Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple's New MacBook Line.

Apple today announced a refresh to their entire notebook lineup this afternoon.  First up we have the MacBook Pro.

The specs are about in line with what they have been.  The only notable exception is the transition to the Nvidia GeForce 9400M in both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook.  Nvidia cooked up something really special here and it could help Mac's become a force to be reckoned with as far as computer gaming is concerned.  
Here's a spec rundown:
-2.4GHz Core2 Duo
-15" or 17" Screen
-2GB or 4GB of RAM
-250GB or 320GB HDD
-Nvidia GeForce 9400M
-Backlit Keyboard
-Glass LED Display
-Price: $1,999 - $2,799

The MacBook is almost identical to the new MacBook Pro's with a horsepower downgrade, no blacklit keyboard, and a smaller 13.3" display.  
-2.0GHz to 2.4GHz Intel Core2 Duo
-160GB or 250GB HDD
-Nvidia GeForce 9400M
-13.3" Glass LED Display
-Price: $1,299 - $1,599

And seemingly in an interest to be competitive in the market and to get the "Us too!" PR line into some press releases Apple is still selling the 'old' white MacBook for only $999.  So now Apple can add a bullet point saying that 'they too' have notebooks under $1,000.

What I am most excited about in today's announcement is the new all glass, multi-touch, buttonless, trackpad.   Let me explain: 
Glass - smooth, frictionless, and pretty.  Think iPhone.  
Buttonless - Apple trackpad's have always been on the cutting edge IMO and todays announcement proves that.  Apple went ahead and removed the button from below the trackpad and made the entire trackpad a clickable button.  That's right now you can click anywhere in the trackpad, you're no longer a slave to clicking  at the bottom.  Right-click you ask?  Simply press down with two fingers, and -blam- a right-click.
Multi-touch - Apple has added a slue of cool new touch features to the trackpad, it now has options for 1, 2, 3,  and even 4 finger touch gestures.  Use two fingers to scroll up and down, and  pinch to zoom in and out. Swipe with three fingers to flip through you photo libraries. Swipe with four fingers to show the desktop or switch applications.

Well needless to say I can't wait to get my hands on these bad boys, Jobs and Co. says they are shipping today and will be in stores tomorrow.  I might just have to buy one for 'review' yeah that's it.  ;-)


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