BusinessWeek: Apple’s winning streak keeps going with new MacBook, MacBook Pro models

“The difference between Apple and the rest of the industry is stark. Dell sells 26 laptop models, each available in many configurations, while Apple offers five, with few hardware options. The average selling price for MacBooks and MacBook Pros in September was $1,483, compared with $689 for Windows notebooks, according to market researcher NPD Group. The point isn’t that Macs are overpriced for what they are but that Apple offers only high-end products. Yet despite these seeming disadvantages in variety and price, NPD notes, Macs grabbed nearly 18% of the U.S. retail notebook market in September, a jump of nearly three percentage points since last year,” Stephen H. Wildstrom reports for BusinessWeek.

“The latest notebooks should keep Apple’s winning streak going. The two new products are a 15-in. MacBook Pro (from $1,599) and a 13.3-in. MacBook (from $1,299), now in a Pro-like aluminum case,” Wildstrom reports.

“The most striking feature of the new laptops is their huge and extremely usable touch pad… As in the last generation of MacBooks, this pad uses multitouch: One finger moves the cursor, two fingers scroll the display. What’s new is there’s no button—just press firmly on the pad, and you feel a button-like click. One finger gives a standard mouse click. Press with two and you bring up a menu appropriate for what you are doing, just like a right click on the mouse. It’s simple, and it works,” Wildstrom reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. Macs are not OVERPRICED, Apple refuses to make and sell crap.
    Go to and configure a PC with similar specs, you’ll be surprised.

    He should use words like “limited selection” and not “overpriced”

  2. We have to use Dells at work, Don’t you hate that when ever you need to download drivers, you give them the exact model and type up to the last digit, and even that, there is 4 to 5 options of what Graphics card you laptop may have or what network card or if it has bluetooth or not. And it gets a lot worse with Compaq computers.

  3. The DVD is archaic. Mac users need a BluRay disk for video and data.

    Apple dropping FireWire was a foolish, idiotic decision since they didn’t provide a legacy path on the MacBook (e.g. an ExpressCard adapter).

    Other than these two deal-killing errors, the MacBook is nice.

  4. I bet you really miss floppies, serial ports, Monochrome CRT displays, Color CRT displays, 300 baud dial up modems and 20 GB external hard drives.

    Without progress, I would be writing this with a goose feather quill and counting my stock market losses with an abacus.

  5. @Foolidiot

    A better nom-de-net has never been chosen! You’re one of those people for whom only the bleeding edge is satisfactory, for whom the latest, greatest, most expensive and parochial technology is good enough.

    When the most revered and respected CEO in the world says that blue-ray is “a bag of hurt,” foolidiot (still SO apt) dismisses the observation with a mere shrug, a dismissive aside, and another proclamation of impotence and ignorance.

    Go back to WinDelldom, oh child, for you truly do belong there in your mother’s basement, playing Brad Paisley videos, and looking OH SO FINE online.


  6. @ Randian,
    Boy are we testy today. LOL Right but testy. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Just like iPod killer or iPhone killer, the term “deal breaker” is becoming so over used that it is mute.

    “This new perfect car,,, It does not come in purple, so that is a deal breaker for me.”

    Just a thought.

  7. Simple question … What computer manufacturer is asking their employees to take voluntary unpaid leaves of absence to avoid future lay offs ?? Answer : DELL

    Why would you want to be the manufacturer that sells the cheapest products at prices that would drive you into insolvency ?

  8. @ElderNorm

    ‘… the term “deal breaker” is becoming so over used that it is mute. ‘

    I think you mean ‘moot’

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    MW = personal, as in nothing personal, en

  9. More like, this car doesn’t come with cruise control. I really need cruise control, so no matter how much I like the rest of the car, I won’t be purchasing it.

    (OK, the analogy isn’t great, but I’m looking for a feature that some people consider superfluous and some consider essential.)

    Me, I’m going to hold off for a couple of years. I guess I may wear down eventually and concede that I don’t absolutely have to have cruise control. Or firewire, for that matter. It’s just really, really nice.

  10. @Foolidiot

    Get over it. I think the new frame (brick) is more expensive then we think, but Apple is looking to the future.

    A BluRay will not make much of a difference if the display is crap. The new display will show a DVD better than a BluRay on a Dell. BR is still not taking off, even though it won the battle with HDDVD. It may wind up like DAT.

    Face it FireWire is going away. When USB 3.0 comes out (maybe next year) that will be FW replacement. Yes it is not here now, but Apple is looking to the future.

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