Apple refreshes MacBook line overnight

Apple refreshed their MacBook overnight, providing consumers with the latest and greatest MacBook to date.  The MacBook was updated without warning, although rumours spread last week of a possible refresh coming soon, which has proven to be true.

The new MacBook features an LED-backlit, 13.3-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, glossy widescreen display.  The new LED screen is greener than ever, free of harmful toxins such as mercury and is made of arsenic-free glass.

The MacBook comes equipped with a specially-made for Apple, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor, which offers up to 1.8x performance boost over previous generations MacBook's.  The new NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor will see greater performance in games like Doom and Call of Duty 4, when compared with previous MacBook's with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processors.

Its built-in, non-removal battery, offers up to 10 hours per charge, and up to 1000 recharges in its lifetime.  With the new energy-efficient NVIDIA graphics processor and the LED-backlit screen, consumers will see improved performance and longer lasting battery life than previous MacBook's.  That's approximately five years of typical use; lasting nearly three times longer than previous MacBook's.

The refreshed MacBook offers a glass multi-touch trackpad, allowing for gestures, including pinch, swipe, and rotate with just your finger-tips.  Each MacBook also comes with an iSight camera, so you can video chat with friends and family anywhere in the world.

MacBook comes standard with MagSafe power adapter, which uses a magnetic connection to power the device.  It also comes with gigabit ethernet, mini displayport - supporting Apple LED Cinema Display, VGA, DVI and HDMI connections -, two USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out, and a kensington lock slot.  The other side offers a CD and DVD burner.

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M_Lyons10 said,
The screens before this had arsenic in them? Who knew... lol

So, it means that everyone who really loves Apples can lick their screens without becoming ill?

Hmm.. what flavour is this screen? Is it Apple? Nope, Cherry? guess again. Camel Saliva? Bingo!

Wonder what they replaced the arsenic with.

Dinggus said,
When should I buy myself a MacBook or iMac?

If you're looking for a MacBook, go for them now. If you want an iMac, I would wait, as they are due for a similar refresh soon.

NeoTrunks said,

If you're looking for a MacBook, go for them now. If you want an iMac, I would wait, as they are due for a similar refresh soon.

Any timeline when they'll be refreshed? I plan on selling my laptop for a macbook or iMac.

Whilst in the US its remained at $999, in the UK it has risen from £799 to £849, WTF is that about? Very unfair pricing by Apple, keeping it the same in one part of the world but increasing elsewhere, cheeky *******. Why should UK residents pay more? This is just classic rip off Britain.

J400uk said,
Whilst in the US its remained at $999, in the UK it has risen from £799 to £849, WTF is that about? Very unfair pricing by Apple, keeping it the same in one part of the world but increasing elsewhere, cheeky *******. Why should UK residents pay more? This is just classic rip off Britain.

Its been £849 for absolute ages

This post reads like a straight-from-press-release advertisement for Apple.

Can't you try and have some even slightly impartial reporting? Neowin's quality is slipping!

i rather a PC with linux. HP notebooks look nice, are cheaper, have more power, and linux is all i need if i want that non-windows look n feel. Or id just make a hackintosh for cheaps

neufuse said,
but still lacking blu-ray drives......

They follow Microsoft's footsteps which doesn't support blu-ray with xbox.

ilev said,

They follow Microsoft's footsteps which doesn't support blu-ray with xbox.

We aren't in 2006 anymore...

undu said,
We aren't in 2006 anymore...

So? in 2010 Microsoft removed the ban on Blu-ray ?

Edited by ilev, May 19 2010, 5:28am :

Its not going to matter how much GPU or CPU power they throw at games on the Mac. The problems with Macs and gaming isn't the hardware, its always been the OS. OSX has poor hardware acceleration which is what DirectX allows games to have in Windows. That is why even with duplicate hardware the Intel Mac sucks at gaming vs a Windows PC. Yet Mac's cost more. What do you get for all that extra money? Pretty?!

TechieXP said,
Its not going to matter how much GPU or CPU power they throw at games on the Mac. The problems with Macs and gaming isn't the hardware, its always been the OS. OSX has poor hardware acceleration which is what DirectX allows games to have in Windows. That is why even with duplicate hardware the Intel Mac sucks at gaming vs a Windows PC. Yet Mac's cost more. What do you get for all that extra money? Pretty?!
OpenGL is almost on par with DirectX (not quite but good enough). The problem right now is the graphics drivers which are being worked on

undu said,
In Spain it now costs 100€ more, 979€

So yes, it has.

