Apple Bumps MacBook Processor, Graphics

Apple very quietly updated the default configuration of its white polycarbonate MacBook on Tuesday. The new model features a better processor, improved battery life, and a new graphics chip. The updated model is available for purchase immediately.

The white polycarbonate MacBook, first introduced in October of last year, now gains a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up from the 2.26GHz chip it debuted with. In addition, it now sports an Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics chip--the same available in the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro--instead of the previous Nvidia GeForce 9400M, and Apple is boasting that the MacBook's battery life now stretches to ten hours, up from seven.

Otherwise, the specs remain unchanged: as with the previous model, the MacBook still ships with 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, and an 8x double-layer SuperDrive. The price has not changed either, holding steady at $999.

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