The Spotlight Turns to Notebooks: Event Summary

With Apple’s Special Event frenzy over until MacWorld 2009, TGR has compiled the complete October event summary, with all new products:

1. Mac Market Share has increased rapidly, to over 17.6% in the United States.

2. Glass multi-touch trackpad: 39% larger tracking area, four-finger gestures, entire trackpad is the button. 

3. The new MacBook Pro: Now just $1999 (USD), includes the new glass trackpad, both 9400 and 9600 GeForces built in and up to five hours battery life. 2.4Ghz Intel Processor and 250GB hard drive. For $2499, you get a 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and 4GB memory, plus a larger hard drive. Just 0.95 inches thick – the thinnest MacBook Pro ever shipped. 17-inch MacBook Pro updated slightly, no design change. Matte option now unavailable.

4. The updated MacBook Air: Now includes the Nvidia 9400M, a 120GB Hard Drive with the option for 128GB SSD. Also includes the Mini Display Port (mentioned below). For $2499, the SSD comes standard, plus a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor.

5. The new Cinema Display: First LED-Cinema Display. Starts at just $899 (USD). Features a 1920 x 1200 resolution and stereo speakers plus built in microphone and iSight. To be shipped in early November. Connect any new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or MacBook (mentioned below) via the new Mini Display Port.

6. The new MacBook: White MacBook remains completely unchanged at just $999. New 13-inch 2.0 Ghz and 2.4 Ghz models look exactly the same as MacBook Pro (including glass trackpad and everything).

7. Apple’s Blu-ray Stance: “Blu-ray is a bag of hurt. I don’t mean from the consumer point of view. It’s great to watch movies, but the licensing is so complex. We’re waiting until things settle down, and waiting until Blu-ray takes off before we burden our customers with the cost of licensing.” – Steve Jobs

We’ll have Australian pricing info shortly. – r.

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