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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 7:37 am    Post subject: Apple Unveils MacBook Reply with quote

Apple Unveils MacBook
Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Apple today unveiled the newly designed MacBook, its new consumer notebook featuring the Intel Core Duo processor and 13-inch glossy widescreen display, all in a sleek design that is up to five times faster than the iBook and up to four times faster than the 12-inch PowerBook. Together with the 15-and 17-inch MacBook Pros, the new MacBook completes Apple's Intel-based portables lineup and replaces both the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook. Apple's entire portables lineup now offers Intel Core Duo processors; a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go; breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote; and several advanced features including DVI with dual display support, optical digital audio input and output, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor, Scrolling TrackPad and MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of US$1,099, includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
- 667 MHz front-side bus
- 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
- 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
- a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
- built-in iSight video camera
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
- Scrolling TrackPad
- Infrared Apple Remote
- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299, includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
- 667 MHz front-side bus
- 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
- 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
- a slot-load SuperDrive(TM) (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
- built-in iSight video camera
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
- Scrolling TrackPad
- Infrared Apple Remote
- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499, includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
- 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor
- 667 MHz front-side bus
- 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
- 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
- a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
- built-in iSight video camera
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
- one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
- Scrolling TrackPad
- Infrared Apple Remote
- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter



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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics with 64 MB shared graphics memory = my 12" PowerBook didn't drop too much in value, at least for some potential buyers. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sooo getting the black one! A nice replacement to my Pismo. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCoaster wrote:
I'm sooo getting the black one! A nice replacement to my Pismo. Very Happy



It's sort or a rip paying $100 more for black. I wish they would have offered a less expensive black model.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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RCoaster wrote:
I'm sooo getting the black one! A nice replacement to my Pismo. Very Happy



It's sort or a rip paying $100 more for black. I wish they would have offered a less expensive black model.


I just priced out the black model with 1GB RAM and 100GB hard drive and it came to $1699 + tax. At that price, I'm more tempted to buy a MacBook Pro on Amazon for 2K minus a $150 rebate. Bigger screen and dedicated graphics = more fun! The black looks really cool though.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 9:27 am    Post subject: Glossy screen - BAD! Reply with quote

My biggest disappointment is the glossy screen. Unless you compute in the dark, there will be glare on the screen - often a lot of glare. I have a PC laptop with a glossy screen that I was hoping to replace with a Mac laptop. There is no way I'm buying a glossy screen laptop again. I'll get an iMac or Mac Mini instead
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: Glossy screen - BAD! Reply with quote

gkterry wrote:
My biggest disappointment is the glossy screen. Unless you compute in the dark, there will be glare on the screen - often a lot of glare. I have a PC laptop with a glossy screen that I was hoping to replace with a Mac laptop. There is no way I'm buying a glossy screen laptop again. I'll get an iMac or Mac Mini instead


I know exactly what you are talking about. I almost bought a VAIO FS until I saw the glossy screen in person. Sony calls their glossy screens XBRITE, but they are very distracting in the light. I saw more of my face on the screen than the OS itself. I might go down to the Apple store and check them in person before making up my mind. The entry-level MacBook is starting to tempt me a little. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scooper wrote:
It's sort or a rip paying $100 more for black. I wish they would have offered a less expensive black model.



Try $200! Wink You also get an 80GB hard drive for extra $200, which is worth $50 as BTO option. So in all reality, you are being charged $150 for the black plastic.


I almost bit for the 1.83Ghz model, but then decided to give it a few days. I really think the 1.83Ghz Core Duo processor is going to be good for my needs and I need another DVD burner like a hole in the head. Guess I'll wait for the reviews to start coming in.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: Glossy screen - BAD! Reply with quote

gkterry wrote:
My biggest disappointment is the glossy screen. Unless you compute in the dark, there will be glare on the screen - often a lot of glare. I have a PC laptop with a glossy screen that I was hoping to replace with a Mac laptop. There is no way I'm buying a glossy screen laptop again. I'll get an iMac or Mac Mini instead


The glossy screen is optionnal for the MacBook Pro. I don't see it as an option for the MacBook. Strange.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 10:56 am    Post subject: Glossy screen?!?!?! Reply with quote

I totally agree with everyone on the glossy screen. I can't for the life of me imagine why computer manufacturers are changing to glossy coated screens, which make it difficult if not impossible to see what you're working on in any room with ceiling light sources - most workplaces, coffee shops, airports - virtually anywhere you'd need portability!

Can anyone explain to me why the computer industry thinks these glossy screens are a good idea?!?!?!
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Glossy screen?!?!?! Reply with quote

tvanbruggen wrote:
I totally agree with everyone on the glossy screen. I can't for the life of me imagine why computer manufacturers are changing to glossy coated screens, which make it difficult if not impossible to see what you're working on in any room with ceiling light sources - most workplaces, coffee shops, airports - virtually anywhere you'd need portability!

Can anyone explain to me why the computer industry thinks these glossy screens are a good idea?!?!?!


Cheaper maybe Confused
I know i don't like them.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 11:05 am    Post subject: Re: Glossy screen?!?!?! Reply with quote

tvanbruggen wrote:
Can anyone explain to me why the computer industry thinks these glossy screens are a good idea?!?!?!


They improve colors and contrast for photos, movies, etc. I think one vs. the other is a personal preference, and it would have been nice if the MacBook would have had the same option for choice of screen as the MacBook Pro does.

That said, I suspect that it's another way to differentiate the products and induce upgrading to Pro models. I'd also guess that 95% of the target audience for the MacBook is only going to notice the pretty colors and not the details of the drawbacks.

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Real world pictures of a black one.
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Real world pictures of a black one.


The keyboard reminds me of the MC-10.
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Yvan256 wrote:
MC-10.


Your post should come with a disclaimer. Scary flashback time. I thought I'd left the Trash 80 far behind me.

Although, on second thought, it certainly was portable.

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