Just got the news today unfortunatly, but on May 16th the MacBook was launched. Not to be confused with the MacBook Pro, the MacBook is Apple's replacement for the old iBook (whereas the Pro is the PowerBook replacement).
It features either a 1.87GHz or 2.0GHz Core Duo processor, 512MB of DDR SDRAM. The base model has a 13" display, a 60GB, 5,400 RPM hard drive, and a CD burner/DVD player. Price is $1,099. The next model up features a 2.0GHz processor, an 60GB disk, and a DVD burner. Price for that one is $1,299. The top of the line model really shows off. Same processor as the next level down, but with an 80GB disk, DVD burner, and a jet black case. This model is about $1,500, if I remember correctly.
All models, unlike the iBook which used the Mobility Radeon 9200, feature integrated graphics. Unforunatly, this feature can not be upgraded. On the plus side, they have great battery life, a widescreen display, a thin profile and a light weight.
Oh, and don't forget, this (like all other new Core Duo based Macs) can run both Windows XP and OS X. This is the primary reason I'm getting the 2.4 GHz MacBook Pro. One OS for gaming (XP), one for working and internet use (OS X).
And if you haven't seen one, this is the MacBook Pro:
Slightly thinner and lighter than the PowerBook G4 15", it also has a slightly larger display, much brighter screen, four times the video memory, and a much faster processor. Oh, and it has a built in camera.
Better image of the black MacBook.
21st February 2005
Looks very nice. I just hate that they are 13inch screens. Tiny.
Not too bad when you see on in person. Widescreem 1280 x 960 native. Not too shabby for integrated.
17th March 2006
yeah, not too shabby. the new macbooks are supposed to be like 4x faster than the PowerBooks and iBooks. Is this really true, I wonder?
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29th March 2005
Well, I was close to waking my parents up at 2AM last night and telling them to buy me one. They look damn sweet, and, although the Radeon 9200 isn't upgradeable, it beats the hell out of the ATI Rage 3D whatsit with 4mb of VRAM that my iMac is running now. Pretty cheap too, especially for such an upgrade from the iBook.
And tests show that they aren't 4x or 5x faster. In some programs there may be a little jump, but nothing like 4x or 5x unless it's been optimized for the new core, I guess. That's what I heard when the MacBook Pro came out.
The MacBook uses integrated graphics. Apparently they perform better than the 9200, but a RAM upgrade to one gig would be a good idea ($100).
It isn't hard to be faster than a G4 these days. Sure, it owned a few years ago, but even some Celerons seem faster than it at times.
Just for emphasis:
According to some users, even Half Life 2 runs quite well on the new Core Duo iMacs.
So yes, ALL GAMES RUN ON MACS NOW.
2 excited 4 shark week
25th May 2004
Excellent. I'm getting the apple version for school I believe.
Right on, i'll have to upload steam onto it.
It runs both, on different partitions of the hard drive.
Just found this out. Good news eh?
공화국의 영원한 주석
29th March 2005
Haha, I've known about that for a long time. It doesn't really help with the MacBooks though, cause it only took $50 off. A while back it had high schools, but I think they removed it so it just lists colleges and universities now. Still, $100 off an iPod (when I got mine, anyway) is a decent deal.