Apple unveils new MacBook range

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Mumbai, Oct 23 (UNI) Apple unveiled its new range of MacBooks and 24-inch LED Cinema Display for the Indian market here today.

The new MacBook range which will retail from Rs 79,700 to Rs 1,49,000 for the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro comes with new innovative features above and below the improved keyboards.

New features include multi-touch glass trackpad, LED backlit monitors, battery-life display, high performance 3-D graphics and environmentally friendly and recyclable parts.

The entry level MacBook weighs 2.04 kg, 13-inch LED screen, NVIDIA GeForce 9,400 M graphic processor for gaming, 2.0 GHz, 160 GB 5400 rpm hard drive.

The topline MacBook Pro is marginally heavier at 2.49 kgs but has added features to justify the increase in weight. Using Intel Core two Duo processors, the MacBook can enable users to switch between the NVIDIA GeForce 9400 M graphics processor and more powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9,600M GT processor.

The MacBook Pro will be available in two models 2.4 GHz model with 250 GB 5,400 rpm hard drive and 2.53 GHz with 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive. It also sports a bigger monitor at 15-inch. An updated version of the company's 17-inch MacBook Pro is also available.

The company also launched the Rs 60,900 24-inch LED Cinema Display that could be connected to the MacBook range, inbuilt iSight camera, three self-powered USB 2.0 ports, mics and speakers to enable video conferencing.

Alongside Apple displayed its updated MacBook Air (1.36 kg) that will hit retail stores in November. Pricing for the MacBook Air will start at Rs 1,07,000 and will be available with a 120 GB 4,200 rpm hard drive and 128 GB solid state drive.

'' We have shifted 2.6 million units of our MacBook range and still have the Apple white in the market due to demand. We would like it to be the entry level laptop for the Apple range,'' said Apple Product Marketing Head, Angeline Tan at the launch. The company saw a 21 per cent growth in sales and 17 per cent growth in revenues for 2007-08.

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