Apple updates MacBook with LED-backlit display, Multi-Touch™ trackpad and built-in 7-hour battery

Apple today updated its popular MacBook with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. Inheriting technology and design features from the MacBook Pro line, the new MacBook is an ideal consumer notebook for students and new Mac users, and is available for US$999.

“The new MacBook includes many of the great features found on the innovative MacBook Pro, such as an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in long-life battery,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “With the only lineup of notebooks all featuring unibody enclosures, LED-backlit displays and long-life battery technology, there’s never been a better time to switch to a Mac.”

The new MacBook features a unibody, polycarbonate enclosure that makes it lighter and more durable. The new design includes a unique non-skid bottom surface and at just 4.7 pounds, the sleek MacBook slides easily into a backpack or briefcase. MacBook comes standard with a bright, LED-backlit display with the same wide-angle viewing technology used in the MacBook Pro line. The new MacBook has a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics.

The new MacBook includes Apple’s innovative built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge, and up to 1,000 recharges. At nearly three times the lifespan of conventional notebook batteries, Apple’s built-in battery results in fewer depleted batteries and less waste. Depleted batteries can be replaced for $129, which includes installation and environmentally responsible disposal of your old battery.

The energy-efficient MacBook joins the industry’s greenest lineup of notebooks, with every Mac notebook achieving EPEAT Gold status and meeting Energy Star 5.0 requirements. The entire Mac notebook line now comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, use internal cables and components that are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new MacBook, for a suggested retail price of US$999, includes:
• 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display
• 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache
• 1066 MHz front-side bus
• 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB
• NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics
• 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor
• a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW)
• Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately)
• built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
• Gigabit Ethernet port
• built-in iSight video camera
• two USB 2.0 ports
• one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out
• glass Multi-Touch trackpad
• built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery
• 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, or 320GB 5400 rpm, 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

More info here.

48 Comments

  1. Interesting that the 13.3″ MacBook now sports a larger hard drive than the 13.3″ MacBook Pro that costs $250 more… and has the same specs otherwise except for frills like the backlit keyboard.

  2. Nice up grade, but I would of liked to have seen two versions

    The one they announced, and another versions with the same specs as yesterdays Mac Book at a lower price point,

    Yesterdays spec’s in the new design at $799.00

  3. eab:

    You may wish to look into a MacBook Pro. Apple has been dropping hints since last year that the MacBook line may be losing FireWire (since almost nobody is using it anymore).

    I used to be a big firewire user during 601, 604, G3 and G4 days. Since migrating to HD video, I really have no use for it. If you look at today’s camcorders (being about the only consumer devices that had use firewire until recently), vast majority are no longer tape-based, and no longer use firewire. Since there is no longer need for a reliable and fast real-time transfer, USB2 does a great job for moving video from camcorder to computer.

    Firewire has lived a great life and has served humanity extremely well as the primary bus for real-time acquisition of SD digital video. With a rapid shift away from tape-based (real-time) capturing to solid state (or hard drive), USB2 provides much cheaper solution for everyone.

    I have no doubt that FireWire will continue its life as a specialised high-speed, high-reliability bus for real-time data transport (for mass storage and similar). However, it is rapidly leaving the mainstream, and Apple had to make a business decision. We’ve been here before (last year), with the intro of the first unibody MB. This is just to confirm that their assessment is correct, and that the number of FW users on MB is simply negligible.

  4. @Jacob – and apparently Firewire.

    Fortunately the low end MacBook Pro meets the needs of folks with FireWire. Or one can always get a “close out” model of the previous gen for a discount at MacMall, MacConnection or other fine retailers.

    Truthfully I am still on a first gen MacBook running Snow Leopard (think Intel Core Duo, not Duo 2, and with Intel 950 GMA graphics). It runs great for my modest needs. For those who require Firewire for under $1000, seriously, look for the sale of the previous MacBook models.

    Peace.

  5. Incredible…I was all ready to buy one today but the lack of Firewire just KILLS it!! Why does Apple ALWAYS have to screw up?? No way I’m buying this computer with no Firewire. So long Apple.

  6. Since the new MacBook has dropped its FireWire port, I have a question.

    Does Migration Assistant work going USB to USB, or would it work going from an older Intel iMac with FireWire to a new MacBook with just the USB port? Assuming you’d have to use a Firewire to USB adapter cable.

  7. hmm…they’ll probably replace firewire and USB with Light Peek soon anyway.

    Bedsides I was always of the impression that the MacBook in general was an ‘introductory’ product for those newer to the Mac than those really serious about video (firewire’s most mainstream use).

    Get over it; its really not that big a deal.

  8. fsck Apple and making unnecessary decisions to cripple their cheaper models to make you pay more. This is why I’m not upgrading to iPhone 3.0, iTunes 9, or Quicktime X, because who knows what else they took away in those updates.

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