Product Notes: Apple MacBook
February 27th, 2008
On February 26th, 2008, Apple announced updates to its MacBook notebook line. Specific changes to the MacBook include Intel's recently introduced Penryn microprocessors and larger hard drive sizes at all three price points.
This update follows a previous MacBook update in November 2007 and demonstrates Apple's continued strategy of incremental but steady upgrades to its consumer notebook platform. The MacBook meets or exceeds the Lightweight Notebook and Value Notebook specifications in the newly-revised Notebook Computer Purchasing Guide (the low-end MacBook requires a RAM upgrade to meet the Value Notebook specification).
Like all other current Apple notebooks, the MacBook has received a Silver rating from EPEAT and is Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Configuration & Ordering Notes
Several notes when ordering a MacBook:
ISC sees the MacBook as being a solid choice among value notebooks available in early 2008. It also remains Apple's only relatively lightweight choice for Mac OS users who want an onboard optical drive. Continuing increases in the standard specifications have once again dropped the barrier to entry for appropriately configured models.
MacBook graphic courtesy of Apple
--John Mulhern III, Senior Project Leader, ISC Technology Support Services (February 27th, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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