Apple has updated its popular MacBooks, introducing faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives across the range.

Apple UK has also revealed new prices for the products, with the entry-level model now costing just £699 – £50 cheaper than its previous £749 price.

The new 13in (glossy widescreen display at 1,280 x 800) computers are physically the same as the preceeding models, but offer up to 2.16GHz processors.

The 2.0GHz, 13in white MacBook (£699) now boasts an 80GB hard drive running at 5,400rpm and a slot-load Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive.

The updated 2.16GHz, 13in white MacBook (£829, formerly £879 for the mid-range model) carries a 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm and a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD +/- RW/CD-RW).

The improved 2.16GHz, 13in black MacBook (£949, formerly £999) retains its premium price on colour, and adds a 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5,400rpm and a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD +/- RW/CD-RW).

"The MacBook is a huge hit with customers, and is one of the reasons that Mac sales are growing three-times faster than PC sales," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing. "The new MacBook is faster, has more memory and storage, and is an ideal notebook for customers' growing library of digital music, photos and movies."

All glossy-screened MacBooks offer a built-in iSight webcam; iLife 06; the MagSafe power adaptor and support for the latest 802.11n wireless standard.

All three models boast a 667MHz front-side bus, 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 memory (expandable to 2GB), and use hard drives equipped with Sudden Motion Sensor technology designed to protect the hard drive in the event of a fall.

Graphics performance within the new MacBooks remains the same, with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 deployed across the range.

Connectivity options include mini-DVI out, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 20+EDR support, two USB 2.0 and one FireWire 400 port. One audio-in and one audio-out port, a Scrolling Trackpad and an infrared Apple Remote also appear as standard across the range.

Additional build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 120GB or 160GB (5,400 rpm) or a 200GB (4,200rpm) hard drives, up to 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, Apple USB Modem, Apple Mini-DVI-to-DVI adapter, Apple Mini-DVI-to-VGA adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

The new MacBooks are available immediately through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple authorised resellers.

All prices include VAT.