Apple outfits MacBooks with faster processors

— 11:34 AM on May 15, 2007

In the wake of Intel's Santa Rosa platform launch, Apple has gone ahead and given its MacBook laptops a speed bump. Instead of a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, the $1,099 MacBook now sports a 2GHz Core 2 Duo. As for the $1,299 and $1,499 MacBooks, those models now feature 2.16GHz Core 2 Duos instead of the 2GHz chip sthey had before. However, judging by the specifications on Apple's site, the upgraded MacBooks appear to still be based on the old "Napa Refresh" platform. That means unlike the new Lenovo ThinkPad R61 or HP Pavillon dv2500t, for instance, the new MacBooks lack 800MHz front-side bus speeds, Intel 965 Express chipsets, and Intel GMA X3100 graphics. The MacBooks' Airport Extreme card does grant them support for 802.11n Wi-Fi, though.

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