Apple Revamps Its Stylish MacBook Lineup

Today Apple updated its MacBook and MacBook Pro lineups with Intel’s Penryn processors, while bringing Multi-Touch trackpads to MacBook Pros.

The MacBook Pro is available with Core 2 Duo (Penryn) processors at up to 2.6GHz and up to 6MB of cache memory. Storage options have been revised to include up to a 300GB hard drive. In addition, Apple has added Nvidia’s GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with up to 512MB of video memory. The 17-inch model now gives you the option to upgrade the LCD to an LED-backlit unit for $100. That feature is still standard on the smaller 15-inch model.

The MacBook Pro will also now include the Multi-Touch trackpad, first introduced with the MacBook Air. The trackpad lets users rotate photos and browse Web pages using gestures such as “pinch, rotate, and swipe”.

A MacBook Pro with a 15-inch display, 2.4GHz processor, 3MB of L2 cache, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB, and a 200GB hard disk lists for $1,999. The 17-inch model, with a 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo chip, 6MB of L2 cache, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB, and a 250GB hard drive is priced at $2,799, Apple said.

The MacBook doesn’t include the Multi-Touch trackpad, but the prices of the three baseline models remain the same while the configurations get CPU and hard-drive upgrades. The $1,299 and $1,499 models now come standard with 2GB of RAM. Previously, doubling the standard 1GB of RAM set you back an additional $150. The $1,099 MacBook includes a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo (Penryn) processor, 1GB of memory, and a 120GB hard drive (up from 80GB). The $1,299 model gives you a 2.4GHz chip, 2GB of memory, and a 160GB drive (up from 120GB). The $1,499 black model now comes with a 250GB drive (up from 160GB).

Apple also released today OS X firmware update 1.1.4 for the iPhone, saying very little about the new features. It’s now available for download and installation through iTunes.

Today Apple captured the spotlight with revamped laptops and improved firmware for its revolutionary iPhone and iPod Touch.

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