First news of interest to me (as someone who would consider gaming on one of these) is the new NVIDIA 9400M, which provides 55% graphics performance compared to the 8600 GT. Is that good? I don’t know! But it’s certainly better than Intel integrated graphics crap.
Oh, and a new glass touchpad. [EDIT] Which is multitouchy, of course, and buttonless. So, no more complaning about lack of two button support, Windows users. Now it’s NO BUTTON support. But four finger gestures are go!
They’re really proud of that mini-display port. I don’t get it. What’s wrong with HDMI? I was hoping they’d finally add HDMI. And still no mention of Blu-ray. At this point, I think Apple’s saying “screw you” to Sony, and is betting the farm on 720p content from the iTunes Store for HD to the Mac.
Hm, well, wait. I dunno what the price of the entry level is $999 for, but the new MacBooks come in two models: $1299 and $1599, with the main differences being processor speed, hard drive size, and backlit keyboard.
Is the $999 for the old style white plastic one? Answer: Yes! They’re going to keep making them.
I have to admit, the $1299 MacBook seems pretty decent. I don’t know how useful keyboard backlighting turns out to be in reality (anyone have any anecdotes to offer?), and I can always upgrade the RAM myself. 2.0 GHz is more than good enough for what I’d be doing, and I like the 13.3" form factor, it’s a lot easier to take notes on in class.
I just don’t know what the gaming performance of the 9400M will be compared to the 9600M. Sure, I doubt I’ll be able to play Crysis at max settings, but how about the average MMO of today? Or even some of the Blizzard titles coming out at decent framerates and native resolution?