Apple Drops New Notebooks And Displays…. Fanbois Cream Their Jeans [UPDATED]

At a religious experience for Apple Fanbois press event today, Apple announced a bunch of new products. First, here’s the highlights of the new MacBook:

  • Unibody enclosure
  • Mini DisplayPort for Video out
  • NVIDIA 9400M graphics that uses on board memory for video RAM
  • LED-backlit displays
  • Glass Multi-Touch trackpad with new Multi-Touch gestures
  • All displays are glossy

There are two variants available:

  • 13.3″ Glossy Display, 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 160GB HD.
  • 13.3″ Glossy Display, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 250GB HD.

More details available at http://www.apple.com/macbook/. It should be noted that the white entry level MacBook will remain in the lineup and drop in price.

Next up, the MacBook Pro:

  • Unibody enclosure
  • Mini DisplayPort for Video out
  • Choice of two NVIDIA graphics chipsets: 9400M and 9600M GT. The latter comes with 256 or 512MB of dedicated video memory.
  • LED-backlit displays
  • Glass Multi-Touch trackpad with new Multi-Touch gestures
  • User accessible hard drive (About Time!)
  • All displays are glossy

Two variants are available:

  • 15.4″ Glossy Display, 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA 9400M + 9600M, 250GB HD.
  • 15.4″ Glossy Display, 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA 9400M + 9600M, 320GB HD.

More details available at http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/.

Apple has also quietly bumped the 17″ MacBook Pro adding a 1920×1200 screen and a 320GB hard drive as well as a Solid State Disk option. The case style however has not changed.

The MacBook Air also received an update as well. It now has the Nvidia 9400M graphics chipset and has a 128GB Solid State Disk option as well as a 120GB hard drive option.

Also new today is the new 24″ Cinema Display. It includes an iSight camera, microphone, and speakers. It also comes with the following:

  • Mini DisplayPort
  • MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook or MacBook Pro.
  • Three self-powered USB ports
  • 1920×1200 resolution
  • LED backlit screen

Seeing as it’s been years since there’s been an update to the Cinema Display line, it’s about time. Check out http://www.apple.com/displays/ for all the details.

My thoughs on this are light. First, I think Apple has made a major blunder by not offering a matte screen for the MacBooks and MacBook Pros. When I bought my MacBook Pro a year and a bit ago, I looked at both screens and found the glossy screen to be unusable in bright light (as in sunlight or overhead lighting). So the fact that that option doesn’t exist anymore would be a factor in not upgrading my current MacBook Pro. I guess I’ll head over to my local Temple Of Steve Jobs Apple Store to get in line with the fanbois who want to worship see for myself.

Second, I hope that Apple hasn’t bought itself a nightmare by hitching it’s cart to Nvida. After all, their products are not the most reliable at the moment, which may give some people a reason to avoid these new products in the short term. It should also be noted that for the time being Apple are the only ones using these chipsets in their products. That means that Apple users are beta testers in the short term. Nice.

Third. This DisplayPort thing kind of bothers me. It seems it is a proprietary connector that doesn’t work with anything else (such as DVI and VGA). Great work Apple. That’s not going to make some people happy if this is true.

Finally, there’s no firewire port on the MacBook (there is one on the pro version). That means if I want to edit video from my DV camcorder, I need to spring for a MacBook Pro. That sucks.

We’ll see what the reaction is in the marketplace and with Apple Fanbois over the next 24 hours.

Oh, if you want to watch a video of the event, click here [iTunes Link].

UPDATE: Whoops. I Missed the fact that the Lenovo Thinkpad T400 and the Sony VAIO VGN-Z540E use these chipsets as well. I also missed the fact that the option exists in all of these computers to switch between graphics adapters as you can have both the 9400M and 9600M inside the MacBook Pros. The former saves power while the latter gives you performace at the cost of battery life.

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