Close-up Apple MacBook photos (keyboard, glossy screen, and more)

“Apple Computer on Tuesday unveiled its newly designed MacBook consumer notebook, which features Intel Core Duo processors and a new 13-inch glossy widescreen display, elegantly wrapped in a sleek industrial design reminiscent of the company’s existing professional line of MacBook Pro notebooks. Together with the 15-and 17-inch MacBook Pros, the new MacBook completes Apple’s Intel-based portables lineup replacing both the iBook and the 12-inch PowerBook,” AppleInsider reports.

“A tipster who swung by an Apple retail store in Chicago was able to snap some of the first detailed photos of the black high-end model. The images show close-ups of the notebook’s glossy widescreen display, keyboard, built-in iSight, track pad, infrared port and completely magnetic latching system,” AppleInsider reports.

Full article with photos here.

MacDailyNews Take: What do you think about that keyboard? Apple states on their website, “MacBook features a unique new keyboard design that sits flush against the bed for a sleeker, lower profile. Plus, you’ll find a firmer touch when typing. That ought to make your fingers happy.”

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  1. I like that MacBook. Can’t beat the price. Two years ago, I paid a lot for a 14″ iBook with specs that weren’t as high. This one is feature complete. Next Mac might be MacBook, in white, unless they make a cheaper black one, then it will be black. Ah, the black is back.

  2. Let’s count the ceiling lights in the store.
    If the camera had been closer, we could tell what brand camera it was… and maybe identify the photographer.

    Glossy screen… Arghhhhh!

    There’s a point where style gets in the way of functionality. I believe Apple has gone past it.

    I was hoping for a new replacement for my iBook. It’s not going to be this. Guess I’ll have to give up on the convenience of small and go with a 15″ Pro version.

  3. Yes, the glare might be a deal killer. I’ve never seen a glossy screen I really liked. Sony started that stuff, calling it XBrite. I rather have anti-glare, but consumer like the glossy thing. People will switch because of the gloss, believe me. As I will be using the MacBook mostly at home and occasionally to work, glossy might still work for me.

  4. I’ve heard several people say “my next laptop will have a glossy screen. If apple doesn’t make one I just won’t get a mac” I have no idea why they say that, I’m not going to buy one until they get rid of the glossy screen. Maybe they’re hoping that all of us who know what crap the gloss is will upgrade the the powerbook. (i’m trying to keep the old names. mac book pro sucks)

    There is still a space where things can fall into to. The keys are flat plastic over holes in the other plastic layer. Let’s hope dust and hair and whatnot doesn’t pile up in there.

  5. the black macbook so ugly. it really does look 10 years old already. And the thick one inch of black around the screen is awful. What’s up with that? The white one is much nicer – but still too thick of a border around the monitor.

  6. RE: glossy screens

    I think the issue with glossy screens is that you can make the numbers on the spec sheet look good:

    Brightness? Better
    Black Density? Better
    Contrast? Better
    Colour Saturation? Better

    Since there is no simple Figure of Merit to describe glare, the marketers win on this one.

    And we get screens that you can’t use in a typical office.

    I’m gonna get one, anyway. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Last weekend I watched a movie on a PC laptop with a friend.
    It had a glossy screen.
    It was AWFUL!

    I thought, typical PC design… Apple would never do that.

    All I could see during the dark bits of the film was the patterns on the wall behind us. Awful.

    For the rest I like the new iBooks… but let us be able to choose mat, please.

  8. Dude, that new keyboard is incredible. It makes my MacBook Pro keyboard look clunky and outdated! The pure magnetic latch is really awesome too. I can’t wait for MacBook Pros to get those features.

  9. The new keyboard looks like it takes into consideration the screen markings that the previous generation of PowerBooks and iBooks got from their keyboards.

    Will have to try one out to see how it feels.

    The new mag latch is a great idea. Apple’s ID team just keeps distilling the laptop to the essentials, very clean, very elegant, unlike the arbitrary swoops and textures of the also-rans that just clutter the look of theirs.

    It’s interesting to note the pairs of screws on the left and right sides of the MacBook which are more in line with the construction of the 12″ Al PowerBook than the polycarbonate iBooks.

    It’ll be interesting to see the next interation of the MacBook Pros, which MacBook design features will be incorporated into them. The sunken keyboard, magnetic latches.

    Remember how the single drop hinge debuted on the white iBooks before making into the “pro” line redesign of the Al PowerBooks (doing away with the flimsy Ti hinge design).

    Kudos to Johnny Ives and his crew.

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