Apple Introduces New MacBook Model - MC240

The Mac maker has again beefed up its entry-level laptop without any warning

  The White, polycarbonate (plastic) MacBook
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Apple has quietly introduced a new MacBook model, labeled MC240. This is the second time this year the company beefs up its legacy, White polycarbonate MacBook, this time shipping the system with faster RAM (2GB DDR2, now runs at 800MHz) and storage capacity (160GB HDD), as well as a faster processor (2.13GHz Core 2 Duo).

The laptop in question is the same White polycarbonate model Apple touts as being its most popular Mac. Thanks to the bump in RAM and processor speed (and probably some additional under-the-hood changes), Apple has stamped this model with a “MC240” label, as revealed in the laptop's Environmental Report (download PDF). The White MacBook is at its second upgrade of the kind, following the inclusion of an updated graphics card (the NVIDIA 9400M) earlier this year.

As noted above, Apple has done the upgrading quietly (again), while keeping the $999 price for what is the most attractive standard configuration ever to come out of Cupertino. It is taking orders immediately through its online store.

MacBook (Model MC240) standard configuration

· 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed;
· 1066MHz frontside bus;
· 2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB;
· 160GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 250GB, 320GB, or 500GB 5400-rpm drive4;
· 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
· NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory.

The system comes preloaded with Mac OS X Leopard, which includes iLife ’09 (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD).

“MacBook has more than enough power to get you through your day — at home, at school, or at work — thanks to its impressive Intel Core 2 Duo processor,” Apple says on its website. “Powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics provide outstanding performance for playing the latest 3D games and creating and enjoying media with iLife,” the company adds.

Visit Apple here for a closer look at the company's most popular Mac, and to place your own order immediately.

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By    27 May 2009, 13:31 GMT