Apple just announced marvelously attractive new unibody aluminum MacBooks with LED backlighting, a Multi-touch trackpad, and NVIDA graphics for $1299 and $1599. Apple has the details at:
No Firewire port though. Those into heavy audio/video work may not be happy about that.
They’ve kept one of white plastic models in production, dropping the price $100 to $999. If your budget is tight, that should mean even better prices from Apple’s refurb stock soon. The best current price is $849.
You can find details about the new MacBook Pro models at:
A bit more features, especially in graphics, for substantially more money, $1999 and $2499. The appearance of the two lines is now virtually identical but for the screen size. And for those who’re wondering, a 13-in screen is more than enough for Scrivener.
There’s also a new LED Cinema display designed to mate well with a laptop, including a Mag-Safe power cable.
I can’t give more details because Apple’s US store is so heavily loaded, I keep getting an “Error Serving Request” message when I try to go there.
No super-small netbook model though. My hunch is that, if Apple ever does one, it’ll have iPhone-like touch screen features and more flash memory than most, so it can run OS-X well.
My own comments: Judging by the pictures, these new MacBooks look really beautiful, so I suspect they’ll grow Apple’s laptop share even more. You might get a good deal on a used MacBook from someone eager to upgrade to one of these beauties.
The aggressive pricing (for Apple) must be what Apple meant when it told investors a few months back that their profits would be taking a hit this quarter. My hunch is that the new price only makes sense for Apple’s bottom line if they sell a lot of them, grabbing a still larger market share. Microsoft will not be happy at that. No, not happy at all.
Feel free to comment on these new models, any accessories you find useful with your current MacBook, and any handy tips on using Scrivener with a laptop.
–Michael W. Perry, Inkling Books, Seattle