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  • MacBooks Refreshed for WWDC


    MacBooks (both Pro and standard) have seen all sorts of announcements today.

    The 15" MBP has been updated to have the same 7 hour/1000 charge built-in battery that the 17" was given at MacWorld previously this year. The 13" MacBook has been upgraded to now be a Pro unit, and will share the same high-capacity battery.

    Both the 13" and 15" MBP's will have an SD card slot instead of an ExpressCard slot. Everyone who has 3G modems just gasped - everyone else wonders who the hell uses ExpressCard anyway. The 13" also gets backlit keyboards now (my God, finally), Firewire, up to 500GB HD, and up to 8GB of RAM.

    Oh - and here's one you'll like. The MacBook Air? It gets a $700 drop in price, coming down to $1,499 for the 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo with 120 GB HDD, and only $1,799 for the 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo with 128GB SSD.

    These prices are live now. Not bad!


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    SAN FRANCISCO—June 8, 2009—Apple® today updated the aluminum unibody MacBook® Pro line to include 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch models featuring Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to 40 percent longer battery life. Each MacBook Pro includes an LED-backlit display with greater color intensity, the innovative glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire® 800 port and state of the art NVIDIA graphics. Starting at just $1,199, the MacBook Pro line is more affordable than ever, with some models up to $300 less than the previous generation. The industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac® notebook achieves EPEAT* Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.

    “Across the line, all of our new MacBook Pro models now include Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life, while staying just as thin and light as before,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Starting at just $1,199, the aluminum unibody MacBook Pro is more affordable than ever and sets a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.”

    The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models include Apple’s innovative built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge without adding thickness, weight or cost. Using Adaptive Charging and advanced chemistry first introduced with the 17-inch MacBook Pro earlier this year, the built-in battery delivers up to 1,000 recharges before it reaches 80 percent of its original capacity—nearly three times the lifespan of conventional batteries.** The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste.

    The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is a significant upgrade at a lower price than the original aluminum MacBook it replaces. With the same sleek and durable design popular with consumers, students and professionals, all 13-inch MacBook Pro models now include a seven hour built-in battery, an SD card slot, a FireWire 800 port, an illuminated keyboard and an improved LED-backlit display with 60 percent greater color gamut. Featuring the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive priced at $1,199, and another with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive priced at $1,499.

    The perfect balance of performance and portability, the 15-inch MacBook Pro now features a seven hour built-in battery, an SD card slot, an improved LED-backlit display with 60 percent greater color gamut and 4GB of RAM across the line at an entry price $300 less than before. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in three models: a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for a new entry price of $1,699; a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 320GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics for $1,999; and a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 500GB hard drive, and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics for $2,299.

    The 17-inch MacBook Pro, which includes an eight hour built-in battery, an ExpressCard slot, a brilliant LED-backlit display, 4GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT graphics, has been updated to include a faster 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a larger 500GB hard drive for $2,499, which is $300 less than before.

    All MacBook Pro systems feature Apple’s revolutionary aluminum unibody design and for the first time can be upgraded with up to 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB hard drive or up to a 256GB solid state drive. The 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models can also be upgraded to a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. All MacBook Pro systems include a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort to connect with the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display.

    Apple today also updated the incredibly thin and light MacBook Air®, making it more powerful and more affordable. Measuring just 0.16 to 0.76-inches thin and weighing just three pounds, the MacBook Air is available in two models starting with the new entry price of $1,499 for a 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 120GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, and a 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system with a 128GB solid state drive and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics for $1,799.

    Every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design. Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. All MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models contain no brominated flame retardants and use internal cables and components that are PVC-free. The built-in battery design results in less waste and depleted batteries can be replaced for $129 or $179, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.

    Every MacBook Pro comes with Apple’s innovative iLife® ’09 featuring iPhoto® for managing photos, iMovie® for making movies and GarageBand® for creating and learning to play music. Every Mac also runs Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, featuring Time Machine®, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac; Spaces®, an intuitive feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; Mail with easy setup and elegant, personalized stationery; and iChat®, the most advanced video chat.

    Pricing & Availability The new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 17-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are now available through the Apple Store® (Apple), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ will be shipping in September 2009, and any new Mac system purchased without Snow Leopard from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller between June 8, 2009 and the end of the program on December 26, 2009, is eligible for the Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-To-Date upgrade package available for a product plus shipping and handling fee of $9.95 (US). Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 90 days of purchase or by December 26, 2009, or whichever comes first. For more information please visit Apple - Mac OS X - Update your new Mac with Mac OS X Snow Leopard..

    The 2.26 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,199 (US), 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 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    160GB 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) optical drive;
    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 FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    SD card slot;
    one audio line in/out port, supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 58WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    60 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.
    The 2.53 GHz, 13-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), includes:

    13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
    2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    250GB 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) optical drive;
    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 FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    SD card slot;
    one audio line in/out port, supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 58WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
    Build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 250GB 5400 rpm, 320GB 5400 rpm or 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.

