Apple Refreshes MacBook Line After Leak

Apple introduced its newest MacBook entry-level laptops Tuesday featuring a faster processor and longer battery life. The new model has a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM. The release of the MacBook comes days after Vietnamese site posted leaked details regarding the notebook this past weekend.

Apple Refreshes MacBook Line After Leak

There are no changes to the exterior of the new MacBooks. Inside though, the new notebooks come with 250GB of storage and an upgraded battery, which Apple claims it can last up to ten hours on a single charge. Despite the improvements, Apple maintained the price of the new MacBooks at $999.

The graphics on the new white MacBooks also come in line with its 13-inch Pro sibling, ditching the NVIDIA GeGorce 9400M for an NVIDIA GeForce 320M. This update narrows the $200 gap between the 13-inch MacBook Pro and white MacBook, with the main differences remaining the metal chassis, more RAM, and an SD card slot.

Vietnam, the new source of Apple leaks

Vietnamese blogs have been the source of upcoming Apple gear leaks, after the widely publicised case of the Gizmodo iPhone 4G unveiling. The Taoviet forum showed pictures and videos of the new iPhone expected this summer, which unlike Gizmodo's prototype, it was a later model.

The new MacBook introduced on Tuesday was leaked on another Vietnamese blog, Tinhte, showing the updated specs a few days before Apple, sometime during the past Saturday. The videos from the Vietnamese site also show that the new MacBook will come with a different AC adaptor, similar to the one found on the Pro and Air lines. We cannot confirm this information however, until the new MacBooks actually ship to consumers.

It is unknown how Tinhte and Taoviet actually got hold of the unreleased Apple hardware, but their leaks proved to be true in the case of the new MacBook and confirm the new iPhone 4G design, first exposed over at Gizmodo. What is a given though, is that Apple cannot be very happy about these leaks from Vietnam, considering the snafu the company is making back in the U.S. over the alleged misappropriation of the iPhone 4G prototype.

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