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Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 10:00 am PT (01:00 pm ET)

Apple refreshes 17-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

As an aside Tuesday, Apple also announced that it's refreshing both MacBook Air and the 17-inch MacBook Pro, though both systems will largely retain their existing industrials designs.

MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air, which continues to weigh in at 3 pounds and measure only 0.16-inches at its thinnest point and 0.76-inches at its thickets, now includes the new NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset and a faster architecture to provide robust support for 3D games and enhanced performance.

New models will start at $1,799 and be made available with a 120GB 4200 rpm hard drive when they go on sale in November, a 50 percent increase from the previous generation, or a new 128GB solid state drive. Like the new 13-inch MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air also includes a next generation, industry-standard Mini DisplayPort to connect with the new 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display.

The new Mini DisplayPort delivers a pure digital signal that can drive up to a 30-inch widescreen display, and is ultra-compact at just 10 percent the size of a full DVI connector.

The 1.6 GHz MacBook Air is priced at $1,799 and includes:
  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit high resolution 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 120GB serial ATA hard drive running at 4200 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • one USB 2.0 port;
  • one headphone port;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 1.86 GHz MacBook Air will sell for $2,499 and include:
  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 1.86 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 128GB solid state drive;
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • one USB 2.0 port;
  • one headphone port;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 45 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.


MacBook Air


Build-to-order options and accessories for the MacBook Air include the MacBook Air SuperDrive, Apple USB Ethernet Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple Remote and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

17-inch MacBook Pro

Meanwhile, the updated 17-inch MacBook Pro keeps its original aluminum design, and now comes standard with a high resolution 1920 x 1200 LED-backlit display and a larger 320GB hard drive or an optional 128GB solid state drive.

The 2.5GHz 17-inch MacBook Pro will retail for $2,799 and include:
  • 17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200 glossy display;
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache;
  • 800 MHz front-side bus;
  • 4GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 512MB with GDDR3 video memory;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • DVI output port for video output (VGA adapter included);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • three USB 2.0 ports;
  • one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;
  • ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
  • one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog;
  • Multi-Touch trackpad and illuminated keyboard; and
  • 85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the 17-inch MacBook Pro include a 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 320GB 7200 rpm hard drive, a 128GB solid state drive, anti-glare display, Apple USB Modem, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.