports BD so unless if HD-DVD wins the format war, we won’t see it in Apple’s products.

    BD/HD-DVD is not a deciding factor for me…right now, I’m only interested in them for my home theater not on my laptop.

    Regarding comparing the MBP to the Sony Vaio, don’t forget with the Vaio, you’ll have to deal with Windows…Vista (ugh) but you’ll get Leopard with a new MBP. 😉

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