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Also introduced today were two Apple laptops, the new MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro. Both new laptops are housed in an all-metal enclosures and feature a stylish new glass surface trackpad that has no buttons, but relays on tapping only. We already knew about the new multi-touch trackpad from previous news so it comes as no big surprise to everyone.




The new MacBook, which serves the role of an entry level laptop, comes with a 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for 1280 by 800 native resolution and millions of colors. It also relies on a 2.0GHz or 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache, 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM upgradable to 4GB, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256MB DDR3, a 160GB 5400-rpm SATA HDD (optional 250GB or 320GB 5400-rpm HDD or 128GB SSD), and a 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW). Peripherals include a built-in iSight camera, Wi-Fi network, 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, built-in speakers, a Mini DisplayPort and two USB 2.0 ports. Apple ships the new MacBook with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and some third party software installed. Start price for this model is $1,299.00.


The MacBook Pro boasts bigger 15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with native resolution of 1440x900 pixels. Processor choices include one base 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo model with 3MB L2 cache or 2.53GHz or 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache. Going on with the specs, the new MacBook Pro can ship with either 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) or 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, that's also the maximum installable memory. Graphics options are two here, and they include only NVIDIA cards again. You can choose from a NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with dual-link DVI support or a GeForce 9400M with 256MB DDR3 memory. If you choose the 9600M in a 2.4GHz configuration it will ship with 256MB of DDR3 memory. If you choose the MacBook Pro with a 2.8GHz Intel CPU and 9600M, the video card will come with a 512MB of DDR3 memory. For storage and optical drives MacBook Pro offers a 250GB or 320GB 5400-rpm SATA HDDs or option 250GB/320GB 7200-rpm HDD and even a 128GB SSD if you have enough cash. A standard 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) is also included. MacBook Pro features the same peripherals as the new MacBook above. There's only one difference, the Pro version adds a backlit keyboard. Apple ships this models with a Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and additional software also. Starting price for this models is $1,999.00.

Both laptops claim to offer up to 5 hours of battery time without recharging.

For more information on the new MacBook, please click here.

For More information on the new MacBook Pro, please click here.

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I've been keeping my eyes on this release/update for a while. TBH, I'm a bit disappointed, and dont see a huge impression over the current range. While there are pluses, and Apple have done a phenominal job of extending "gesture" to the standard trackpad design, there are minuses, esp.

1./ that glass ultrareflective screen. Having worked with a Xerox glass front TFT 2 years ago... which LOOKED amazing... in practice was awful. Here is the xerox:

We bought two of these for the office. After an initial WOW, after 6 weeks we sold them and replaced them with matte screen TFTs. Consumer designism over function (TM). Apple.

2./ The weight. At over 2kg I really dont see that this product is keeping up with the market. Ultraportables and nettops are what we want, and 2kg requires a weightlifter to carry around from office to office and airport to airport. Where is the Apple iLite? 12.1" 1400x900 and 1.4kg?

I was SO NEARLY an apple convert. We are due a laptop refresh in the office, and have been considering the MacBooks but PC ultraportables are IMO a more interesting purchase. We waited until today to decide "Yes, lets switch". But now, we all agree, the SONY TT, or other ultra is the way to go.
 
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Although I hate Apple, I'll admit they do make the best looking laptops.
 

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Although I hate Apple, I'll admit they do make the best looking laptops.

never hate what you have not tried ;)

Maybe you have tried them. But once you know, you know apple
 

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I must admit, very clever design. I like it, but I would NEVER buy an apple.
 
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Yeah not much more than the last gen, I thought they were moving to 1333mhz fsb. 1066mem is nice though, and I guess the flashy stuff is cool. Graphics are ok, still overpriced, I guess some things never change......
 
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The new Macbooks are sweet. My parents have been thinking about getting another laptop and I'm guessing it is about time. There really is no need to hate just use what you want and what you can afford.
 

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Why does Apple not consider cooling when they build their computers?
 
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As I said in another thread, the black keyboard and black surround is ugly.
 
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I must say, if i ever decide to buy a laptop for college, it will be a mac, plus im getting an iPhone so i can sync everything up. They just look stunning IMO.
 

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Why does Apple not consider cooling when they build their computers?
Well, considering it's all aluminum, and going by my previous experience with Macs, I'm guessing the chassis itself is one giant heatsink.
 

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Has anyone ever been able to read the temperature of the CPU under load in a MacBook? I see read idle temps of 65C and load temps in excess of 100C. Apple is full of designers and not engineers or the engineers are simply ignored. :|

I wonder if anyone did a study on the average life span of a MacBook. When they run at temps like that, they can't last long.
 

