May 6, 2006, Apple announced the MacBook replaced the 12 inch PowerBook and 12 – inch and 14-inch iBook. Laptops with “square” display is gone, external monitors now does not limited to, the performance increased significantly. In the product line Apple “laptop cheaper than $ 1,000,” but… These new “consumer” laptops were so good that nobody complained. Noting this fact (in passing), even the most hostile to Apple, the reviewers moved on to other features.
Detractors worried the price difference of the white and black MacBook. When identical (with one exception), configuration MacBook in a black case cost more than $ 200. The only difference was eliminated (at least in the online store) for only 50 – that, in their opinion, showed incredible stupidity “fruit” company.
“They did no one will buy!” – they were sick of heart for Apple.
The difference in price was, purely and simply, a tax on beauty. Black case and in fact he was mysteriously handsome.
This is the first part of a series about the MacBook.
Series about iBook G4, MacBook predecessors, here:
First part: cheapest G4 laptop in the world; there’s also links to all of the series about iBook G3;
Second part: Spring update: iBook G4 (Early 2004);
Third part: the Two last models of the iBook G4….
The return of the leader
While Apple struggled with hot chips third-party manufacturers, the notebook market of peripherals has become almost the most important and rapidly developing. Nobody had to prove anything – the world has gone crazy, and the users went along with it and with their computers, all types of transport.
It’s time to show, who in this market segment main.
Before we deal with technical details, we pay tribute to the Apple designers. White and black MacBook case attracted attention and fascinated. White and black polycarbonate, bright (glossy) screens with unprecedented clarity and contrast of the image, the reasonableness of the corps…
And still – speed. Household laptops, and suddenly all the adult.
Integrated in chipset graphics Intel GMA 950 made in this magnificence a little bit of bitterness, but it turned out, unbiased and meticulous test, in comparison with the ATI Mobility Radeon in the last iBook G4 they were “in another League”. Intel GMA 950 surpassed them in almost all tests, sometimes twice.
Of course, Apple Remote and Front Row. iSight! Spiteful critics immediately understand why this is, and ridiculed the built-in camera – functional! And this is when web-cameras have become an important part of the Internet life when they published hundreds of articles in media of various kinds (including in the media for women).
General technical details
The model identifier for the MacBook released 6 may 2006… MacBook1,1. I am sure that you would have guessed without my help.
All model variants of the 2-core, and 32-bit. Inside Is An Intel Core Duo.
The clock frequency of frontal system bus – 667 MHz integrated second level cache size of 2 Megabytes, the basic configuration of all options – 512 MB of RAM, PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz). The maximum amount of RAM is 2 Gigabytes.
The GPU, as already mentioned, Intel GMA 950, integrated, living at the expense of shared memory (takes 64 Megabytes from other tasks), but no problems arose.
Built-in display (glossy, with a diagonal of 13.3 inch 33.8 cm) widescreen (16:10), with superior resolution 1280х900, and half a dozen lesser, 16:10 and 4:3.
To external DVI monitor max resolution up to 1920×1200 (16:10) monitor VGA – up to 1600×1200.
A complete set of Apple Goodies: MagSafe (magnetic lock power cable in the connector, reducing the risk of a fall of the computer if someone touches the cable), SMS (drop sensor, in the case of strong beginning movement of the moving head hard disk drives in the safe state), the light sensor changes the screen brightness and backlight depending on the light, and so on.
The latch that secures MacBook in the closed position without the latch. Opened effortlessly with one finger. Today we are used to it – then it seemed spectacular.
About Apple Remote, Front Row and iSight silent. Was.
AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR – built-in. As in the last iBook G4.
2 USB 2.0, 1 – Firewire 400, Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T), DVI, and audio connectors.
The modem is external only, for a separate $ 49 Apple USB modem 56k v.92.
Case (though and “painted” in different colors) are the same for all variants. A thickness of 1.08 inch (2,74 cm) and a weight of 2.36 kg.
Mac OS 10.4.6 (the most reliable and stable version of Tiger). The maximum OS – Mac OS 10.6.8 – that’s why computer 32-bit and does not support OpenCL.
Black and white (options)
In MacBook1,1 had three options, two white and one black.
In the budget, with Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz (T2400), the optical drive was easier, 8x Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW), hard drive capacity 60 GB (5 400 rpm), that it is SATA 1.5 GB/s not even say that. Online store disk (surcharge) can be replaced by the 80 GB model.
The white colour housing. The “ordinary”.
Geekbench 2 option 2 scored 287 points, 3.3 times more than his equal in position of the iBook G4 last model (684). Cost 1 099$.
Options, called “White” (white) and “Black” (black) inside was almost identical. Intel Core Duo 2.0 GHz (T2500), optical drive – 4x 1-layer SuperDrive, Geekbench 2 both options scored the same 2 452 points, 3.4 times more productive than the iBook G4 last model (713).
Option white different from the black fellow a larger hard drive (60 GB instead of 80 GB, both with 5 400 rpm SATA 1.5 GB/s) and price (1 1 299 and $ 499).
To be continued
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