New MacBooks out in the market

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Apple’s latest line of MacBook laptops unveiled Tuesday are thinner, more durable and more affordable.

15 October 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple unveiled a new line of MacBook laptops Tuesday which promises improved function and design at a lower price.

The two most prominent new features of the new line-up are powerful new graphics capabilities provided by Nvidia chips that replace integrated Intel graphics chips that were used previously.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the new chips improved graphics performance by a factor of five.

Jobs also touted a new manufacturing process which allows the laptop cases to be made from a single block of aluminium, resulting in thinner, more durable and incredibly beautiful designs.

"Apple has invented a whole new way of building notebooks from a single block of aluminium. And, just as important, they are the industry's greenest notebooks," said Jobs.

"The new MacBooks offer incredible features our users will love - like their stunning all-metal design, great 3D graphics and LED backlit displays - at prices up to USD 700 less than before," said Jobs.  

Apple said that in addition to providing MacBooks with a sleeker design, the new manufacturing process has made the computers, thinner, stronger and better able to withstand impacts.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro also comes with a newly designed track pad. The multisource glass track pad has a 39 percent larger tracking area than before and the entire track pad will act as button.

The new MacBooks also feature an LED-backlit display that uses 30 percent less energy than its predecessor and eliminates the mercury found in fluorescent tube backlights.

The new MacBook line starts as USD 1,299 in the US with prices rising to USD 2,499 for MacBook Pro.

[dpa / Expatica]

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