“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.]