Apple MacBook tweaked up: Entry-level Mac gets faster, pricier

Apple has upgraded its entry-level laptop, giving you a faster processor, a more efficient graphics card and a few more quid drained from your pocket

Apple has gently and without fuss upgraded its entry-level laptop. There was barely a flicker on the notoriously drop-happy Apple Store as the pretty white computer received a tune-up, with its Intel Core Duo 2 processor ramped up from 2.26GHz to 2.4GHz and its battery life increased from 7 hours to 10.

There's also a slightly better graphics card -- an Nvidia GeForce 320M as opposed to the former GeForce 9400M. You still won't be able to play the latest games , but it'll help play video and uses less power.

The physical design retains the same clean white unibody chassis we enjoyed last year , along with the 13.3-inch screen, multi-touch glass trackpad, 2GB of RAM and 250GB hard drive.

While we might have expected Apple to upgrade to the latest generation of Intel Core i processors , the speed increase pretty much makes up for that. The current low-end MacBook Pro uses the same chip.

The only bad news is the price has crept up from £819 to £849. The older model is still on sale at Apple Stores while stocks last at the lower price, but you can buy the new one now at Apple's Web site.

 

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