All Apple Macbook News, Features and Specification from WWDC 2009

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Macbook Pro whitePreviously we have covered Apple WWDC, 2009: The obvious and the speculations and Apple WWDC 2009: Can we be surprised again? But all grapevines on Apple’s new releases came to end at World Wide Developer Conference on Monday. With all the hypes concentrated on iPhone, Apple’s announcement for MacBook Pro seems sedimented . It’s our effort to have an insight of Apple’s notebook. At World Wide Developers Conference Apple revealed that it would be adding to its MacBook Pro family with a 13-inch notebook that would be available in different price points. As the 13-inch MacBook Pro joins the Pro line, Apple won’t leave its white polycarbonate MacBook. For the time being, the white MacBook will still be offered by the company, starting at $999.

  1. The biggest upgrade: 13″ Macbook
  2. 12″ PowerBook in Disguise
  3. Reduction of Price
  4. All specification in tabular form

The Biggest Upgrade: 13″ Macbook

Actually, the 13″ MacBook has received a face-lift as well as a feature-lift to reconfigure into 13″ unibody MacBook Pro. Shedding off the aluminum enclosure, the Pro wears a white polycarbonate suit. MacBook Pro also underwent a speed bump last week. From this non-Air MacBook there are clear indications that Apple is reeling back to its single tired laptop strategy.  Let’s have a look at the specs and features.

Macbook air


The 13″ plastic MacBook features a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of DDR2 memory and 160GB hard drive standard. The machine is expandable to the 4GB of RAM and upgraded to 500 GB hard drive through the Apple Store. In case, you will have to do it yourself. The MacBook also offers integrated Nvidia GeForce 9400M Graphics.

For the better part even if the Apple MacBook prices have been slashed they would retain the .

Key Features


The 13″ MacBook Pro offers the same display as the 15″ MacBook Pro, but it  features

  1. 60 % increase in color gamut.
  2. back-lit keyboard
  3. SD card slot
  4. Up to 8GB RAM
  5. Up to a 500GB hard drive
  6. MagSafe power port
  7. Gigabit Ethernet
  8. One FireWire 800 port
  9. Two USB 2.0 ports
  10. Combo optical digital audio in and out ports
  11. Retains the FireWire 800 port.
  12. AirPort Extreme
  13. Bluetooth
  14. Mini DisplayPort
  15. To add to the entertainment it offers a built-in iSight camera and microphone

New 12″ PowerBook in disguise?

This is for those MacBook aficionados who were desperately waiting for Apple to update the line of 12″ PowerBook.  The 13″ MackBook Pro seems to replacement for new 12″ PowerBook. The 13″ MacBook is available in two variations, featuring either a 2.26GHz or a 2.53GHz processor and  available for $1,199 and $1,499 respectively. The high-end offers more RAM standard (4GB) and hard drive standard (250GB). The 13″ Pro shares the same integrated graphics as the MacBook. It has gained a higher RAM capacity now 8 GB. It also adds an SSD as a BTO through Apple. It features a non-removable battery that lasts 7-hour. Rounding out the changes is the questionable addition of an SD card clot. The FireWire 800 port is an addition to the MacBook.

Recession Factor?- Apple reduces prices palpably


The 15″ MacBook Pro models have witnessed a significant price drop. The MacBook comes in three price models - $1699, $1999 and $2299. The RAM ceiling for the machines is also 8 GB. The batteries in the three models are of non-swappable variety. The lower entry point is really  appreciable given the quality of MacBook.


The $1699 model is the same as the high-end 13″ with larger screen. What irks is that Apple took out the Express Card slot for all the 15″ models, this leaves the users with a single SD card slot. Probably, this move could lower the cost. In case, you are looking for dedicated graphics you would have to go for the high-end $1999 model.  These come with both integrated and dedicated as a GeForce 94000M and a 9600GT.

The 17″ MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has undergone a hardware upgrade, but with a price drop. The 17″ model now starts with $2499 at a cost less than $300 what was before. Both the new MacBook models have received a speed boost with 2.8GHz and 3.06Ghz. These machines retain the Express Card for the audio professional.

With the competitive price tags for high-end notebooks, Apple seems to be in no mood to tolerate the infeasible remarks of the Redmond men.

All in one Nutshell


Model Price Processor RAM HDD Graphics
MacBook, 13-inch $999 Core 2 duo 2.13 GHz 2 GB 160 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
MacBook Pro, 13-inch $1,199 Core 2 duo 2.26 GHz 2 GB 160 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
MacBook Pro, 13-inch $1,499 Core 2 duo 2.53 GHz 4 GB 250 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
MacBook Pro, 15-inch $1,699 Core 2 duo 2.53 GHz 4 GB 250 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
MacBook Pro, 15-inch $1,999 Core 2 duo 2.66 GHz 4 GB 320 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M+ + 256MB 9600M GT
MacBook Pro, 15-inch $2,299 Core 2 duo 2.8 GHz 4 GB 500 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M+ + 512MB 9600M GT
MacBook Pro, 17-inch $2,499 Core 2 duo 2.8 GHz 4 GB 500 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M+ + 512MB 9600M GT
MacBook AIR, 13-inch $1,499 Core 2 duo 1.86 GHz 2 GB 120 GB HDD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
MacBook AIR, 13-inch $1,799 Core 2 duo 2.13 GHz 2 GB 128 GB SSD Nvidia GeForce 9400M
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