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MacBook

The original MacBook in white

The MacBook is a brand of Macintosh notebook computers by Apple Inc. First introduced in May 2006, it replaced the iBook and 12" PowerBook series of notebooks as a part of the Apple Intel transition. Part of the MacBook family, the MacBook is aimed at the education and consumer markets. It is the best-selling Macintosh in history, and according to the sales-research organization NPD Group in October 2008, the midrange model of the MacBook was the single best-selling laptop of any brand in U.S. retail stores for the preceeding five months.

There are two designs of the MacBook: the first uses a polycarbonate casing that was modeled after the iBook G4, while the second uses a unibody aluminum casing. When the current MacBook was announced in October 2008, the original polycarbonate based MacBook was renamed 'MacBook White'. Aside from the name change, it received a standard SuperDrive, and later its chipset was updated to the same one used in the current MacBook model.

The original MacBook was released on May 16, 2006, and used the Intel Core Duo processor and 945GM chipset, with Intel's GMA 950 integrated graphics on a 667MHz front side bus. Later revisions of the MacBook moved to the Core 2 Duo processor and the GM 965 chipset, with Intel's X3100 integrated graphics on an 800MHz system bus. An updated MacBook White with the same nViida chipset found in the aluminum model was released in January 2009. However, the new model retains its DDR2 memory, whilst the aluminum uses DDR3.

While thinner than the iBook G4 that it replaced, the MacBook was wider than the 12-inch model due to its widescreen display. In addition, the MacBook was the first to adopt Apple's MagSafe power connector and it replaced the iBook's mini-VGA display port with a mini-DVI display port. The iBook's discrete graphics chip was initially replaced by an integrated Intel GMA solution, though the latest MacBook White now uses a nVidia GeForce 9400M graphics solution.

While the MacBook largely followed the industrial design standard set by the PowerBook G4, the MacBook was Apple's first notebook to use features now standard in its notebooks: the glossy display, the sunken keyboard design, and the non-mechanical magnetic latch. With the late 2007 revision, the keyboard received several changes to closely mirror the one that shipped with the iMac,by adding the same keyboard shortcut to control multimedia, and removing the embedded virtual numeric keypad and the Apple logo from the command keys.

Also offered in a more expensive black model until the introduction of the later aluminum MacBook, the polycarbonate MacBook was the only Macintosh notebook to be offered in more than one color since the iBook G3 (Clamshell).

The polycarbonate Intel MacBook is easier for users to fix or upgrade than its predecessor. Where the iBook required substantial disassembly to access most internal components, including removal of the keyboard and RAM, users need only remove the polycarbonate MacBook's outer shell to access almost any interior component. Replacing the hard drive and memory requires merely the removal of the battery, and Apple provides do-it-yourself manuals for these tasks.

Some early polycarbonate MacBook models suffered from include random shutdowns, which were resolved through software and firmware updates.

There were also cases reported of discolored palmrests. In such cases, Apple asked affected owners to contact AppleCare.

There have also been ongoing problems with robustness of the plastic case. leading to a cracked palmrest and display bezel, requiring replacement. Apple is doing these replacements of the top case and bezel for free.

Notes: 1 Requires the purchase of a wireless-N enabler software from Apple in order to enable the functionality. 2 Hard drives noted are options available from Apple. As the hard drive is a user-replaceable part, there are custom configurations available, including use of 7200-rpm drives. 3 Given optical drive speed is its maximum. 4 Commencing with the Early 2008 revision, the Apple Remote became an optional add-on.

Apple announced the new MacBook with its new Nvidia chipset on October 14, 2008, at a Cupertino press conference called "The Spotlight Turns To Notebooks". The chipset brought a 1066MHz system bus, use of DDR3 system memory, and integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics that is up to five times faster than the Intel integrated graphics used by the white MacBook at the time of introduction. Other changes include an LED backlit display, a new Mini DisplayPort (replacing the polycarbonate MacBook's mini-DVI port), a multi-touch glass trackpad which also acts as the mouse button, removal of toxins such as mercury, and the removal of the FireWire 400 port (thus it doesn't support Target Disk Mode, used for data transfers or operating system repairs without booting the system).

The MacBook resembles the current MacBook Pro, but with smaller dimensions. It is thinner than the original polycarbonate based MacBooks and makes use of a unibody aluminum case with tapered edges. The keyboard of only the high-end model is backlit, like that of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Notes: 1 Hard drives noted are options available from Apple. As the hard drive is a user-replaceable part, there are custom configurations available, including use of 7200-rpm drives and SSDs. 2 Given optical drive speed is its maximum.

