Apple's White MacBook Goes Unibody Too

Love 'em or hate 'em, the Apple MacBook Pros introduced in late 2008 with their unibody aluminum design was something new, effective and innovative (which is influencing PC design too).

Of course, those who didn't want to spend more than $1,000 on a notebook couldn't have one, since they were all past that mark. And if you wanted a MacBook for under $1,000 ($999, to be exact), you couldn't have the unibody design. But starting today, you can.

Apple today, without any iFanfare or iFireworks, updated its popular MacBook with a new polycarbonate unibody design. That's right, Apple has taken its metal unibody and turned it into plastic.

Catching up with the rest of the family, the new MacBook gets a glass multitouch trackpad and the 7-hour built-in battery.

“The new MacBook includes many of the great features found on the innovative MacBook Pro, such as an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in long-life battery,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the only lineup of notebooks all featuring unibody enclosures, LED-backlit displays and long-life battery technology, there’s never been a better time to switch to a Mac.”

The new design includes a unique non-skid bottom surface and weighs 4.7 pounds, which is 0.2 pounds heavier than the MacBook Pro 13-inch.

Perhaps best of all, however, is that the new MacBook does not inherit the MacBook Pro line's ultra reflective glass screen covering.

The full specs for the new MacBook at $999 includes:

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight® video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad;
  • built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.
Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • claudeb
  • DeadCat
    Looks like Yam is an Apple fanboy
    I don't care about apple
    I want to see oc news
    Kick ass video cards
    PC News!! New Cases! Something like that
  • Spanky Deluxe
    Apple news IS PC news since they're PCs. This is a technology site and Apple is one of the biggest and most influential technology companies in the world. As such, Apple news should be on this website. Nothing's stopping you from not clicking on Apple news if you're not interested.

    As far as the new MacBooks go, they look pretty nice. Although for the extra $200 I'd personally rather get the aluminium unibody although I'd wait until they're updated again before doing so. The entry level MacBook Pro's obviously a little under-specced now in comparison in terms of the hard drive.
  • jebbadiah
    A lot of people don' give a sh** about Apple, and so do I!
  • wildwell
    When will Apple get rid of those f*cking glossy screens!? Anti-glare displays are only offered as an option in the more $$ MacBook Pro models.

    Mac OS Users: Tom's is currently conducting a poll with regards to a Mac OS forum.
  • Drag0nR1der
    I still hate white plastic... PC's lost their beige over a decade ago; when are apple going to get over their white plastic fettish. The whole graphics/illustration/art/design community (supposedly Apple's main user base) moved on from this chintzy, souless, look back in the early nineties. Can we have something with a bit more inetrest, character and style now please?
  • Apple computers are 100% pc systems that have a non-windows OS, taken from UNIX *cough* and LINUX *cough^2*. The bios is the same even with claims that it isn't, the hardware is grossly equal in every sense, and it even RUNS WINDOWS! It is a new attempt at running Windows and then piggybacking with its own skin, or gui. Finder is slow as hell, limited in view especially in columns, and is not faster in any way than explorer. Icons on the actual desktop are a clutter, and it is easy to see in my computer all of your icons, it is actually more logical to keep them in order especially if you have multiple drives. 12 partitions on the desktop, stfu. Power consumption? That's not true that osX uses less power, and it is a fanboy claim amongst so many other claims. Apple, when you want to have restricted choices, go for it. I just ran Leo on an AMD machine and found it took days to get it functioning with the proper drivers. Funny, expand the hardware pool and osX gets as clunky as windows 95 to install. Fanboys, die, and stupid people, please put on something, the Emperor's New Clothing is ridiculous.
  • xaira
    apple, the only place you can get a system with 2 gigs of ram for more than $2000
  • SneakySnake

    show me this mac. This one only has two Gigs but its half the price you mentioned
  • godwhomismike
    Hmmmm it's only clocked 100 mhz faster than my nearly 3 year old Macbook, still only has 2GB of ram, still only has integrated graphics, and still made of white plastic. Looks like the only changes they made were the memory controller can now actually address more than 2GB of ram (The 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo I have can not address more than 2GB of ram), they moved up to DDR3 ram, and it has a better integrated gpu. I wonder if this new unibody white plastic macbook will chip apart and crack for no reason, just like my Macbook did.