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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:50 am    Post subject: Apple Releases New Core 2 Duo MacBooks Reply with quote

Apple Releases New Core 2 Duo MacBooks
Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Apple today unveiled its new line of MacBook consumer notebooks that now include Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Just one-inch thin, the new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than the previous generation and feature a built-in iSight video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife ‘06, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

“MacBook has helped drive Apple’s notebook market share to over 10 percent in US retail, and the new MacBooks will be among this holiday season’s most exciting new products,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the entire line, these new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than their predecessors.”

With prices starting at just $1,099, the new MacBook lineup includes three models: sleek white 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook models, and a stunning black 2.0 GHz MacBook model. With Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processors, the new MacBook is up to 25 percent faster than the previous MacBook and up to six times faster than the iBook®, making it even easier for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital content with iLife ‘06.* Consumers will also benefit from the added power in the new 2.0 GHz models, including double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a double-layer SuperDrive™ for burning professional-quality DVDs.

The 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099 (US), includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
- 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 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;
- the infrared Apple Remote; and
- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US), includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
- 667 MHz front-side bus;
- 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
- 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/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;
- the infrared Apple Remote; and
- 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:
- 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness;
- 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
- 667 MHz front-side bus;
- 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB;
- 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/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;
- the infrared Apple Remote; and
-60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pros:
- Intel Core 2 Duo in the Macbook

Cons:
- Still uses the Intel GMA950

I guess it's gonna be GMA950 for the Core 2 Duo Mac mini update too.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what the last Mac mini update should have looked like. C2Ds, more memory and bigger hard drives. Come on Apple, I want to buy a headless desktop from you! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice update! I wonder why the store is still down? More goodies? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:
This is what the last Mac mini update should have looked like. C2Ds, more memory and bigger hard drives. Come on Apple, I want to buy a headless desktop from you! Rolling Eyes


I would rather have an upgraded video card than the Core 2 Duo at this point. But hopefully they will do both to the Mac mini at Macworld. I would also like to wait for Leopard and iLife 07. I might actually consider trading up for one of those models.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually just ordered 5 minis last week, so I'm "glad" to see they didn't get updated today. *S* In fact, I was about to check my order status to see what was taking so long but the store is STILL down. I don't ever remember it taking this long . . . I wonder what's up?
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Texark wrote:
I wonder why the store is still down?

That does seem a little strange. Maybe they're having some technical issues. Confused

scooper wrote:
I would rather have an upgraded video card than the Core 2 Duo at this point. But hopefully they will do both to the Mac mini at Macworld. I would also like to wait for Leopard and iLife 07. I might actually consider trading up for one of those models.


That's pretty much my plan. I'm just getting impatient!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice update for the MacBooks. It's also good to see Apple making 1GB of RAM standard in more Macs. 512MB just isn't sufficient anymore. I don't have any interest in buying one though. The screens are just too small for my liking. I'm not that crazy about the keyboards either. They feel solid, but the keys are just too flat. I would be all over a MBP if they cost $250 less.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, I'm pretty sure this is what any Mac Mini update will be like. I'm probably going to snag a refurb Mini once they update them for the living room.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:02 pm    Post subject: 25% ain't Sh*t... Reply with quote

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I actually just ordered 5 minis last week, so I'm "glad" to see they didn't get updated today.


I heard the Core Duo's are actually faster than the C2D's in certain situations.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also note the dual-layer DVD burner... previous MacBooks were only single-layer.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 25% ain't Sh*t... Reply with quote

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I actually just ordered 5 minis last week, so I'm "glad" to see they didn't get updated today.


I heard the Core Duo's are actually faster than the C2D's in certain situations.


Nothing is impossible and some benchmark might show this, but having gone from a Core Duo mini to a Core 2 Duo iMac I can assure you that in actual usage it simply isn't true.
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MacWaffler wrote:
Nothing is impossible and some benchmark might show this, but having gone from a Core Duo mini to a Core 2 Duo iMac I can assure you that in actual usage it simply isn't true.


That's probably true, but there are other factors in play. Plus, the clock speeds are different. I think the iMac and MacBook Pro benchmarks from CD to C2D have basically shown a modest 10% gain. I'm not sure how that relates in normal daily use, but I have a feeling that it's not earth shattering. I think 64-bit factor is probably more important going forward. It's hard telling what, if anything, that will mean in Leopard.
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devo wrote:
MacWaffler wrote:
Nothing is impossible and some benchmark might show this, but having gone from a Core Duo mini to a Core 2 Duo iMac I can assure you that in actual usage it simply isn't true.


That's probably true, but there are other factors in play. Plus, the clock speeds are different. I think the iMac and MacBook Pro benchmarks from CD to C2D have basically shown a modest 10% gain. I'm not sure how that relates in normal daily use, but I have a feeling that it's not earth shattering. I think 64-bit factor is probably more important going forward. It's hard telling what, if anything, that will mean in Leopard.


The greatest impact is really disk speed, 7200PRM SATA drives do more for the speed boost than modest chip speed bumps.
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I'm going to be the proud owner of three Macs. I ordered me up a 1.83GHz MacBook. Very Happy
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