Apple unveils $1,099 MacBook


— 1:54 PM on May 16, 2006

As expected, Apple has finally completed its move to Intel processors on the mobile front by introducing an iBook successor dubbed the MacBook. The system features a 13.3" glossy wide-screen display with a 1280x800 resolution, a choice of either 1.83 GHz or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processors, up to 2 GB of DDR2-667 RAM, Intel GMA 950 graphics, and a 60 GB 5,400 RPM hard drive expandable to 80 GB, 100 GB, or 120 GB. Like the more expensive MacBook Pros, the MacBook also features a built-in iSight camera, MagSafe power adapter, Apple remote, and bundled iLife and Front Row applications. The machine's design appears to borrow heavily from the iPod, and the 2.0 GHz model is even available in either black or white. MacBooks start at $1,099—$100 more than the original 12" iBook—and go up to $1,499 for the black version with the 2.0 GHz Core Duo chip.

To complement the introduction of the new MacBooks, Apple has also beefed up its MacBook Pro line with faster processors. The base $1,999 15" MacBook Pro now features a 2.0 GHz Core Duo processor, up from 1.83 GHz, and the pricier $2,499 version has been bumped up from 2.0 GHz to 2.16 GHz. All new MacBooks and updated MacBook Pros are available right now, with the Apple Store quoting a delivery time of one to five days for the MacBooks and between 24 hours and seven days for the MacBook Pros.

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