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Apple refreshes MacBook with longer battery life

Company adds a faster processor and three extra hours of battery life to its consumer-level notebook.

Apple on Tuesday updated its consumer-level MacBook, adding a faster Intel processor and longer battery life.

Apple's updated MacBook Apple

As expected, the new notebook features a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics card, the newest mobile card from the company.

It also boasts a battery life of 10 hours, up from 7 hours in the previous model.

Like its predecessor, the new Macbook has 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive, and a double-layer SuperDrive.

The previous-generation MacBook had a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and used Nvidia's GeForce 9400M graphics card.

There has been no change to the physical design of the computer. The white MacBook continues to use the polycarbonate unibody enclosure and comes with a 13.3-inch display.

The new MacBook costs $999, the same as the previous model.

The update comes just over a month after Apple updated its MacBook Pro. In that round of updates, Apple added Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors to the 15-inch and 17-inch models, while the 13-inch model continues to use Intel's Core 2 Duo processor.