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Apple renews MacBooks with Santa Rosa processors

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Apple has renewed the full range of its consumer notebook line, MacBook. In addition to the adoption of the Santa Rosa architecture, which until now was only included in the MacBook Pro line, the notebooks also receive a new integrated graphics card, the Intel GMA X3100, which guarantees better 3D acceleration.

The MacBook line, consisting of three models that vary according to processor speed and hard drive capacity, now has a bus 800 MHz front end on all models and an increase in processor speed – from 2.16 GHz to 2.2 GHz.

With regard to the sale of computers, Apple chose not to vary equipment prices too much. The entry-level model, which features a 2.0 GHz processor, costs $ 1,099 while the 2.2 GHz version and 120 GB disk is priced at $ 1,299. Finally, the black model, with 2.2 GHz processor and 160 GB disk is worth $ 1,499.

The prices of the new versions for Portugal are not yet known. However, if the line adopted for the international market is followed, prices should remain at 1,039, 1,249 and 1,459 euros, respectively.

At the same time, the professional line of Macbook Pro notebooks has also undergone a minor renovation. After counting on the chipset Santa Rosa since the beginning of the summer, these notebooks now include an Intel Core 2 Duo processor at 2.6 GHz.

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