Apple launches new MacBook models, no big changes

By on February 26, 2008, 8:10 AM
On a very expected and rumored release, Apple today unveiled new MacBook and MacBook Pro models that offer speedier CPUs, (now up to 2.6GHz with 6MB of shared L2 cache), larger hard drives (up to 300GB), improved graphics memory in higher-end MB Pros (up to 512MB GeForce), and last but not least, the MacBook Pro receives the multi-touch trackpad that first debuted on the Air.

The speed bump on the MacBook line was less expected since they had received an update just recently. But for the same prices Apple is giving you faster 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz processors, more HDD capacity in the 120-160GB range, and 2GB RAM standard on higher-end models.

As much as this could be considered good news for anyone about to buy an Apple laptop (same prices, better hardware), many were expecting bigger changes especially in the MacBook Pro line that hasn't received many cosmetic upgrades since early 2006.

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Didou said:
I for one think a cosmetic change is not necessary. It's a very subtle & timeless design.
Julio said:
I agree the design is nice on the MB Pro and could do without any changes for a longer while, it does get pretty hot though, so I'm not sure how effective the cooling system is after all.
Didou said:
Mine indeed used to get hot from time to time, that's because Apple preferred more silent operations to cooler running ones. I've installed Fan Control & slightly increased the minimum operating speed of the fans to make it cooler. It runs cooler now & is still very silent.I suppose the 45nm CPU parts will help with that even more.
Julio said:
Are you running Windows or OS X on a regular basis?
Didou said:
I only have OS X on the MacBook Pro. I have Windows on my desktop (XP SP2) & mostly use it for games now or let it rip huge amounts of video/music while I work on the laptop.
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