Apple announces whole host of new MacBooks – 13", 15" & 17" too

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With all the attention seemingly being put upon an impending announcement regarding new iPhone specs, one could be forgiven for overlooking any other announcements Apple might be making at today’s WWDC.

But Phil Schiller kicked off the show by announcing some major changes to the MacBook Pro range.

First up, is a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, complete with SD memory card slot. Schiller stated that the battery life should be up to seven hours and they would last for 1,000 charges – five years of life for a typical user.

Three versions of the 15-inch model were announced: $1699 for a 2.53GHz, 250GB version, $1999 for a 2.66GHz, 320GB version and $1699 for a 2.8GHz, 500GB one. All of these come with 4GB of DDR3 RAM.

Next up was a new 17-inch version. Seven hours of battery life, like the 15-inch and this one also includes an ExpressCard slot as well as the SD one. $2499 for the same spec as the top end 15-inch one.

13-inch models are also joining the MacBook Pro lineup. Two versions for this particular size – $1199 for a 2.26GHz, 160GB, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and $1199 for a 2.53GHz, 250GB, again with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Both also have the new SD card slot.

Finally, Schiller announced an update to the MacBook Air. Apparently the most environmentally friendly laptops they’ve ever made. Big price cuts this time – $1499 for a 1.86GHz, 120GB, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and $1799 for a 2.13GHz, 128GB (SSD), also with 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

Phew, that’s a whole lot of laptops. We’ll give you the UK prices as soon as we get them.

Prices over the jump…

Prices

13-inch MacBook – £799

2.13GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB DDR2 Memory
160GB hard drive1
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
Standard keyboard
White polycarbonate shell

13-inch MacBook Pro – £899

2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB Memory
160GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

13-inch MacBook Pro – £1,149

2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
250GB hard drive1
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

15-inch MacBook Pro – £1,299

2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
250GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

15-inch MacBook Pro – £1,499

2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
320GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

15-inch MacBook Pro – £1,699

2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
500GB hard drive
SD card slot
Built-in 7-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

17-inch MacBook Pro – £1,849

2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
500GB hard drive
ExpressCard/34 slot
Built-in 8-hour battery
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

MacBook Air – £1,149

1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
2GB Memory
120GB SATA hard drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

MacBook Air – £1,349

2.13GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 1066MHz frontside bus
2GB Memory
128GB solid-state drive
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics

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