Pics : Apple Unveils More Expensive, Thinner Macbooks

Apple has finally released its Brick-manufactured Macbook Pro laptops, which deliberately keep the amount of raw material low by copying the MacBook Air skinny profile.

As expected, the laptops wil be manufactured from a single block of aluminium to minimise waste (ecological), to cut costs and to improve the solidity of the laptop. Since it is made up of aluminium, expect it to act as a natural heatsink.

The new Macbook is only 24mm thick and comes with half the number of structural parts, which should reduce assembly time as well. And there's more those Macbooks have borrowed from the Macbook Air.

The keyboard keys have an air of MBA with them. The magnetic latch is present and the screen is a LED backlit model.

The traditional touchpad is replaced by a new glass multitouch version which supports three and four-finger gestures (ed: maybe they could convert it to support a dockable iPhone, see picture below) and boosts a bigger surface area - nearly 40 percent larger.

Apple is also ditching onboard Intel graphics module for a better suited Nvidia 9400M that is paired with a Geforce 9600M GT which can be switched on and off (and possibly SLIed for better performance).

Other features of the laptop include a GbE port, Firewire 800, a slot-loading DVD drive (ed: why can't other manufacturers follow suit).

The Cupertino-based company will be releasing the laptops tomorrow (but they won't ship till November). The cheaper version will have a 2.4GHz Core2Duo processor, 2GB memory and a 160GB hard disk drive. The beefier model will have a faster CPU, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard disk drive.

Unlike what was expected though, they won't come cheap. Entry level is at £949 and the top of the range version will cost you £1319. Oh, and in a two-fingered gesture to the credit crunch, S. Jobs has increased the price of its existing plastic Macbook by £20.