Price Ranges

By Daniel Drew Turner  |  Posted 2008-02-26 Print this article Print

As for third-party access to this, Nayar said that right now Apple is focusing on its own applications, and nothing has been talked about with respect to developers yet.

Prices range from $1,999 for the base 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared cache, 2GB of RAM, a 200GB 5400-rpm hard drive, a SuperDrive and the 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT video card. The midrange 15-inch model boosts the CPU to 2.5GHz with 6MB of shared cache, the hard drive to 250GB and the video card to 512MB for $2,499.

The 17-inch model comes in at $2,799, sporting a 1680 by 1050 pixel display. A $100 option boosts the display to 1920 by 1200 pixels with an LED backlight.

All models will be available with either a glossy or matte screen.

The MacBook family, which Benjamin called "our most popular Mac", also moves to the Penryn processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache across the line.

Benjamin said the new MacBooks were tested with Apple's iLife software suite (included with the laptops). Compared to the original MacBook, released in the spring of 2006, the new models perform "up to 58 percent faster," said Benjamin. This is despite no change in the GPU, which uses shared system, rather than dedicated, memory.

The base $1,099 MacBook configuration comes with a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of RAM and a 120GB 5400 rpm hard drive. The next model boosts the CPU to 2.4GHZ, the RAM to 2GB and the hard drive to 160GB, for $1,299. The top MacBook, in black, ups the hard drive to 250GB and costs $1,499. All feature glossy displays

"We're finding users have huge media libraries" of music, photos and video, said Benjamin.

All models are available today at Apple's online store.

These updates have been long anticipated, but ironically, they could make the newly revealed MacBook Air even a tougher sell, as these updates increase the performance delta between Air and the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Still, none of the new models gain the slim-line design changes of the MacBook Air, which has been its top selling point.


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