Apple white polycarbonate $999 MacBook this morning--a move widely anticipated by the Internet rumor mill.to the basic
With slightly upgraded processor (still a Core 2 Duo) and a new version of Nvidia's high-end integrated graphics, the differences between the non-Pro and Pro versions of Apple's 13-inch laptops are slimmer than ever.
In fact, as neither system has discrete graphics, nor a CPU from Intel's newer Core i5/i7 range, the main points of differentiation appear to be the plastic vs. metal chassis, 2GB vs 4GB of RAM, and the lack of an SD card slot on the $999 version.
As they start at $999 and $1,199, respectively, we're left with a slightly different landscape to ponder--is the newly updated basic MacBook a better deal than its "Pro" version cousin?
For your $200, you essentially get identical components, but also an extra 2GB of RAM, an SD card slot, and an aluminum unibody chassis (the plastic version also has a unibody design these days), but not a bigger hard drive, faster processor, or too many other major bells and whistles. Worth noting, however, is that the Pro models all have backlit keyboards these days (and a IEEE 1394 port, but those are becoming increasingly rare in laptops).
Would you fork over an additional $200 for these extras? Or is the $999 MacBook now the best deal Apple offers? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.