More details on the new MacBooks

More details on the new MacBooks

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Following up this morning's Crave post about Apple's new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, we've got some more detailed spec information for the nuts-and-bolts types out there.

The features are largely the same as the previous Core Duo models' and include built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, FireWire 800 and 400 ports, an ExpressCard expansion card slot, and a DVI video output. Also standard are the illuminated keyboard and the motion-sensing technology that stops the hard drive if the system is dropped. Apple claims that the new models, which have 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, are up to 39 percent faster than the older 2.16GHz Core Duo MacBook.

Also released today is a new version of Apple's MagSafe detachable power qdapter. Called the MagSafe Airline Power Adapter, this $59 accessory connects to power ports in airline seats.

Here are the basic specs on the new MacBook Pro models:

15-inch model

  • 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (also available with a 2.33GHz CPU)
  • 1,440x900 pixels
  • 1GB of memory (2GB in the 2.33GHz version)
  • 120GB hard drive
  • 6X double-layer SuperDrive
  • 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (256MB in the 2.33GHz version)
  • 5.6 pounds
  • $1,999 (2.16GHz) or $2,499 (2.33GHz)
  • 17-inch model

  • 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1,680x1,050 pixels
  • 2GB of memory
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 8X double-layer SuperDrive
  • 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600
  • 6.8 pounds
  • $2,799