• Apple Releases MacBook Refresh in the Dead of Night

    Well, the Vietnamese leak profiled here last week by Michael Essany was the real thing: Apple quietly updated their website overnight to show a refreshed low-end white MacBook. The specs of the new computer were exactly as previewed by the leak, with the entry-level notebook getting improved processor power, graphics and battery capacity at the same price: $999 US.

    The new MacBook, which is available immediately, now has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4 GHz. It also features the same GeForce 320M graphics processing unit. which NVIDIA made especially for Apple, that's found in the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 320M (not to be confused with the GeForce GT 320M) uses system rather than dedicated memory, which cuts performance but imporoves power consumption. The new MacBook also gets the 63.5-watt-hour battery from the MacBook Pro, which should give 10 hours of cordless use. And the new MagSafe connector, which leads the power cord behind the computer rather than out to the side, has also made its way down from the refreshed MacBook Pro line.

    Apple's vaunted (and feared) secrecy apparatus appears to be developing a few chinks in its armor these days: the Vietnamese Tinhte site which broke the news of the MacBook refresh also claimed to have a fourth-generation iPhone last week.
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