Apple refreshed its MacBook and MacBook pro lineups on Tuesday, equipping the units with faster processors, bigger hard drives and a new multi-touch trackpad.
Among the standard features are an illuminated keyboard and a power adapter which automatically disconnects when pulled under strain to prevent damage to the computer. The new computers are now available.
The faster MacBook Pro model comes with up to a 2.6 GHz Intel processor and a maximum of 4 GB of memory, up to a 300 GB Hard drive and a 512 MB NVidia graphics card.
The computer is also equipped with a Multi-Touch trackpad which made its debut on the MacBook Air released last month. The trackpad allows users to use pinch, rotate and swipe motions to more easily manipulate images and objects on the screen.
The MacBook lineup is also updated with faster processors and hard drives. The notebook computers come in white, featuring up to 2 GHz processors. The hard drives can be as large as 250 GB.
Prices for MacBooks range from $1,099 for the 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 13.3-inch screen white model to the $1,499 model which includes a 2.4 Ghz processor with double the memory at 2GB, and larger hard drive.
The MacBook Pro ranges from $1,999 to $2,799. The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch model features a better display at 1440 x 900 pixels compared with the 1280 x800 display on the MacBooks. An intermediary edition sells for $2,499 Ghz. The most expensive pro model features a 17-inch screen with a 1680 x 1050 pixels display, a 2.5 Ghz processor and the Nvidia graphics.
Other features available on all models include 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth; analog and digital audio inputs and outputs; Firewire; USB 2.0; and a built in SuperDrive. The products ship with the OX X Leopard operating system and the iLfe '08 productivity suite.
Built to order options offer more memory, speed and hard disk space and a better display (1920 x 1200 )for the 17-inch model.