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Apple Refreshes 13″ Macbook Line

Posted in Apple, Mac by Elliott Back on October 14th, 2008.

Today Apple refreshed its Macbook Pro line with twin nVidia 9400M / 9600M GT GPUs, a glossy LED-backlit glass screen, the new multi-touch glass trackpad, and a slimmer .95″ thickness. The aluminum Macbook Pro body has been enhanced using Apple’s “precision aluminum unibody enclosure” design.

New Macbook 13"

The regular consumer Macbook line has also been upgraded almost enough that even Apple’s own comparison charts show few differences between the inexpensive Macbooks ($999-$1599) and the Macbook Pros ($1999-$2799). For example, comparing the best 15″ Macbook Pro with the 13″ Macbook, I find little to distinguish it:

2.53GHz MacBook Pro (MB134LL/A) – $2,499
2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 6MB L2 cache, 1066MHz System Bus
4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 memory
320GB 5400 rpm HDD
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M graphics processor, 512MB GDDR3 memory

2.4GHz Macbook (MB467LL/A) – $1,599.00
2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3MB L2 cache, 1066MHz System Bus
2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, 256MB GDDR3 memory

When would you buy a Macbook Pro now? The $1,000 premium gets you a slightly bigger screen, another $50 worth of memory, a slightly bigger hard drive, and a much faster graphics card. For most people, the Macbook is the new Macbook Pro.

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2 Responses to “Apple Refreshes 13″ Macbook Line”

  1. Elliott Back says:

    Mike, it’s also got a crappier 9400M that you have to log off to switch to/from. You can’t use both at once. So what’s the point?

  2. Mike says:

    Erm, fyi, the new Macbook Pro has TWO graphic cards.

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