Yea but it's unchanged in the US store, any changes would most likely due to falling/rising currencies

zeta_immersion said,
Non removable battery?! ... is that wise? .. then again if you don't want.like it, then don't buy it ...

nice upgrade

Apples MO. If the battery dies, send it back to them and they will send you a refurbed replacement.

zeta_immersion said,
Non removable battery?! ... is that wise? .. then again if you don't want.like it, then don't buy it ...

nice upgrade

Find me a laptop with a removable battery that last 10 hrs

Rudy said,
Find me a laptop with a removable battery that last 10 hrs

*shows you his netbook*

HP also has laptops that last 10hrs on batteries

Edited by techbeck, May 18 2010, 5:12pm :

zeta_immersion said,
Non removable battery?! ... is that wise? .. then again if you don't want.like it, then don't buy it ...

nice upgrade

I think you can remove the battery. It's just a lot more hassle than it was in the past.

archer75 said,
did they seriously say better performance in Doom?!
It's probably Doom3?

edit: yea on apple.ca it says Doom 3

Edited by Rudy, May 18 2010, 5:38pm :

thealexweb said,
2 USB ports? my entry level laptop came with 5.
That's why macs look nice and slick while pcs most of the time end up looking clunky and messy.
On a laptop you will most likely only use 2-3 ports while on the go

Rudy said,
That's why macs look nice and slick while pcs most of the time end up looking clunky and messy.
On a laptop you will most likely only use 2-3 ports while on the go

I prefer having more functionality rather than having my laptop look pretty

thealexweb said,

I prefer having more functionality rather than having my laptop look pretty

When are you going to use FIVE usb device while on the go AT THE SAME TIME. Sounds more like marketing to me than actual functionality

thealexweb said,

I prefer having more functionality rather than having my laptop look pretty

Exactly...buy for functionality not because its all shiny and looks cool.

Edited by techbeck, May 18 2010, 5:33pm :

Rudy said,
When are you going to use FIVE usb device while on the go AT THE SAME TIME. Sounds more like marketing to me than actual functionality

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

You can attach a mini USB hub with 8 ports for $1

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

You should consider getting a nice highspeed USB hub for your desk, it would make "docking" and "undocking" much easier

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

I'm in chemistry right now, disregarding something about enthalpies, and I know for a fact that my teacher up front has a macbook something or other and there are several cords lying around that he has to continually swap out due to lack of ports.

ilev said,

You can attach a mini USB hub with 8 ports for $1

But that takes away the precious coolness factor of the Mac...haha..whatever. Why must you buy something else when it should come with it.

techbeck said,

But that takes away the precious coolness factor of the Mac...haha..whatever. Why must you buy something else when it should come with it.

Because you'd only plug/unplug one cable instead of 5-8? Simplicity my friend

Rudy said,
Because you'd only plug/unplug one cable instead of 5-8? Simplicity my friend

Thats why i normally use my docking station. Plus, not everything works through a USB hub.

When I travel and use my laptop, there are times I need to use a flash drive, external, printer, camera, or something else. Why lug around extra hardware and cable when it is built in.

techbeck said,

When I travel and use my laptop, there are times I need to use a flash drive, external, printer, camera, or something else. Why lug around extra hardware and cable when it is built in.
Most likely when traveling you won't be using them all at the same time... but whatever works for you

techbeck said,

But that takes away the precious coolness factor of the Mac...haha..whatever. Why must you buy something else when it should come with it.

Seems to me that unplugging one USB device is better than unplugging 5 all the time.

I'm not sure I understand the need to argue about it. Clearly different people have different needs. Thank god for our free market that allows there to be enough selection that people CAN get what they need.

Shadrack said,
I'm not sure I understand the need to argue about it. Clearly different people have different needs. Thank god for our free market that allows there to be enough selection that people CAN get what they need.

It has to do with Apple so someone had to come and troll.

I forgot who said it a few weeks ago on some other Apple news: Come for the headline, stay for the comments.

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

You could save yourself a lot of time and hassle plugging and unplugging by having all of that stuff plugged into a USB hub and simply plug that in when you get to your desk.

Nevermind, I see it has already been discussed, and it seems you simply want to make things harder on yourself.

Edited by roadwarrior, May 18 2010, 6:05pm :

techbeck said,

Thats why i normally use my docking station. Plus, not everything works through a USB hub.

When I travel and use my laptop, there are times I need to use a flash drive, external, printer, camera, or something else. Why lug around extra hardware and cable when it is built in.

