Apple bumps the MacBook to 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA 320M graphics

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Apple quietly updated the MacBook this morning, replacing the 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo with a 2.4GHz of the same pedigree. Graphics is now provided via an NVIDIA GeForce 320M, which no doubt lends a hand in the new 10-hour battery rating. Yeah, you read that right. 10-hours.

The new MacBook is quite a deal, really. It’s nearly the same computer sans the unibody construction and 2GB of RAM as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Except this model starts out at $999, which is why it has always been a favorite among budget-minded buyers. We would have still like to see Apple opt for a Core i3 CPU, but once again, Apple choose battery life over computing power and it’s hard to argue against a 10-hour runtime.

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