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A week later than originally expected, Apple Computer unveiled its “advanced consumer” notebooks dubbed MacBooks. The new laptops come in 13.3” form-factor, offer multimedia functionality and complete Apple’s mobile computers transition to Intel Core processors from the PowerPC chips from IBM and Motorola.

“Apple began the transition to Intel Core Duo-based notebooks in February with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and now just 90 days later we have completed the transition with the release of the all new MacBook,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

With the MacBook Apple no longer offers two form-factors of its consumer-oriented laptops: the only size available now is the one with 13.3” wide-screen display and the only difference between computers are system specifications along with performance.

Currently there are three models of the MacBook offered: the base one – which comes in white case and costs $1099 – features Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz processor, 512MB of PC2-5400 (667MHz) memory, 60GB hard disk drive, combo optical drive (CD burner and DVD-ROM), built-in iSight camera, 1280x800 screen resolution, 802.11a/b/g wireless network controller, Bluetooth controller, USB 2.0, FireWire and so on. A more advanced one – which is also white, but costs $1299 – boasts with 2.0GHz processor and DVD burner. The most powerful MacBook comes in black case and features 80GB hard drive, along with Core Duo 2.0GHz and DVD burner.

The new computers feature Apple’s well-known technologies, such as Sudden Motion Sensor that halts hard drive when the laptop is about to fall, scrolling TrackPad and MagSafe power adapter.

Apple today also increased processor speeds on both models of the 15” MacBook Pro: the $2499 model now includes a 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 2.0GHz, and the $1999 model now includes a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.83GHz. Beginning today, the MacBook Pro also offers the new wide-screen display as a CTO option on both the 15” and 17”models at no additional cost.

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