Do you travel with a printer? ... I had a laptop with 4 ports and I'v never used all of them at the same time.... I have no problem with 2 ports on my macbook, if I need more I would just get a usb-hub than getting a laptop that is big and ugly because of 2 extra ports

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

And you do realize that the MacBook comes with blu tooth which means you don't need cables to attach the mouse or keyboard to it. On top of that, an external printer can be set up using a wireless router/hub which you more than likely have unless you don't have wireless internet at your work at all, in which case you have a physical line which again, can be set up on the network. Thus, no printer cable to the laptop. That leaves you with a Camera and a Flash drive. 2 devices, to ports. That didn't take much thought now did it.

techbeck said,

Do you realize that people use their laptops as their main systems and to carry around? I know for work I have a laptop and I have a USB keyboard/mouse, USB from my monitor, printer, scanner, external drive, and a couple other things so I use all my USB ports. When I take my laptop offsite, I dont have a use for any of the USB devices but thats the only time.

As stated above,

Bluetooth for keyboard & mouse.
Get a wireless printer & drive.
Use MiniDP for a monitor.

There I solved the issue for you, you now use NO USB ports/cables and have a much less cluttered desk.

I really don't understand people. I strive for my iMac to be completely wireless minus the power cord. I can't stand clutter and tangled wires on my desk.

I only wish for wireless iPhone syncing so that I don't have to have that cord plugged in 24/7.

Edited by Binary, May 18 2010, 9:34pm :

Why USB 2.0? USB 3.0 is so much faster and we're starting to see PC manufacturers releasing laptops and desktops with USB 3.0. If these Mac's are supposed to be bleeding edge and for multimedia applications wouldn't USB 3.0 make more sense? Backing up multiple TB of data over USB 2.0 is painful and firewire is going the way of the dodo. I suppose you could say that USB 3.0 is TOO bleeding edge but if other manufacturers out there are able to pull it off today then why can't the mighty Apple?

Tim Dawg said,
Why USB 2.0? USB 3.0 is so much faster and we're starting to see PC manufacturers releasing laptops and desktops with USB 3.0. If these Mac's are supposed to be bleeding edge and for multimedia applications wouldn't USB 3.0 make more sense? Backing up multiple TB of data over USB 2.0 is painful and firewire is going the way of the dodo. I suppose you could say that USB 3.0 is TOO bleeding edge but if other manufacturers out there are able to pull it off today then why can't the mighty Apple?

USB 3.0 is a stillborn. Apple with Intel are going Light Peak : http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...ps-transfer-only-beginning/

Tim Dawg said,
Why USB 2.0? USB 3.0 is so much faster and we're starting to see PC manufacturers releasing laptops and desktops with USB 3.0. If these Mac's are supposed to be bleeding edge and for multimedia applications wouldn't USB 3.0 make more sense? Backing up multiple TB of data over USB 2.0 is painful and firewire is going the way of the dodo. I suppose you could say that USB 3.0 is TOO bleeding edge but if other manufacturers out there are able to pull it off today then why can't the mighty Apple?
There's no point, USB3 will most likely die before it becomes popular. LightPeak will most likely be the next standard we'll use

excalpius said,
Yawn. Wake me when there's a MacBook Pro refresh.
They had one a month ago.... and they get updated on average every 200 days....

Last Release April 13, 2010
Avg = 208

A friend with a Mac was over at my house last night and so I played with the Mac for a little bit. I have to say that there are some very neat features on a Mac that are not found out of the box on a Windows PC. Things like Spaces, or the multi-touch trackpad, the UI Eye Candy. They are all very neat. I found it even more interesting that she was able to tell me what it was and how to use it. For example the Spaces program is really just the multiple desktops that you find on most Linux systems. I would not have thought for a second that a common user would know what this is or even how to customize it, but Apple has done a good job of making it friendly. Apple has done a good job of taking something as complex as Unix and making it user friendly. If these products weren't so expensive I would probably pick one up.

spartyjohnson said,
A friend with a Mac was over at my house last night and so I played with the Mac for a little bit. I have to say that there are some very neat features on a Mac that are not found out of the box on a Windows PC. Things like Spaces, or the multi-touch trackpad, the UI Eye Candy. They are all very neat. I found it even more interesting that she was able to tell me what it was and how to use it. For example the Spaces program is really just the multiple desktops that you find on most Linux systems. I would not have thought for a second that a common user would know what this is or even how to customize it, but Apple has done a good job of making it friendly. Apple has done a good job of taking something as complex as Unix and making it user friendly. If these products weren't so expensive I would probably pick one up.

That's really what it's about when buying a Mac. It's not for everyone, but to those who prefer it, it's worth the price.

spartyjohnson said,
A friend with a Mac was over at my house last night and so I played with the Mac for a little bit. I have to say that there are some very neat features on a Mac that are not found out of the box on a Windows PC. Things like Spaces, or the multi-touch trackpad, the UI Eye Candy. They are all very neat. I found it even more interesting that she was able to tell me what it was and how to use it. For example the Spaces program is really just the multiple desktops that you find on most Linux systems. I would not have thought for a second that a common user would know what this is or even how to customize it, but Apple has done a good job of making it friendly. Apple has done a good job of taking something as complex as Unix and making it user friendly. If these products weren't so expensive I would probably pick one up.

