Announced: Apple MacBook (13.3-inch)

Apple MacBook
Apple has finally announced their Intel-powered iBook replacement (iBook = low-end/consumer lineup if you will). It’s the 13.3-inch widescreen (glossy) MacBook. You can choose either a .183GHz Intel Core Duo T2400 CPU or a 2.0GHz T2500, and the price runs from $1099 through $1499 (or higher depending on options – those are base models).

The graphics setup Intel’s 950GM integrated (which was expected), but the memory is limited to 64MB, which could impact perfomance later this year when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard ships (Mac OS X 10.5 will really take advantage of graphics acceleration and memory to speed up performance of the UI).

One of the first things you will notice about the new MacBook, is that it comes in black or white (the black MacBook carries a premium price). The second thing is that it has a 13.3-inch “glossy” widescreen display. In the past, Apple’s consumer iBooks features a generic 1024×768 non-widescreen display (12-inch or 14-inch). It appears that the MacBook replaces both the 12-inch and 14-inch iBooks as well as the 12-inch PowerBook (which also wasn’t widescreen).