Low-end MacBook Gets Unibody Design
Apple on Tuesday announced an updated version of its low-end MacBook laptop, which will be available immediately. The new model, while still clad in white polycarbonate, now features the same unibody construction and bright LED-backlit screens as Apple's other laptops, as well as the same glass multi-touch trackpad found in the MacBook Pro line.
The new 13.3-inch MacBook bears the same $999 price as the old model, but is powered by a 2.26GHz processor. It also features 2GB of 1066MHz RAM, a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chip, and a 250GB hard drive.
This new MacBook has a familiar look, but it's thinner, with curved edges. Like Apple's other MacBooks, it's got a self-contained, non-swappable battery. As a result, the bottom of the laptop has no feet--instead, the entire bottom surface is rubberized, save for eight screws.
The previous MacBook model was a holdover from the previous generation of MacBooks, and became the only MacBook when the aluminum-clad models became MacBook Pros in June 2009. It was available in a single $999 configuration, powered by a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor, with 2GB of 800MHz RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The white MacBook has featured Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics since January.