MacBook, MacBook Pro get slight refurb

Apple offers Intel's Santa Rosa platform with a better graphics processor, as well as more memory and more storage.

Without announcement, Apple has quietly updated its line of MacBook laptops with higher-end hardware.

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MacBook Pro buyers now have the option of upgrading from a 2.4GHz to a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, according to Apple's Web site. The upgrade costs $250.

All of the 13-inch MacBook laptops will now come with Intel's Santa Rosa platform, featuring an Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor. They also now feature a high-gloss screen and the option of expanding the stock 1GB RAM up to 4GB, according to the Apple Web site.

Both MacBook and MacBook Pro buyers will have the option of upgrading to a 250GB hard drive.

Apple is offering a white MacBook for $1,099 with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 80GB of storage, and a standard combo optical drive; a white MacBook for $1,299 with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 120GB of storage, and a double-layer SuperDrive ; and a black MacBook for $1,499 with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, 160GB of storage, and a double-layer SuperDrive.

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