updated 04:10 am EDT, Tue October 14, 2008
More laptop details
Continuing the stream of last minute reports and confirming our earlier report, Apple will indeed introduce MacBook Pros as well as MacBooks at Tuesday morning's event: the new laptops will feature a single buttonless (but clickable) glass trackpad. According to Daring Fireball, the "new trackpad is similar to the Airís, in that it is bigger and supports additional multi-touch gestures. But unlike the Airís, the MacBook Proís new trackpad is made of glass, and is a button itself. You just press and it clicks." Confirming MacNN's report, Apple will not ship a 17-inch MacBook Pro model (due to the production issues reported earlier), but will bump the storage/RAM (and perhaps processor) to fill the high-end gap.
Apple will also only ship two MacBook models (2GB/160GB and 2GB/250GB for $1,299 and $1,499, respectively) and leave the current $1,099 2.1GHz MacBook to fill the $999 price point (without the updates featured in the new MacBooks).
In addition, the report says that Apple will MacBook Air with a larger 120GB hard drive and larger 128GB SSD option and confirms that the circulating $899 MacBook is false and the SKU reflects the price of a new DisplayPort-enabled $899 24-inch LED Apple Cinema Display.
The MacBook will reportedly feature an improved NVIDIA 9400M GPU, while the MacBook Pro will also have a dedicated 9600M GT GPU for even more performance.