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MacBook Pro

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The MacBook Pro is a line of Macintosh portable computers by Apple Inc.

First introduced in January 2006 at the Macworld Expo alongside the Intel-based iMac, the MacBook Pro replaced the PowerBook G4 and was the second computer to be announced in the Apple Intel transition (after the iMac). Positioned at the high end of the MacBook family, the MacBook Pro is aimed at the professional and power user market.

There have been two designs for the MacBook Pro, both using aluminum. The first design was largely a carry-over from the PowerBook G4. The second "unibody" design is a more tapered design with most of the casing made from a single block of aluminum.

The original 15" MacBook Pro was announced on January 10, 2006 during Steve Jobs' keynote at the MacWorld Expo. The 17" model was later introduced on April 24, 2006. When first introduced, the MacBook Pro was noted for lacking FireWire 800 and S-Video ports, although FireWire 800 was added to later MacBook Pro models. Other changes included a built in iSight webcam and the introduction of MagSafe, a magnetic power connector designed to detach easily when yanked to prevent the laptop from being pulled off a surface. This feature was later brought over to the MacBook as well.

At a notebook-oriented announcement in Cupertino on October 14, 2008 Apple announced a new 15" MacBook Pro featuring a unibody construction and tapered sides similar to those of the MacBook Air. All of the MacBook Pro's ports were shifted to the left side of the case and the optical drive slot on the right side, similar to the MacBook. The FireWire 400 port was removed while the FireWire 800 port remains, and the DVI port was replaced with a Mini DisplayPort receptacle.

A 17" MacBook Pro with unibody construction was announced by Phil Schiller during the 2009 MacWorld Expo keynote on January 6. This version diverged from its 15" sibling with a non-removable lithium polymer battery and an anti-glare screen option.

The unibody-construction MacBook Pro largely follows the styling of the iMac and the MacBook Air and is slightly thinner than its predecessor--albeit wider and deeper. The high-gloss screen is covered by a reflective glass finish, while an anti-glare matte option is available in the 17" model in which the glass panel is removed. The trackpad has also been enlarged with the entire pad being the physical button, allowing for more room for scrolling and multi-touch gestures. The keys, still backlit, are now that of Apple's now-standard sunken keyboard with separated black keys. The hard drive is easily replaceable in the 15" unibody model, whereas in the discrete-construction 15", and in both versions of the 17" model, replacing the hard drive requires a significant disassembly of the system.

According to a video from engineers at Apple during the new 17" MacBook Pro's introduction, the non-removable battery is of a unique design unlike any existing notebook battery; instead of implementing traditional round cells inside the battery's casing, all available space is utilized, providing increased capacity. Apple has stated that the 17" MacBook Pro has a rated battery life of 8 hours, and can be recharged 1000 times while still holding 80% of its original charge.

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MacBook family

The MacBook family is a range of Macintosh notebook computers by Apple Inc. that merged the PowerBook and iBook lines during the Apple Intel transition. The first model released under this family was the MacBook Pro, which was announced on 10 January 2006 at the Macworld Expo. The consumer-focused MacBook was released on 16 May 2006, and the MacBook Air was revealed on 15 January 2008.

The MacBook line (except for the White) make use of the unibody aluminum construction first introduced by the MacBook Air. The MacBook resembles a shrunken MacBook Pro, with an LED-backlit screen, a multi-touch glass trackpad, and a Mini DisplayPort. However, the former has lost its FireWire port and retained an integrated graphics solution.

The MacBook family (with the exception of the white MacBook) now uses the black keyboard that was first introduced on the MacBook Air, which itself was inspired by the sunken keyboard of the polycarbonate MacBooks. The now-standarized keyboard brings congruity to the MacBook line, with black keys on a silver aluminum body.

The latest refresh introduced a new NVIDIA chipset to the MacBook family. The chipset brought a 1066 MHz system bus, use of DDR3 system memory, and integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics that is up to five times faster than the graphics offered on the older polycarbonate MacBooks. In addition, the MacBook Pro also features a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card using 256 or 512 MB GDDR3. The white and aluminum MacBooks, as well as the MacBook Air rely solely on the integrated GeForce 9400M graphics.

With the exception of the white MacBook and the base aluminum MacBook models, the MacBook family features illuminated keyboards. A FireWire 800 port and an ExpressCard/34 slot are included with the MacBook Pro; the white MacBook has a FireWire 400 and Mini-DVI port; and the aluminum MacBook and MacBook Air lack FireWire. The unibody MacBook refresh introduced a Mini DisplayPort for all unibody aluminum MacBooks (ie all except for the White). The MacBooks feature two USB 2.0 ports, with the exceptions of the 17" MacBook Pro with three ports, and the MacBook Air with one port.

