Apple goes Pro with 13in MacBook, updates 15in MBP

Written by Tim Smalley

June 9, 2009 | 15:11

Tags: #air #battery #macbook #pro #technology #update

Companies: #apple

Apple updated its MacBook line with several new versions and slashed prices on many existing models at its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote last night.

The new models included new 13in and 15in MacBook Pros, which feature the same lithium polymer battery technology introduced with the 17in MacBook Pro earlier this year, which boasts up to seven hours of battery life.

Moreover, Apple says that the new batteries can be recharged 1,000 times before degradation – more than three times as many as a typical laptop battery, claimed the company.

The 13in model starts at £899, while the new 15in version will set you back £1,299 for its base spec. Both products include an improved LED-backlit display with 60 per cent higher colour gamut, an SD card, up to 8GB of memory, FireWire 800 and 500GB of storage (or a 256GB SSD).

The base spec 13in model comes with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB of memory, GeForce 9400M graphics and a 160GB hard drive. The additional two inches afforded by the new 15in MacBook Pro allows Apple to increase the base spec to a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a GeForce 9400M IGP and a 250GB hard drive.

The 17in MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have had price cuts and are now listed at £1,849 and £1,149 for their base spec models. The 17in MacBook Pro’s specs have been improved as well, as the CPU frequency has been increased to 2.8GHz and storage capacity has been bumped to 500GB.

Apple goes Pro with 13in MacBook, updates 15in MBP Apple updates MacBook line

The MacBook Air still features a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, a 120GB hard drive and a GeForce 9400M graphics chip at this new price. The flagship model includes a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, a 128GB SSD and GeForce 9400M graphics – both models feature 2GB of memory.

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