Apple gives MacBooks some Santa Rosa loving
Refreshments for Pros, too
Without the usual tarantara, Apple has updated its MacBook laptops with faster hardware and some more upgrade options.
The Macbook line will now ship with Intel's Santa Rosa chip set, sporting either a 2.0GHz or 2.2GHz Intel core 2 Duo processor and Intel GMA X3100 graphic processor. They also now include the option to upgrade the standard MacBook's 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM with up to 4GB, according to the Apple website.
MacBook Pros are available with with a speedier 2.6GHz CPU for an additional $250. This line was updated with the Santa Rosa chip set back in June.
Santa Rosa promoted in Apple canon
All the laptops now have an option to be equipped with hard drives of up to 250GB (spinning at 5400 rpm).
The starting price for the new MacBooks is $1,099 packed with a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB memory and 80GB hard drive. Upgrading the memory to 4GB will run an additional $850.
Macbook Pros start at $1,999 with 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB memory, 120GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics card. Doubling the memory is $700. ®
re: re: dell
talk about cheap dell plastic crap? how about having a macbook just over a year old with the casing cracking and the backlight blinking off, if that not cheap produced crap then i dont know what is !!!
@ Anonymous Coward
Posted Friday 2nd November 2007 14:07 GMT
Am I missing something, or is Apple taking the Mick on pricing?
Yes you are missing something, because you're not comparing like-with-like! That Macbook comes with a 2.0 GHz Core TWO Duo processor and the HP a 1.66 GHz Core ONE Duo. Spot the difference? To make it simpler for you, the HP is supplied with the previous generation Core Duo CPU. Now you can argue whether there would be a noticeable real world difference in performance between the two systems, but it's a fact that you pay more for the latest kit, whatever the manufacturer. An HP of equivalent spec to the Macbook would be considerably closer in price than that entry level machine shown in your link.
Re: Everyone does it
Indeed. Apple just happens to have a more centralised and static pricing than most other companies, so it's more visible in their case. I'll gladly accept proof that Dell/any other major brand has the same price in US and Europe, with taxes and exchange rates taken into account, but I doubt anyone will be able to provide it...