Apple Updates MacBook with LED-Backlight, Glass Trackpad, 7 Hour Battery ➝

Unibody Polycarbonate MacBook

From Apple Hot News:

Apple today updated its popular MacBook with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. Inheriting technology and design features from the MacBook Pro line, the new MacBook is an ideal consumer notebook for students and new Mac users, and is available for $999.

Apple has released a redesigned polycarbonate MacBook. With this update Apple has brought the unibody design and the glass trackpad of the MacBook Pro to the MacBook. The MacBook has lost the removable battery in favor of a seven hour integrated battery.

The MacBook ships today for $999 with the following:

  • 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB of share L2 cache
  • 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 250GB hard drive

Apple – MacBook – The $999 notebook, completely redesigned..

Mac mini with OS X Server and Multi-Touch Trackpad for Desktop Macs
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Update 10/20/09: Engadget has a great gallery unboxing and showing off the new MacBook.

Update 10/22/09: MacRumors notices a couple of interesting things found in iFixit’s MacBook teardown.

  • There is no external indicator of battery charge state.
  • There is no infrared port, meaning that the new model is incompatible with Apple Remotes.

The removal of the external battery indicator is the biggest deal in my opinion. I still have my original MacBook from 2006 and use its battery indicator all the time. Now that I’ve owned one, I can’t imagine purchasing a notebook without this feature.