Apple has upgraded its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, prices remain in line with those of the previous range.

As Macworld predicted this morning, Apple has souped-up its MacBooks with faster processors, raised pre-installed RAM and increased hard drive capacities.

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 souped-up MacBook Pro features the latest NVIDIA graphics processors (equipped with 512MB of video memory on the higher-end 15-inch and 17-inch models) and, confirming widespread speculation, the new pro laptops also feature the Multi-Touch trackpad first introduced with the MacBook Air.

These trackpads offer Multi-Touch 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 WiFi 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 2.6 GHz processor with 6MB of shared L2 cache; up to 4GB of 667 MHz 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 13-inch glossy widescreen display the new MacBook range consists of three models specified as Macworld UK confirmed this morning: white 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz models with 120GB or 160GB 5,400 rpm hard drives and a black 2.4GHz model with a 250GB 5,400 rpm hard drive.

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

MacBook model specifications

The 2.1 GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, £699 includes:

- 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 800 MHz front-side bus;
- 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive;
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port.

The 2.4GHz, 13-inch white MacBook, £829 includes:

- 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 800MHz front-side bus;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold separately);
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port.

The 2.4GHz, 13-inch black MacBook, £949, includes:

- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 800 MHz front-side bus;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100;
- Mini-DVI out (adapters for DVI, VGA and Composite/S-Video sold
separately);
- two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port;

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to up to 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 160GB or 250GB hard drive, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

MacBook Pro model specifications

The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, £1.299, includes:

- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 LCD display;
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache;
- 800 MHz front-side bus;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 200GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port;

The 2.5 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, £1,599 includes:

- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440 x 900 LCD display;
- 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
- 800 MHz front-side bus;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port.

The 2.5 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, £1,799, includes:

- 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display;
- 2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache;
- 800 MHz front-side bus;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 250GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB GDDR3 memory;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port and one FireWire 400 port.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook Pro include the ability to upgrade to up to 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 200GB (7,200 rpm), 250GB (5,400 rpm) or a 300GB (4,200 rpm) hard drive, Apple Remote, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter, Apple USB Modem, glossy widescreen display, 17- inch LED-backlit 1,920-x-1,200 high-resolution display and the AppleCare Protection Plan.