Apple's basic white MacBook also getting update?

Little has been said lately about Apple's basic white MacBook. Could that be set for an upgrade as well?

We've heard a lot of talk about new versions of Apple's MacBook Air laptops and Mac Pro and Mac Mini desktops getting updated CPUs and ports sometime this month, but until now, nothing has been said about the still-popular white MacBook .

This morning, 9to5Mac claimed that one of the new Apple part numbers reported last week as being for a new Mac Pro desktop is in fact intended for a new version of the 13-inch white MacBook.

We have obtained some new information from our source, Mr. X, about Apple's next Macs. Now that we have this info, we have determined that part numbers for new Mac Pros are not yet available. Instead, these part numbers are actually for an upgraded white MacBook and new Mac Mini line.

The basic white MacBook is the only laptop left in Apple's stable that is not a Pro or Air model. It's also the least expensive Mac, at $999 (tied with the 11-inch Air), and remains popular with students. Like the current MacBook Air models, it has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, leaving it two CPU generations behind most new laptops.

Apple-related rumors should always be considered with a good deal of skepticism and are prone to near-daily updates and reversals. But with the OSX Lion update due sometime in July, and current MacBook Air models starting to show up at some retailers with unusual discounts, it's reasonable to expect updated hardware for at least some of Apple's hardware in the near future.

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Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of laptops, desktops, and Windows tablets, while also writing about games, gadgets, and other topics. A former radio DJ and member of Mensa, he's written about music and technology for more than 15 years, appearing in publications including Spin, Blender, and Men's Journal.

 

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