Glossy Screen Also Available on MacBookPro

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 15:05
Category: MacBook Pro

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The new MacBook’s “glossy screen” is now also a no charge Configure To Order (CTO) option on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Would you prefer the normal (matte) or the glossy display?

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Apple Quietly Speed-Bumps MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

With today’s announcement of the MacBook consumer notebooks (a.k.a. “WhiteBook” and “BlackBook”) comes another surprise: Apple has quietly speed-bumped the processors in the original MacBook Pro announced in January. They’ve dropped the 1.83GHz configuration and now offer 2.0 and 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo configurations standard for the same price. All other specs seem to be the same.

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The Apple Core: Apple releases Intel-based iBook successor

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 09:39
Category: The Apple Core

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As expected, Apple this morning announced the high anticipated successor to the iBook notebook computer. The new MacBook (no “Pro”) is available for ordering today from the Apple online store and it comes in polycarbonate black or white, just like the iPod.
Three configurations are available…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Announces MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 08:22
Category: MacBook

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It’s official folks! After much speculation and last week’s false start the iBook replacement is finally real. Apple just updated their Web site with all the details of the MacBook. Check it out!

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Apple Store – Back “Within the Hour”

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 07:35
Category: retail

apple_store_backsoon.jpgThe Apple Online Store is closed, but will be back within the hour. It’s probably the new MacBook replacement for the iBook… Stay tuned.

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17″ MacBook Pro vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz Desktop

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 07:00
Category: MacBook Pro

From xlr8yourmac.com:
17″ MBP 2GB 7200 100GB vs G5 Dual 2.7GHz 8GB [hard drive unspecified]
Boot time to desktop:
Dual G5: 36 sec
MacBook Pro: 8-11 sec
iDVD 30 min DV to DVD and burn:
Dual G5: 36 min
MacBook Pro: 39 min
1080P trailer playback 3 movies simultaneous 24 FPS:
Dual G5: 18 FPS
MacBook Pro: 10.4 FPS
MS Word load 4000 pg document with photos 170MB:
Dual 2.7GHz G5: 19.4 sec
MacBook Pro: 32 sec
MacBook Pro running Windows vs Dell XPS
Half Life 2 video test:
MBP: 114
XPS: 104
Quake 3:
MBP: 281
XPS: 277
G5: 364
Unreal Tournament 2004:
MBP: 95
XPS: 86
G5: 64
Oblivion Impressions:
MBP: Smooth as silk in the dungeons, outside a little choppy when looking into the distance (fog not working, odd shadows).
XPS: Smooth but “chuggy” in dungeons, outside 10-15fps but playable (looks normal).
Conclusion
The MacBook Pro has more than enough power to play the latest PC games and compares well to the Dual G5 when running Mac universal applications.
When compared to the Dell XPS, the MacBook Pro looks better, is cheaper, two pounds lighter, boasts a higher res screen, is faster by 10%, and (best of all) can run both Mac and PC apps.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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