Help, Guides, and News on making the Switch To Apple Macintosh Computers
Following today's announcements WWDC announcements that included the re-branding of the 13-inch MacBook as a MacBook Pro, the release of new 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models and a MacBook Air update, it's expected that the 2009 Back To School promotion will be subjected to increased interest from education buyers due to lower prices across the Mac portable lineup. Education buyers can get a free iPod touch when purchased along side a new qualifying Mac.
During the 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple not only announced the rebranding of the popular unibody MacBook as the 13-inch MacBook Pro but also lowered the standard build models by $100 (U.S).
Apple today quietly updated the specifications of the entry-level white polycarbonate MacBook portable. Apple maintained the $999 price but bumped the specifications to a 2.13GHz processor (up from 2.0GHz), a 160GB hard drive (up from $120GB), and 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM (up from 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM).
Apple has announced the 2009 Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students, faculty, and staff can get a free iPod when they purchase a new MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro. A total savings of $719 can be achieved by combining a qualifying Mac, iPod, printer, and software.
Apple's MacBook portables have taken three top spots in the June 2009 issue of Consumer Reports. Apple Macintosh laptops ranked highest across the 13-inch, 14-to 16-inch and 17- to 18-inch categories as Apple readily beat out PC vendors who sell Windows based systems. Interestingly the systems that Microsoft has featured in their recent television ads came nowhere close to Apple systems in the ratings.
In conjunction with an entire Mac desktop revamp of new consumer and pro Mac models, Apple has quietly added the option to upgrade the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache. This new option replaces the prior high end 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor option. Apple has also upgraded the standard processor on the high-end MacBook Pro with a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor thereby dropping the standard 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Apple has quietly updated the base white MacBook portable to the NVIDIA's 9400M architecture, the same architecture that is utilized in the unibody MacBook models. The $999 entry level white polycarbonate MacBook now offers a more compelling value to those buyers who do not wish to pay a premium for an aluminum unibody MacBook.
Our MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air guides have been updated to reflect the features of the latest models within the respective lineups. The guides offers an overview of the models as well as detailed information broken down into the several categories and buying advice.
Apple will be conducting a special notebook event tomorrow where they are expected to unveil updates to the MacBook and MacBook Pro models. For many, tomorrow can't come fast enough as the agony of holding out has been driving them crazy.
Whenever someone considers purchasing something new one of the initial reactions is to determine if the current model(s) will be updated in the near future. This true for automobiles, gadgets, electronics and of course computers. This post will provide insight into how Apple updates and refreshes their line of Macintosh computers with particular emphasis on the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines.