Apple unveils new MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo; up to 25-percent faster

Apple today unveiled its new line of MacBook consumer notebooks that now include Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Just one-inch thin, the new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than the previous generation and feature a built-in iSight(R) video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife(R) ’06, Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

“MacBook has helped drive Apple’s notebook market share to over 10 percent in US retail, and the new MacBooks will be among this holiday season’s most exciting new products,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “With Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the entire line, these new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than their predecessors.”

With prices starting at just $1,099, the new MacBook lineup includes three models: white 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz MacBook models, and a black 2.0 GHz MacBook model. With Intel’s latest Core 2 Duo processors, the new MacBook is up to 25 percent faster than the previous MacBook and up to six times faster than the iBook, making it even easier for consumers to manage and enjoy their digital content with iLife ’06. Consumers will also benefit from the added power in the new 2.0 GHz models, including double the memory and greater storage capacity than the previous generation, as well as a double-layer SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs.

The new MacBook features a 13-inch glossy widescreen display, ideal for enjoying videos, DVDs and photos with Apple’s Front Row media experience. The MacBook is just one-inch thin and includes a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go with friends or family using iChat AV, recording a video podcast or iMovie using iLife ’06, or taking fun snapshots with Photo Booth.

Designed for the mobile lifestyle, the MacBook includes Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter that magnetically connects the power cord to the MacBook and safely disconnects under strain, preventing the notebook from falling off its work surface. Apple now also offers a new MagSafe Airline Adapter that makes using a MacBook on an airplane even more convenient by connecting to in-seat power ports for continued productivity throughout the duration of a flight. The MacBook also includes Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor, designed to protect the hard drive in case of a fall, and a simple and intuitive Scrolling TrackPad for scrolling through long web pages or panning across large photographs.

The lightweight MacBook design includes built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), making it ideal to take anywhere consumers work and play — from the office, to the classroom and the local WiFi hot spot. With the latest high-performance connectivity options, each MacBook includes built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 400 port, combination analog and optical digital audio input and output ports and a mini-DVI video output to connect up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.

The MacBook comes with iLife ’06, the next generation of Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications featuring iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand and iWeb, the latest iLife application that makes it super-easy to create amazing websites with photos, blogs and podcasts and publish them on .Mac for viewing by anyone on the Internet with just a single click. The MacBook also comes with the latest release of the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS(R) X version 10.4.8 Tiger, including Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth, running natively on the Intel-based notebook.

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter is available for a suggested retail price of US$59.

The 1.83 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,099, includes:

• 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
• 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
• 667 MHz front-side bus
• 512MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
• 60GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
• two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
• Scrolling TrackPad
• the infrared Apple Remote
• 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,299, includes:

• 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
• 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
• 667 MHz front-side bus
• 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
• 80GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
• two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
• Scrolling TrackPad
• the infrared Apple Remote
• 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

The 2.0 GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $1,499, includes:

• 13.3-inch glossy widescreen 1280 x 800 display with 250 cd/m2 brightness
• 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
• 667 MHz front-side bus
• 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 2GB
• 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
• Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately)
• built-in iSight video camera
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
• two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port
• one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog
• Scrolling TrackPad
• the infrared Apple Remote
• 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 80GB, 120GB or 160GB (5400 rpm) or a 200GB (4200 rpm) hard drive, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan. Additional build-to-order options also include: pre-installed copies of iWork ’06, Logic Express 7, Final Cut Express HD 3.5 and Aperture 1.5.

See Apple’s new MacBooks here.

Related MacDailyNews article:
Apple MacBook Pro notebooks go Intel Core 2 Duo; up to 39-percent faster – October 24, 2006

78 Comments

  1. I knew when I bought my MacBook in late September I would soon have buyer’s remorse. But for my purposes the 25% performance increase would probably save me 47.84 seconds over the next decade. But in 2 years I’ll be getting a MacBook/Pro with Intel’s Santa Rosa platform.

  2. Waaaa. My 1st gen MacBook ordered two days after the launch of MacBooks just became obsolete.

    Well, not *really* of course. But I can’t help feeling a little Core2Duo-greedy…

    MDN MW: ‘former’ as in “the former model was good, this one must be better”.

  3. I would guess that the new MB will be at least 10 times faster than a 500 Mhz G3 in really intensive processes. Maybe up to 30 times faster.

    This would be a very good time to upgrade. The MB has been through its first iteration and most of the hardware bugs have been squashed.

    The only reason to wait would be for Leopard. But that is probably not going to out till April. Think of all the increased productivity you will have during that time.

  4. With Apple having completed most of their product-renewals, picture for January ’07 becomes interesting:

    1. Leopard
    Not likely, they’ll wait a bit and get it fine-tuned properly.
    2. iLife ’07 &
    Yes of course
    3. iWork ’07 (with Numbers)
    Yep of course
    4. Mac Mini upgrade or new models
    Likely an upgrade but maybe a new model added.
    5. iPhone/Full Screen iPod
    Seems a perfect time to introduce. Finished holiday shopping, iPods had all their lines sold empty or down to a minimum, so no eating into their profits/sales and no worries about excess stock from iPods
    6. iTV
    Pretty sure it’s going to be on sale during MacWorld to counter other initiatives rushed to market.

    So 5 different products, looks like a 45-60 minutes key-note to me.

  5. Yawn….gone are the days when Apple would bring out something new (processor) that nobody else had.
    Now everyone else is first out with the Intel processors and Apple follows later.

    As someone said Apple is too slow to bring out new product.

  6. THE COMPLAINERS ARE SO DIPPY SOMETIMES! There is a difference in announcing a product early and shipping it. There is also a hige difference in a big company like Dell or HP selling relatively few high end computers with these top of the line chips, as opposed to Apple who needs quantity to satisfy an entire line of computers. You can’t get a macbook with a celeron, cor solo, core duo, core potato salad or anything else.

    The big deal with this announcement is that there is something big in store for 64bit in OS X.

    Now stop complaining. Man, what a bunch of kids.

  7. Aww shucks can you believe it, well yes obviously!

    Darn it and only two days ago my Dad’s MacBook arrived – not Core 2 Duo!!

    Though even the now defunct Core Duo MacBook has more than enough features for my Dad to enjoy his first experience of OSX.

    I wonder maybe a phone call to Apple and they might agree to swap out his one for the new Core 2 Duo.

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