MacBook refresh leaked from Vietnam: 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB/250GB, 320m GPU
It looks like there will be an update to the plastic Unibody MacBook lineup soon. A very authentic looking refreshed unit has shown up in some video and images out of Vietnam, which is a popular source of Apple product leaks at the moment. Assuming this is legitimate, the specs on the revised MacBook are practically identical to the base model 13″ MacBook Pro, except that the refreshed MacBook will only ship with 2GB of RAM (as opposed to the 4GB in the MBP). Expect a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk, and the same Nvidia 320m GPU.
This is kind of frustrating to me. I’ve always wondered why Apple makes the consumer MacBook so close to the more expensive and supposedly “Pro” model, especially since the 13″ MacBook Pro really underperforms with its C2D chip in benchmarks next to the new MacBook Pro Core i5/i7 models. This refreshed MacBook with identical specs really suggests that the MacBook Pro 13″ is just a MacBook in a much fancier case. For the record I have a 13″ MacBook Pro and love it, the small form factor is perfect for me, which I guess proves that regardless of the frustration on the specs people still buy the otherwise beautiful machines.
If you’re interested, you can see video and a few more pictures of the box on Engadget.