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Apple completes shift to Intel chips with MacBook

Posted: 19 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Gregg Keizer? Apple Computer? Intel's Core Duo chip? MacBook Pro?

Apple Computer announced that it has finished its shift to Intel processors in its portable line as it introduced a trio of MacBook models that replaced the aged PowerPC-based iBook.

The new MacBook is powered by Intel's Core Duo chip, sports a 13.3-inch screen, and like the bigger MacBook Pro, is equipped with a built-in Web camera. Unlike the Pro, however, the MacBook lacks a dedicated graphics processor; instead, it relies on the Intel chipset's integrated graphics engine and takes a portion of system memory for graphics RAM.

Priced between $1,099 and $1,499, the MacBook replaces the consumer-oriented iBook (which was priced starting at $999) and the business-style 12-inch PowerBook G4, which have been removed from Apple's online store.

Also Tuesday, Apple swapped faster processors in its MacBook Pro line-up, dropping the 1.83MHz Core Duo and replacing it with a 2GHz processor in the lowest-priced $1,999 Pro. The $2,499 model's CPU was also bumped up from 2GHz to 2.16GHz. All MacBook Pro models can now also be ordered with a glossy widescreen 15- or 17-inch display at no extra charge.

"Apple began the transition to Intel Core Duo-based notebooks in February with the 15-inch MacBook Pro, and now just 90 days later we have completed the transition," boasted Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP of product marketing.

The new MacBook and the updated MacBook Pro are available immediately at retail and direct from Apple.

- Gregg Keizer

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