Apple Replaces The iBook With The MacBook

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By: switchtoamac at: 10:43 PM on May 16, 2006 | Comments (0)
On Tuesday May 16 2006, Apple released the much anticipated MacBook consumer level notebook based on Intel's Core Duo microprocessor. The MacBook replaces the iBook, which was based on the PowerPC microprocessor.  The new MacBook provides Apple with a full line of notebooks powered by Intel Core Duo processors.

The MacBook ships with a Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.6 in addition to iLife '06, Apple's Digital Life software suite that includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, GarageBand, and iWeb.  Other features include a 13 inch glossy widescreen display, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing, Front Row, Infrared Apple Remote, mini-DVI with dual display support, an optical digital audio input and output connection, Gigabit Ethernet, Sudden Motion Sensor, Scrolling TrackPad, and MagSafe Power Adapter.

The MacBook is 20 percent thinner than the iBook and the screen is 79 percent brighter than the iBook.  The 13-inch widescreen 1280 x 800 resolution display provides users with a 30 percent increase in viewable area when compared to the iBook.

Prices start at $1,099 (US) and include three variations; White enclosure with either a 1.83 GHz or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, or a Black enclosure with a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and larger hard drive.

All Models share the following specifications/options:

  • Intel Core Duo processor
  • 13-inch widescreen LCD display with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 667 MHz front-side bus
  • 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300)
  • Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics card with 64 MB shared video memory
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • One FireWire 400 port
  • mini-DVI connector with extended display support with the ability to power up to a 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display
  • Built-in iSight video camera
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Built-in 54 Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
  • Audio line in/out port with support for both optical digital and analog audio
  • Scrolling TrackPad
  • Infrared Apple Remote
  • MagSafe Power Adapter

Build-to-order options are also available with additional hard drive storage (80GB, 100GB or 120GB 5400 rpm) and up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM.  Customers also have the option to purchase the AppleCare Extended Warranty.  The MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store and Apple retail locations.  Apple Authorized Resellers should have the MacBooks soon.

Note that the iBook G4 is no longer available from the Apple Store

With the consumer line of notebooks now updated, Apple now has an additional model to capitalize on its recent television advertising campaign and growing popularity.  I expect sales of MacBooks to be very strong as many consumers have delayed their purchase in anticipation of an update to the consumer line.  Furthermore, many education purchasers will be sure to place their order prior to the end of the academic year.

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