Without wishing to sound like a fanboy, I really like Apple's MacBook range and find a good few minutes of every pay day sacrifice themselves to the ritual of resisting the allure. It is with some sarcasm then that I thank you Apple for making that even harder this month by belatedly updating the range to Intel's Santa Rosa platform, long after everyone else has made the switch.
The changes are, actually, fairly basic. Front-side bus speed is now upped to 800MHz, from the previous 667MHz, while the base MacBook still gets the same 2.0GHz processor with the faster option now up from 2.16GHz to 2.2GHz: hardly revolutionary. The MacBook Pro, incidentally, now has the option of a 2.6GHz chip, for a premium. On the graphics side, though, things have taken a marked turn for the better, with the old Intel GMA 950 usurped by the far-superior GMA X3100. Hard drive options are also slightly better, with the maximum capacity now improved to 250GB and the 4200rpm drives replaced with 5400rpm models.
All in all the changes are fairly minor, but cumulatively they should make the new MacBooks perform better, while boasting longer battery lives and possibly operating cooler as well. With competing offerings, for example the Dell XPS M1330, starting to come close to rivalling Apple's design team, there isn't any harm in bringing the range up to date.
So far the update is only showing on the US store, but we expect it to traverse the Atlantic pretty soon.