Apples Releases MacBook and No More 1.83Ghz MacBook Pro

It was only a matter of time before Apple would do this: release a replacement for the 12″ PowerBooks. Today, Apple released the 13.3″ MacBook. What is more amazing is there is a new choice of color: black. Interestingly, the black color MacBook comes at a $200 additional premium over its white selection equally equipped.

I must say, the black is definitely a nice color. I would like to see it in person. Find it here: http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html.

It also appears that Apple has removed the 1.83GHz from its MacBook Pro line. The only processor models available are: 2.00GHz 15.4″ MacBook Pro, 2.16GHz 15.4″ MacBook Pro, and the 2.16GHz 17″ MacBook Pro. I have a 1.83GHz, and having the MacBook Pro for less than a few months, I already feel obsolete.

17-inch MacBook Pro Released

Apple has finally released their 17-inch MacBook Pro today. It looks wild! The major difference, other than the 17-inch screen, is:

  1. (3) USB 2.0 slots as opposed to (2) on the 15.4-inch MacBook.
  2. 800 Firewire slot added.
  3. 8x Dual Layer DVD-Burner versus the 15.4-inch’s 4x Single Layer DVD-Burner.
  4. It comes with the 2.16GHz Dual Core Intel chips as standard.

For those wondering how much this laptop costs, $2799. Ouch. A bit on the pricey side.

I personally think that the 17-inch is too big of a laptop for mobility. Of course in most cases, people who opt for the 17-inch do so for functionality and more so as desktop replacement unit than something for portability and mobility. Our University Photographer and previous University Webmaster both had 17-inch PowerBooks and they are just crazy to see in person. I can definitely see the advantages of having a 17-inch screen, especially when I’m working on webpages, homework, etc. The 15.4-inch is perfect to use daily and it would be nice to have a 19-inch external LCD to plug into when I need more viewing area.