new MacBook family redefines notebook design

MacBook Family
Apple today unveiled redesigned MacBook, MacBook Pro and updated MacBook Air. The new MacBook family dratically lowers the entry price for advanced notebook features including all-metal enclosures and pro-performance notebook graphics by $700 to make them far more affordable. The new MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro both have a precision unibody enclosure crafted from a single block of aluminum, resulting in thinner, more durable and incredibly beautiful designs. In addition, every member of the new MacBook family includes state of the art NVIDIA graphics, brilliant instant-on LED-backlit displays and new large glass Multi-Touch™ trackpads that offer almost 40 percent more tracking area and support more Multi-Touch gestures.

The main features of the new MacBook family include: new powerful integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphic card (and for MacBook Pro, an additional NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with dual-link DVI support, up to 512MB of GDDR3 memory that can be easily switched to), energy efficient instant-on LED-backlit displays, new large glass Multi-Touch trackpads that offer almost 40 percent more tracking area and support more Multi-Touch gestures.

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The new MacBook line features the powerful new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. The MacBook and MacBook Air will deliver up to five times the power over the previous models.

For MacBook users would also receive features that never available on MacBook before, including all metal enclosure, high performance 3D graphics, LED-backlit displays.


Apple Store
The 13-inch aluminum MacBook, for a suggested retail price of US$1,299 for 2.0GHz model or US$1,599 for 2.4GHz model., includes:


  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache; (or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;)
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 160GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor; (or 250GB serial ATA hard drive for 2.4GHz)
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.


Apple Store
The 15-inch aluminum MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of US$1,999 (for 2.4GHz model) or US$2,400 (for 2.53GHz model), includes:


  • 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache; (or 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;)
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB; (or 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 video memory; (or NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;)
  • 250GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor; (or 320GB for 2.53GHz model)
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire® 800 port;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB solid state drive.

The 2.5GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of US$2,799, includes:


  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200 glossy display;
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 512MB with GDDR3 video memory;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • DVI output port for video output (VGA adapter included);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • three USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB solid state drive, anti-glare display.

The 1.6 GHz MacBook Air, for a suggested retail price of US$1,799 (for 1.6GHz model) or US$2,499 (for 1.86GHz model), includes:


  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit high resolution 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache; (or 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;)
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 120GB serial ATA hard drive running at 4200 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor; (or 128GB solid state drive for 1.86GHz model)
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • one USB 2.0 port;
  • one headphone port;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The entire new MacBook family meets stringent Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Gold and RoHS environmental standards, and leads the industry in the elimination of toxic chemicals by containing no brominated flame retardants, using only PVC-free internal cables and components, and using energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass.

The new MacBook, 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro are now shipping now. The new MacBook Air will be available in early November.

For more detail about MacBook family please refer to MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro web pages.

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