Apple Upgrades MacBook Line

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San Francisco — In addition to the frenzy surrounding Apple’s latest iPhone, the company also revamped its MacBook Pro line.

However, despite rampant industry rumors, the company did not unveil a netbook.

The most hyped feature is the inclusion of Apple’s built-in battery across the entire line that the company said delivers seven hours of power. The power source was first introduced on the 17-inch MacBook earlier this year.

Apple unveiled new 13-, 15- and 17-inch models. All are upgrades of previously existing units.

The 13-inch has an SD card slot, Firewire 800 port, an illuminated keyboard, improved back-lit LED display and Nvidia graphics. Two versions are available: one with an Intel 2.26 GHz processor for $1,199, and the second with a 2.53GHz processor for 1,499.

The first model specs include 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM (expandable to 8GB), Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, 160GB hard drive, an 8x DVD SuperDrive and a built-in video camera. The step-up has the faster processor, 4GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive.

Several additional options for the 13-inch models are available through Apple’s configure-to-order (CTO) program, including 128GB and 256GB solid-state storage systems and 320GB and 500GB 5,400 rpm hard drives.

The three 15.4-inch models use an Intel 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processors and have suggested retails of $1,699, $1,999 and $2,299, but otherwise have the same feature set as the smaller-screened models. Through the CTO program customers can order 7,200 rpm versions of the same capacity hard drives.

The top-end 17-inch notebook has a 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia GeForce 9600M discrete graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 video memory for $2,499.

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