Apple MacBook Overhaul, Universal Battery Charger

Apple Is Apple getting ready to overhaul the popular MacBook line? Keep in mind that the MacBook was just upgraded to an Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn CPU back in February of this year.

AppleInsider is reporting that the MacBook will be receiving a complete revamp in the upcoming months that will be available sometime after the end of June. Based on information from DigiTimes, as well as AppleInsider sources, AI is claiming that the 13.3-inch MacBook will receive its first structural and aesthetic changes since being introduced as an Intel-based replacement for Apple’s iBook line over two years ago and that Apple will do away with the plastic enclosures (currently available in white or black) for aluminum and stainless steel.

This will follow the overhaul the iMac recently received, and the iMac, like the MacBook, is considered to be more “consumer” oriented versus the professionally-oriented MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Finally, Macworld has news for those who have either multiple Apple laptops or who carry around multiple batteries: FastMac has announced the U-Charge, a 45-watt universal battery charger that sells for $69.95 (USD) and that should be shipping before the end of June.

It connects directly to the battery (hence the low 45-watt – it doesn’t have to power the laptop while charger), and it covers a substantial number of Apple portables: iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro and PowerBooks.