New MacBook leaked, coming this week?

Australian Macworld staff
17 May, 2010
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Tinhte – the Vietnamese site that recently brought us evidence of another iPhone 4G prototype in the wild – has struck gold again, with images and video unboxing of an unreleased unibody white MacBook. The new MacBook features a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor (up from 2.26GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card (up from 9400M).

The initial images of the new MacBook’s box have the part number blocked out, but a Google-translated version of the Tinhte forums suggested a part number of MC518. We had hoped that a new MacBook Air would still be on the way with a part number of MC516 (MC516LL/A K87 BETTER BTR-USA to be precise).

However, a recent post on the forum at MacVN appears to outline the specs of the new MacBook with the part number MC516X/A – and the X/A formatting is inline with Apple’s Australian part numbers. Interestingly, the pictures also clearly show an Australian power cable (which is different from those used in Vietnam).

The MacVN forum also lists a price of $1099, though it is unclear what currency this is in. The current MacBook retails for US$999 and $1299 here. It is unlikely that the new model will increase in price, given its minor spec-bumps. Instead, we’re hopeful that the price is in Australian dollars – meaning a decrease in price of $200. We’re not sure what price that could equate to for the rest of the world, but it looks like the new MacBook may drop below $999 in the US, especially as Australian pricing would include 10% GST.

With no other news about a MacBook Air update, it appears that the entry-level MacBook is the only computer to be getting the upgrade this time around. We can always be hopeful that the MBA will see a bump soon too, but it’s anyone’s guess when that could be.

Based on information from our original source, there are plenty of the new MacBooks making their way onto Australian soil, so a release as early as this Tuesday, 18 May (Wednesday, 19 May in Australia) seems very possible.

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