    The 2.53 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,699 (US), includes:

    15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    250GB 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) optical drive;
    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 FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
    The 2.66 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:

    •15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 256MB GDDR3 video memory;
    320GB 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) optical drive;
    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 FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
    The 2.8 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,299 (US), includes:

    15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 glossy display;
    2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
    500GB 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) optical drive;
    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 FireWire 800 port;
    SD card slot;
    one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 73WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
    Build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro include a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the ability to upgrade to 8GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 320GB 5400 rpm, 320GB 7200 rpm, 500GB 5400 rpm, or 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

    The 2.8 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

    17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, glossy display;
    2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
    1066 MHz front-side bus;
    4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT discrete graphics with 512MB GDDR3 video memory;
    500GB 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) optical drive;
    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;
    three USB 2.0 ports;
    one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
    ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
    one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
    glass Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard;
    built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
    85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
    Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB 1066 MHz DDR 3 memory, 500GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, anti-glare display for $50 (US), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

    Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, MacBook, Multi-Touch, FireWire, MacBook Air, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Leopard, Time Machine, Spaces, iChat, Apple Store, Snow Leopard, SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme, iSight, MagSafe and AppleCare are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacBooks Refreshed for WWDC started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      this is like the 3rd time im first and first time im sayin it

      crazy $700 off an air
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      this is like the 3rd time im first and first time im sayin it

      crazy $700 off an air
      Go air! I'd go for macbook pro 13" i guess instead of the air unless SSD model gets to 1499$... I am not whining but I can't just afford anything more than the price point.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm putting my Air up for sale today so I can get a new 13 Pro!
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I'm putting my Air up for sale today so I can get a new 13 Pro!
      What model you getting... 1199$ or 1499$?
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      $1499 for sure. With Snow Leopard running all native apps in 64 bit the extra RAM will actually be useful.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      $1499 for sure. With Snow Leopard running all native apps in 64 bit the extra RAM will actually be useful.
      Am waiting till September so that it comes pre-loaded or maybe hardware gets better
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      I am putting my Air for sale and my 16GB iphone 1st gen to upgrade to Pro and 3G.
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      Wow I got screwed. Just picked up my 13.3 aluminum MB and upgraded the ram from 2GB to 4GB. Now 4Gb is standard, it's a MBP, has a higher capacity battery, an SD card slot, and firewire...nice.

      Am I pretty much up the creek here, or is there something I can do if I call Applecare? I just got this damn thing a month ago...
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      I am putting my Air for sale and my 16GB iphone 1st gen to upgrade to Pro and 3G.
      3G or 3G S??
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by adamnur View Post
      Wow I got screwed. Just picked up my 13.3 aluminum MB and upgraded the ram from 2GB to 4GB. Now 4Gb is standard, it's a MBP, has a higher capacity battery, an SD card slot, and firewire...nice.

      Am I pretty much up the creek here, or is there something I can do if I call Applecare? I just got this damn thing a month ago...
      Ask your apple store manager if there are any exchanges on it.
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by adamnur View Post
      Wow I got screwed. Just picked up my 13.3 aluminum MB and upgraded the ram from 2GB to 4GB. Now 4Gb is standard, it's a MBP, has a higher capacity battery, an SD card slot, and firewire...nice.

      Am I pretty much up the creek here, or is there something I can do if I call Applecare? I just got this damn thing a month ago...
      getting screwed is a yearly thing with mac users.. unlike windows all macs are intergraded and whatever made your macbook special at the time gets outdated sooner than you think

      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      Ask your apple store manager if there are any exchanges on it.
      nope that's not going to work, and if it does then your going to be charged a 30% restocking fee for buyers remorse.

      it's better to deal with the cashier str8 up and make a fuss about it being a terrible gift idea and that your unhappy with.
    1. adamnur's Avatar
      adamnur -
      yeah I'm not sure what to do that might yield a solution without losing more money. Not that I don't love what a I have right now, but I sure lost out on a lot in a month...and I paid more than what I would have just 30 days later.

      This is also my first mac. Tough first experience lol.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lesson: never by an apple product right before macworld or wwdc
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      lesson: never by an apple product right before macworld or wwdc
      Joke of the day!
      Yet you are terribly right. On the other hand, not totally bad for first lifetime exp. with apple.

      To the topic:> my vision of MacBook just became more clear. I remember how much i was complaining about 13"MB not having FireWire. TaDa!
      Wish someone to test SSD drives (and tell us what those models are). I hope those are of OCZ Apex (too cheap for vertex though).
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      3G upgrade for me. I have had Cycorder and enjoyed it and clear cam. Both the Air and iPhone are on ebay as we speak!
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      WILL the new batteries be sold and/or are compatible with the new body first gen-macbook pros? I got mine in october and i'd rather have a 7hr batt..... ahh