I have an Inspiron 11z laptop that runs Windows 7, and it has a multi-touch trackpad. I don't really like Apple equipment as a whole, but they do make some nice looking hardware, and this MacBook is no exception.

mkvans said,

I have an Inspiron 11z laptop that runs Windows 7, and it has a multi-touch trackpad. I don't really like Apple equipment as a whole, but they do make some nice looking hardware, and this MacBook is no exception.

That is actually something I would like to see. I absolutely abhor using other notebooks just because of the substandard trackpads on them (meaning they are the same thing we've seen for years). It's no wonder that everyone at my job with a Dell or some other notebook uses a USB mouse at all times. I, the only one with the MacBook Pro, uses just the trackpad. It'd be nice to see how one of those works in Windows 7.

NeoTrunks said,

That is actually something I would like to see. I absolutely abhor using other notebooks just because of the substandard trackpads on them (meaning they are the same thing we've seen for years). It's no wonder that everyone at my job with a Dell or some other notebook uses a USB mouse at all times. I, the only one with the MacBook Pro, uses just the trackpad. It'd be nice to see how one of those works in Windows 7.

I never noticed that about myself. After reading your post I realized that on my Toshiba, I always have a usb mouse. My MBP, I always use the trackpad. Works just as well in Windows 7 as it does in OSX. I have both on it with bootcamp.

peacemf said,
hdmi support????????????????? how?

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder if the mini display port got a revision or something. It would be awesome if the hdmi adapters work with existing macs. Although I wouldn't have much of a use.

Edited by Shadrack, May 18 2010, 4:03pm :

Shadrack said,

I was wondering the same thing. I wonder if the mini display port got a revision or something. It would be awesome if the hdmi adapters work with existing macs. Although I wouldn't have much of a use.

The latest Macbook Pro refresh did the same thing. The Mini-Displayport on the newest MBPs and MBs supports audio out, so a straight miniDP to HDMI cable will work for both audio and video.

Stetson said,

The latest Macbook Pro refresh did the same thing. The Mini-Displayport on the newest MBPs and MBs supports audio out, so a straight miniDP to HDMI cable will work for both audio and video.

I see. So the adapter wouldn't work with older models.

Sawyer12 said,
Looks the same, Just a slight hardware update.
They do that all the time.

And the macbook line is just their way of being able to say they have a laptop for less than $1000. You really should go for the 13" mbp, it's worth the extra

Rudy said,
They do that all the time.

And the macbook line is just their way of being able to say they have a laptop for less than $1000. You really should go for the 13" mbp, it's worth the extra

About that, what is the difference between the 13" mb and the 13" mbp? Is it just an aluminium unibody enclosure (which makes it more durable), or is there something else?

Seqian Wang said,

About that, what is the difference between the 13" mb and the 13" mbp? Is it just an aluminium unibody enclosure (which makes it more durable), or is there something else?


- Aluminum case (well worth it on it's own)
- SD Card slot (meh)
- Much better screen
- 4GB of ram

Rudy said,

- Aluminum case (well worth it on it's own)
- SD Card slot (meh)
- Much better screen
- 4GB of ram

You forgot back lite keyboard, that is a big plus for the MBP 13" (well I think it is anyway)

Rudy said,

- Aluminum case (well worth it on it's own)
- SD Card slot (meh)
- Much better screen
- 4GB of ram
The 13" MB and MBP have the same LED-backlit 1280x800 screen.

The other major differences:

- The MB can only go to 4 GB of RAM (gets 2 GB standard). MBP can go to 8 GB.
- No Firewire port in MB.
- MB is both slightly larger and slightly heavier (not by much though).

I read this straight off their storefront: http://store.apple.com/us/brow...mily/macbook?mco=OTY2ODEwOQ

Select "Compare" below and you can quickly spot the few differences.

Overall, for an average user, the MB is a much better buy compared to the equivalent MBP. It's much better than the second tier 13" MBP, which receives a modest 0.26 GHz clockspeed increase for a not-so-modest $300. Specifically, an SD card reader is only useful if you take a lot of photos on-the-go. Otherwise, you can spend $15 and get an SD card reader and leave it at home. FireWire is on its way out the door. Finally, if you're buying a C2D chipped computer (versus the big brother: Core iX), then you probably don't need 8 GB of RAM.