October 20, 2009, on Tuesday morning, the online store is closed for visitors. “We temporarily closed, will come back later, sorry” – written was something like this. I only remember the essence. Politely but firmly, in the style of Apple… That’s just opened a new store later than usual. And changes in it were three large press conferences, or one – but very important. The updates were significant, and each of them, with the necessary supply of material, could be good pushing Apple.
The conference or the conference is clearly prepared, but for some unknown reason it was canceled Steve. Naturally, neither of conference nor of its abolition, no one reported. Apparently, she was getting ready. Were videos, some were able to find. About the main character of today’s story, alas…
The changes affected three computer model series of the company: iMac, MacBook and Mac mini. There is one new device is the world’s first mouse with an interface based on multitouch Magic Mouse (“fairy mouse”, if you need translation). Update two: AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule.
Why cancel the press conference? Because of the iPad? Worked on it, and perhaps something went wrong – almost all serious projects this happens. And competitors came on the heels of, and to delay starting it.
And of the many updates, only three of them received the press release: iMac, Mac Book and Magic Mouse…
This is the ninth part of a series about the MacBook, the previous part of the series here:
The first part: Operation iMac: iBook becomes the MacBook;
Second part: MacBook Core 2 and the seasons;
Third part: the First new era iPhone Mac (MacBook);
The fourth part: the Last years iPhone Mac: MacBook “SR”;
The fifth part: the Next model of MacBook “Early 2008 Penryn”;
Sixth part: MacBook (Late 2008): a lot of new and a little old…;
Seventh part: Relic MacBook polycarbonate…;
Eighth part: MacBook (Mid 2009): update of the relic.
Design and battery
I vaguely remember (10 years) as Jonathan Ive, already similar to the present, and Robert Mansfield, senior Vice President, Mac hardware ovsky, was this MacBook in the video that was available on the Apple website.
It turns out that plastic, you can make a laptop that’s lighter, stronger and more beautiful. From a single block of molded plastic upper and lower part of the body. In the lower part they added rubberized bottom is made of aluminum. That would not slip.
All technological elements and recesses are created in one operation. The process is unusual in the industry, but after debugging and Troubleshooting is incredibly technologically advanced.
And battery, using all the Unallocated space inside the body providing up to 7 hours of battery life and 1,000 recharge cycles. After 1000 cycles, if you believe the press release are guaranteed to retain 80% of initial battery capacity. If…
But you can replace it. The main thing is to find a fresh battery for a specific laptop model. But to quickly replace the discharged battery (for example, in the interior of the liner during a long flight) is no longer available. However, almost all ships of that time already had outlets, but in the online Apple store sold the MagSafe Airline adapter.
Creating a battery for iPod, iPhone, and iPod touch engineers the elements of power have learned to use every cubic millimeter of available space to save energy. It was already crowded in the usual framework, and they took their experience on a portable Mac I.
Brand new extracted from the factory packaging, plastic MacBook Unibody really was dazzlingly beautiful. But plastic not aluminium – plastic cracks in places where he has to confront the serious effort and much less resistant to scratches – but the price…
$ 999. Without taxes and fees.
The model identifier for the MacBook (Late 2009) – MacBook6,1. Relic ancestor of the old design ID is MacBook5,2. Really new model!
Truth in architecture, almost nothing has changed. Almost.
A new modification of the processor – Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz (P7550) instead of Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz (P7450). Both Penryn-3M, the size of second level cache 3 MB.
More efficient RAM, PC3-8500 (1066 MHz) DDR3 SDRAM is PC2-6400 (800MHz) DDR2 SDRAM. However, in the basic configuration, as before, the RAM was 2 GB, and the maximum amount, according to Apple, has not changed. 4 Gigabytes. More in the online store was not installing.
Experimentally, outside of Apple, found: MacBook5,2 copes with 6 Gigabytes, and MacBook6,1 even 8.
Display… the expansion of the color palette, one of the trump advantages of the MacBook Pro, it hasn’t been touched. But there is a led backlight. Native resolution the same as that of the previous model, 1280×800. The 13.3 inch (33.8 cm).
Arm developers finally came up to the connectors. Firewire 400 is gone. In the new model of MacBook Firewire was not supported at all. Disappeared, and the infrared sensor. But let’s not jump to generalizations – apparently, buyers MacBook rarely acquired this accessory (for 19 dollars) and decided to save. Or just brought it as a sacrifice for a cost reduction.
Complete with new iMac was delivered new version of the Apple Remote, in the style of a Unibody – but what about the remote control we will talk another time.
But the place the mini-DVI port Mini DisplayPort took, because of this on an external monitor now support resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.
And no SD slot. However, before the enclosures made of polycarbonate no slots was not, Express/34, or any other. Not that they are level.
Glass trackpad with support for 4-finger gestures (Apple became Queen multitouch, anyway)…
GPU integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M-consuming shared memory 272 Mbytes (officially 256), and the size of memory was very important.
Disk in the base capacity of 250 GB (5 400 rpm), options disk 320 or 500 GB with the same frequency of rotation of the rotor.
Dimensions Unibody MacBook – 2,74х33,0х23,17 cm, plastic Relikt era – 2,75х32,5х22,7 cm case Thickness decreased to one-tenth of a millimeter, the length and width of the body increased. But the new MacBook were 140 grams lighter: 2,13 kg instead of 2.27.
MacBook (Late 2009, Unibody) shipped preinstalled with Mac OS 10.6.1. Compatible (officially) with all systems up to 10.13 “High Sierra”. Unofficially…
To be continued
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