New successor to the iBook

17 05 2006

The faithful iBook product line, after not being updated in terms of design for quite a while now, with just minor upgrades to the components, has been revamped and renamed to fall in line with the new naming scheme for Apple notebooks – the MacBook.

The new MacBooks are only available in 13″ widescreen glossy displays, for a larger 15″ or 17″ display you will need to go for a MacBook Pro.

Despite their smaller size, the new MacBook comes with a 1.83GHz or 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor and can have up to 2GB of memory, though the default is 512MB.

The standard MacBook also comes with a built in iSight camera, Front Row with the Apple remote, a SuperDrive on the 2GHz model (Combo drive on the 1.83GHz) a 60GB, 100GB or 120GB hard disk drive and 64MB Intel video card. They also have the USB 2.0, Firewire 400, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, Airport and audio connections standard on all new Mac’s.

The screen resolution is 1280×800 which is impressive for such a compact notebook measuring only 2.75cm thin.

These new models of course come with all the usual free software, including Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger”, the new iLife ’06 suite of applications and many more.

Apple have also made this new model available in both the classic Apple White and a new Black along the lines of the new black iPods, perhaps as a sign of something to come in terms of their desktop machines as well. The Black version of the MacBook is only an option with the 2GHz model.

The starting price is also very good for such a powerful notebook at £749. I haven’t seen many other machines which can match the amount of features and the performance for such a price.





2 responses

18 05 2006

I’m def going to get me one, although it might not be until 10.5, depending on how much discount i might be able to get from the Uni!

18 05 2006

Yeah I’m really looking forward to 10.5, hoping there are some serious updates and improvements to combat the Vista launch which may or may not be shortly after…

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