The second Intel Mac

Code name of the first model of MacBook Pro is unknown to me (it definitely was, but alas), but I know how I’d call. Leapfrog. The weakest of the variations of the model have not been published, the configuration of the other had changed – nothing had. This text only on MacBook Pro announced on 10 January 2006. It seems that the developers were a bit late with the MacBook Pro – but not to announce it along with the very first Mac on Intel om was impossible. To announce something in advance, when still there is a possibility of abnormal development of the situation is risky.

I have not once mentioned about pathological dream “Apple” of the community about the PowerBook G5. At the same time, very few of the dreamers dreamed about PowerBook G5, none of them were even me (I dream about the PowerBook G6, 2 – and 4-core PA6T-1682M from PA Semi), smart and practical crazy (“Apple”) dreamed of a return of feelings of superiority over gray PC-shnym the world… at any price.

Whether it’s PowerPC, AMD, Intel, even though created in hell x666 – still.

So when solo performance Steve jobs (without assistants, often coughing, he from beginning to end played most of the time “stevenote” without assistants and without even the help of the audience) is over, and who spent all that you could serve the audience looked in the direction of the hanger, happened “One More Thing”.

And now it was different:

The dream had to come true “in February”. Come true, and how…

This is the first part of a series about the MacBook Pro.

Previous Pro PowerBook G4 here:

First: PowerBook G4 titanium. Apple is trying to stand out…;
Second: a Titanic breakthrough in the background of the crisis of the industry;
Third: PowerBook G4: Titanium Thumbelina;
Fourth: The smallest and largest PowerBook G4;
Fifth: the Whole family… PowerBook G4 (Late 2003).
Sixth: Spring update: PowerBook G4 (Early 2004).
Seventh: SMS for PowerBook G4 (Early 2005).
Eighth: The Latest PowerBook.

The great renaming

January 10, 2006, announcing the first laptop from Apple to Intel-based CPU, Steve announced about the “great renaming” of the company’s products. Now the names of all the computers in the company must begin with “Mac” and not contain “Power”, where this combination of letters is not undertaken.

The name PowerBook is irrelevant to the PowerPC did not have, but…

In 1991, like for half a million dollars of the then, head of the company John sculley ordered the title for the new series of the laptops at Lexicon Branding.

The title is not bad – but the explanation of “abled” you pissed me off. Restore justice: Lexicon Branding not only invented the names, it also guaranteed their uniqueness. At the time of the Internet, in fact, did not exist, and this task was more difficult than brainstorm in the nursery. Was it worth half a million?

Rules not touched the line Xserve – knowing what happened after, I see this as a bad intent. Excluded from the list of Macs, I decided to “write off”… But this is just a guess.

Identifiers renamed models also renamed and put in order.

The fastest laptop from Apple

Externally, the MacBook Pro announced but never saw the light, was similar to the PowerBook G4 as two drops of water. If you do not pay attention to minor details, like the iSight above the screen, the MacBook Pro underneath it and spot the IR-receiver on the housing.

The body was thick 2.59 cm (1.02 inch) to the thickness of a hair thinner than the body of the 17-inch PowerBook G4 (2.6 cm, 1,024 inches).

The ID of the first model MacBookPro1,1. And don’t argue: the first generation and the first model. Old let it be forgotten…

Comparing the results of the tests SPECint and SPECfp, Steve calculated how many times more productive than the MacBook Pro, PowerBook G4 – 4-5 times.

General data first MacBook Pro

Two options, both 2-core. Clock frequency and modification of processors in the different options. The clock frequency of the front system bus (667 MHz) and the size of second level cache (on chip 2.0 MB) – the same.

Type of RAM – PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz), in the base configurations all options of 512 Megabytes. In fact, it is at least for Mac OS 10.4.*, with smaller volumes the system becomes unbearable.

The RAM can be increased to 2 Gigabytes. 2 slots of memory.

Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 video memory 128 MB (GDDR3 SDRAM) card occupies the 16-lane PCI Express slot – that is, an upgrade is possible?

Screen with a diagonal of 15.4 inches (39.1 per cm), very bright (like Apple Cinema Display) with a native resolution of 1440h900 (16:10), with the support of a half-dozen permissions 16:10 and 4:3. The external monitor max resolution 2560 x 1600. Supports all display modes (as in the PowerBook).

The optical drive, compared to the last PowerBook G4, was more modest: only 4x and single-layer SuperDrive.

Expansion slot PCI ExpressCard/34. This is Type I/II PC Card in a PowerBook G4.

Support of wireless technologies included. And, apparently, is the AirPort Extreme card in the MacBook Pro used something from the outside: many testify to its increased performance, and Apple to add support for 802.11 a definitely would not.

But it was not the modem at all. In the online store were offered an external Apple USB modem for $ 49.

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000Base-T), 2 x USB 2.0, 1 – Firewire 400. And Firewire 800 that was in the PowerBook G4 (Late 2005) – was absent.

All model variants were available with Mac OS 10.4.5. And being 32 bit and because of the impossibility of OpenCL support, the maximum operating system version for them – 10.6.8.

Options

The two options are “cheap” and “expensive”.

Cheap was supposed to use the Intel Core Duo (L2400) processor with a clock frequency of 1.67 GHz. As this option did not fall into the hands of users, how many points he has scored in tests Geekbench 2 is unknown.

Hard drive in a cheap option – 80 GB (5 400 rpm) SATA 1.5 GB/s.

Cost cheapest option was $ 1 999. To order it since 10 January 2006. Eating not lost: they got, for the same money the computer with much better performance.

In expensive option of Intel Core Duo (T2400) 1.83 GHz. In Geekbench 2 it scored 2 280 points, drastically more than its 15-inch ancestor (843).

Hard drive in a cheap option, 100 GB (5 400 rpm) SATA 1.5 GB/s.

This variant went on sale, but a little differently than planned.

To be continued

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