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Apple's Intel notebooks to be faster than expected

Posted: 17 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gregg Keizer? Apple Computer? Intel? notebook? processor?

Apple Computer will start shipping its first Intel-based notebook this week, but with faster processors than originally announced when Steve Jobs introduced the new Macs last month.

The $2,499 MacBook Pro, which now sports a 2GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz processor, will ship later this week, Apple said. The less expensive $1,999 MacBook Pro, meanwhile, will be powered by a 1.83GHz Core Duo, not the 1.67GHz processor originally specified. That model will begin shipping next week.

Customers can also custom order a MacBook Pro with the 2.16GHz Core Duo for an additional $300.

Both models feature a 15.4-inch display, a DVDRW/CD-RW optical drive, either 512MB or 1GB of memory, and a hard drive with either 80GB or 100GB capacity. Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity are included, and the laptops are bundled with Mac OS X 10.4.4.

Although Apple executives warned of possible MacBook Pro shortages shortly after its introduction, the ship date slipped only slightly. Originally, Apple had said it would start shipping the notebooks Feb. 15; the lower-priced notebook will ship approximately a week later than that.

According to the online Apple store, customers ordering now should expect 3- to 4-week delays.

- Gregg Keizer
TechWeb News

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