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Apple Upgrades MacBook, Battery Life Bumped to 10 Hours

Gordon Kelly


Apple Upgrades MacBook, Battery Life Bumped to 10 Hours

Talk of a MacBook upgrade surfaced over the weekend and given Apple now seems just as incapable of holding onto its secrets as every other tech company out there, the rumours were confirmed today...

Consequently what we have is a refreshed MacBook with a CPU bump from a 2.26GHz to a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (still not Core i3/i5) and improved graphics courtesy of an Nvidia GeForce 320M (up from a GeForce 9400M - the same GPU as used in the Nvidia Ion chipset for netbooks and nettops).

The real talking point, however, is a massive jump in battery life with Apple claiming the new MacBook can last a whopping 10 hours from a single charge. This would make it the first mainstream laptop I know to hit double digits using its standard battery. Yes Apple's moulded, non-removable batteries have come in for criticism, but it is increasingly hard to deny their effectiveness.

Elsewhere the MacBook remains unchanged with the LED backlit 13.3in still stuck at a 1280 x 800 native resolution and the base package still bundles 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB HDD, an 8x DVD rewriter and just two USB 2.0 ports.

On the plus side, the MacBook remains Apple's cheapest laptop with prices starting from £849, but that's still a lot of money compared to those who are happy to boot their machines with anything other than Mac OS X. Like most Apple product announcements, it's out now.

In related news GQ has made the somewhat shocking announcement that it has sold just 365 copies of its specially formatted debut iPad issue making it the princely sum of $1,091.35 (£753.14). Even more surprising is these figures currently have it top of the iPad magazines sales chart.

And adding to another level of surrealism, GQ is seemingly happy with this figure saying in an interview with Min Online: "This costs us nothing extra: no printing or postage. Everything is profit, and I look forward to the time when iPad issue sales become a major component to our circulation."

So clearly developer codes are free?! All in all, very odd indeed.

Link: Apple MacBook

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