Apple overhauls MacBook line

Apple has overhauled its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops with more powerful processors, larger hard drives and greater memory.

Apple overhauls MacBook line

The MacBook range has received a processor and a RAM upgrade, with the base model now packing a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, while the more expensive white and black models receive the 2.4GHz version of the chip alongside 2GB of RAM. The base model MacBook remains with 1GB of RAM.

The most expensive MacBook model, the 2.4GHz black unit, also gets a hard drive upgrade to a 250GB 5,400rpm unit.

However, it is the MacBook Pro which benefits from the most profound hardware change, with the latest Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics cards being added to all three models, along with the multi-touch gesture control trackpad from the MacBook Air.

The Pro will also benefit from a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo in the entry-level 15in product, and a 2.5GHz used in the high-end 15in and 17in models.

All have 2GB of RAM, with a 200GB 5,400rpm hard drive in the basic MacBook Pro, and a 250GB 5,400rpm drive in the high-end models. A 300GB drive is available as a factory fitted option.

All models of MacBook and MacBook Pro, except the entry-level white MacBook now have a dual-layer DVD writer fitted as standard.

The revamped MacBook models start at £699 inc VAT, while the revised MacBook Pro models start at £1,299 inc VAT.

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