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Has anyone ever been able to read the temperature of the CPU under load in a MacBook? I see read idle temps of 65C and load temps in excess of 100C. Apple is full of designers and not engineers or the engineers are simply ignored. :|

I wonder if anyone did a study on the average life span of a MacBook. When they run at temps like that, they can't last long.

Well, on my macbookpro, the max temp I've seen is around 62 degC. Hence investing in a laptop cooler. No need to cook the little fellas.;)
 

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Has anyone ever been able to read the temperature of the CPU under load in a MacBook? I see read idle temps of 65C and load temps in excess of 100C. Apple is full of designers and not engineers or the engineers are simply ignored. :|

I wonder if anyone did a study on the average life span of a MacBook. When they run at temps like that, they can't last long.

I believe those temps you are referring to were laptops that slipped thru QC with entirely too much TIM on the cpu. There was a big to do about it when that happened. It's not the norm.
 

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I just ordered the 13 inch macbook (2.4GHz variant). Apple decided to remove the backlighting keyboard from the 2GHz version, with no possibilty of upgrade. So I went straight for the other one. Getting a free ipod nano for back to school is nice as well.

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Well, considering it's all aluminum, and going by my previous experience with Macs, I'm guessing the chassis itself is one giant heatsink.

:laugh:

Has anyone ever been able to read the temperature of the CPU under load in a MacBook? I see read idle temps of 65C and load temps in excess of 100C. Apple is full of designers and not engineers or the engineers are simply ignored. :|

I wonder if anyone did a study on the average life span of a MacBook. When they run at temps like that, they can't last long.

I know someone who has one, and what they report is pretty much similiar -- a load temp somewhere around the high 80's. I was like, wow. That's unnecessarily hot.
 

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I just ordered the 13 inch macbook (2.4GHz variant). Apple decided to remove the backlighting keyboard from the 2GHz version, with no possibilty of upgrade. So I went straight for the other one. Getting a free ipod nano for back to school is nice as well.

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Nice! Please let us know how you like it once you've spent some time on it! :toast:
 
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I just ordered the 13 inch macbook (2.4GHz variant). Apple decided to remove the backlighting keyboard from the 2GHz version, with no possibilty of upgrade. So I went straight for the other one. Getting a free ipod nano for back to school is nice as well.
1./ Thanks for the info about the backlighting. I didnt see that. Is it hidden somewhere in the spec sheet?

2./ How did you get the free ipod? Is that a US deal, or did you get that in Austria? (EU)
 

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1./ Thanks for the info about the backlighting. I didnt see that. Is it hidden somewhere in the spec sheet?

2./ How did you get the free ipod? Is that a US deal, or did you get that in Austria? (EU)

Yes it is ^^ check the keyboard type when ordering. the more expensive version mentions backlight, the cheaper one does not. ;)

I think you can get it at the US site too. basically need to pay the ipod up front and then get the money back from apple (mail-in rebate). they tend to honor these rebates, that that is not a problem.

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Ah yes, i see it now in the shop. You add BOTH laptops to the shopping cart. Look in the cart. See the descriptions, and on the 2.4 version is "backlit" and on the 2.0 verion is just "keyboard". Well spotted.

I checked the German site. Beleuchtete Tastatur (backlit) or just Tastatur.

I didnt see any free ipods or rebates on the UK or German site. :(
 

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I know someone who has one, and what they report is pretty much similiar -- a load temp somewhere around the high 80's. I was like, wow. That's unnecessarily hot.

My 2GHz Core2 ZT notebook (rebranded MSI) loads in the 80's, and it does have vents and fans.
 

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Well, considering it's all aluminum, and going by my previous experience with Macs, I'm guessing the chassis itself is one giant heatsink.

Those all-aluminum Lian Li / Silverstone cases, are they worth it, in regard to cooling?
 

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So this is a Montevina refreshed macbook. Good stuff.....This should also be able to support the quad in the future. I am surprised that is not an option already.

My Gateway 7811 cpu idles around 30, loads around 55ish...the gpu idles around 40, and loads around 80.
 
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Those all-aluminum Lian Li / Silverstone cases, are they worth it, in regard to cooling?

Not in terms of cooling, not significantly.

The only reason I say the MacBooks might benefit from the aluminum enclosure is because some of the smaller Macs I've taken apart actually have heatpipes coming from the cpu, connected to the chassis.
 
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My 2GHz Core2 ZT notebook (rebranded MSI) loads in the 80's, and it does have vents and fans.

Guess it all depends on the manufacturer (or the size of the notebook) -- I've got a Dell Studio 15 with a 2GHz Core2 that loads in the 60's. What size is yours? Do you manually control your fans?
 
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