Apple has released new MacBooks with faster processors, more RAM and larger hard disks, as well as a souped-up MacBook Pro featuring the Multi-Touch trackpad included with the MacBook Air.

The new model Macs are equipped with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, offer larger hard drives and ship with 2GB of memory as standard in most models. All MacBooks and MacBook Pros can now house up to 4GB of memory.

The new MacBook Pro features the latest nVidia graphics processors (equipped with 512MB of video memory on the higher-end 15in and 17in models). But it's the inclusion of Multi-Touch that will grab the headlines - these trackpads offer gesture support for pinch, rotate and swipe, making it intuitive to zoom and rotate photos in iPhoto or Aperture 2 or browse web pages in Safari.

All the new Macs offer iSight cameras, a MagSafe power adaptor and have 802.11n Wi-Fi cards built in. They also offer an illuminated keyboard (MacBook Pro only), 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth; analogue and digital audio inputs and outputs; USB 2.0; FireWire and a built-in SuperDrive. They all ship with iLife '08 and have OS X Leopard pre-installed.

The new MacBook Pro features the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology with up to a 2.6GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300GB hard drive, plus nVidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics with up to 512MB of video memory.

Featuring a 13in glossy widescreen display the new MacBook range consists of three models: white 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5,400rpm hard drives and a black 2.4GHz model with a 250GB 5,400 rpm hard drive.

The 2.4GHz MacBooks ship with 2GB of memory as standard, expandable up to 4GB across the line. The new MacBook and MacBook Pro models are available now.

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