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Apple WWDC '09: new MacBooks, Snow Leopard and iPhone 3GS unveiled

by Parm Mann on 8 June 2009, 21:06

Tags: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, iPhone 3GS, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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After plenty of hype and speculation, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was launched earlier today by Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller.

The San Francisco event began with the launch of a range of revised and lower-priced MacBook Pro notebooks. Starting today, Apple will be making available its MacBook Pro in a smaller-than-ever 13in form factor, bringing the introductory price down to £899.

The 13in system, pictured above with its unibody shell, features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of memory, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, a 160GB hard drive and an all-new non-removable lithium-polymer battery that provides up to seven hours of operation from a single charge.

Apple's entire MacBook Pro range now breaks down as follows:

 

13-inch MacBook Pro
15-inch MacBook Pro
17-inch MacBook Pro
Main features
Precision aluminium unibody
Up to 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
Multi-Touch trackpad
Precision aluminium unibody
Up to 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
Multi-Touch trackpad
High-performance graphics
Precision aluminium unibody
Up to 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
17-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
Multi-Touch trackpad
High-performance graphics
Specifications
2.26GHz, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
2GB or 4GB memory
160GB or 250GB 5400-rpm hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor
2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
4GB memory
250GB, 320GB, or 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with 256MB or 512MB GDDR3 memory (select models)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor
2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
4GB memory
500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor with 512MB GDDR3 memory
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor
Display
13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1280 by 800 pixels
15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1440 by 900 pixels
17-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (anti-glare option available)
1920 by 1200 pixels
Other Features
MagSafe power port
Two USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
Mini DisplayPort
iSight camera
Full-size, backlit keyboard
SD card slot
SuperDrive
MagSafe power port
Two USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
Mini DisplayPort
iSight camera
Full-size, backlit keyboard
SD card slot
SuperDrive
MagSafe power port
Three USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
Mini DisplayPort
iSight camera
Full-size, backlit keyboard
ExpressCard/34 slot
SuperDrive
Price From £899 From £1,299 From £1,849

Continuing with its price-cutting agenda, Apple also slashed the cost of its ultra-thin MacBook Air - the system now starts at £1,149.