The lids of the MacBook family are held closed by a magnet with no mechanical latch, a design element first introduced with the polycarbonate MacBook. Memory and hard drive access is straightforward in the current MacBook lineup, aside from the MacBook Air which does not allow easy access for upgrades.

The MacBook Pro models offer the largest screens at higher display resolutions (the 15.4" at 1440×900; 17" at 1920×1200), whilst the MacBook and MacBook Air's 13.3" screens have a 1280×800 resolution. The MacBook family makes use of LED backlighting for the screen displays (except for the White, which uses traditional CFLs). All MacBooks now come standard with a glossy display, which was first introduced with the polycarbonate MacBook (though the 17" MacBook Pro has an optional matte display).

Reviews comparing the unibody MacBooks have described the display found on the MacBook as being of lesser visual quality than those found on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. In the reviews, the MacBook's display was said to have less viewing angle capability, washed out colors, and backlighting that is not as bright.

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MacBook Air

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The MacBook Air is a Macintosh notebook computer designed by Apple. It is positioned as the ultraportable in Apple's MacBook Family and was introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 15, 2008. Apple describes it as the "world's thinnest notebook".

To reduce the computer's size and weight, Apple omitted certain features long standard on laptops. It is Apple's first notebook since the PowerBook 2400c without a built-in removable media drive. Users may purchase an external USB SuperDrive, or use bundled Remote Disc software to access the optical drive of another computer. It is the first subcompact laptop offered by Apple since the full-featured 12" PowerBook G4 was discontinued in 2006.

Similarly to the PowerBook Duo series which preceded it, it lacks many features of the larger MacBooks, including a security slot and an Ethernet port, (although a USB-to-Ethernet adapter may be purchased separately). The MacBook Air has a single USB port. Like the entry-level MacBook, the MacBook Air lacks Cardbus and ExpressCard slots, and does not have a FireWire port.

The Air is Apple's first laptop computer to be offered with an optional solid-state hard drive. ArsTechnica found "moderate" performance improvements of the 64 GB solid-state drive over the standard 80 GB hard drive in tests. On October 14, 2008, new models were announced boasting improved capacities of 128 GB (solid-state) and 120 GB (hard drive). The Air comes with 2 GB non-upgradable RAM as standard.

The CPU on the original Air was a specially designed Intel Core 2 Duo chip, which reduced the chip's packaging size by 60 percent. The processor found on the current Air is a low voltage, small form factor Core 2 Duo "Penryn" with 6MB of cache, running on a 1066 MHz bus.

The laptop is constructed from an aluminum casing similar to the MacBook and MacBook Pro, however it lacks the visible magnetic latch system. The oversized trackpad offers iPhone-like Multi-Touch gestures, an improvement over previous MacBook trackpads. Among the gestures are pinching, swiping, and rotating.

The MacBook Air is pre-loaded with Mac OS X v10.5 and iLife '09.

The MacBook Air can wirelessly access the optical drive of another Mac or Windows PC that has the Remote Disc program installed, allowing the installation of applications from a CD or DVD. It can also reinstall the system software from the included installation DVD. Remote Disc supports netbooting, so the MacBook Air can boot from its installation DVD in another computer's drive. This feature requires Remote Install Mac OS X to be running on the remote computer.

Unlike the rest of the MacBook family, the MacBook Air has no directly user-replaceable parts. Its hard drive, memory, and battery are enclosed within the casing, with memory soldered directly to the motherboard. The MacBook Air's battery is enclosed within the case but unlike the iPod and iPhone only requires normal screwdrivers to replace The hard drive is not soldered and can be replaced through a non-trivial disassembly procedure. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are commercially available. As part of the out-of-warranty service, Apple offers to replace the battery for a fee. It may be possible for the end user to replace the battery, though it is unclear whether this process would void the notebook's warranty. Users looking to replace batteries through third-party vendors will need to wait until replacement batteries are made available for this model.

The MacBook Air has been criticized for its high price compared to other notebooks of similar or better specification, with Engadget suggesting that a premium is being paid for its form factor. The MacBook Air has also been criticized for the difficulty in accessing the headphone and USB port, which are embedded in a small flip-down hatch. Because of tight clearance, some devices, including some headphone plugs and 3G USB cellular modems, will not fit, requiring users to purchase either a powered USB hub or an extension cable.

Due to its lack of FireWire, the MacBook Air does not support Target Disk Mode, which would have enabled it to be used as an external hard drive for quick data transfers or operating system repairs.

Several MacBook Air users since the release of the first-generation product have complained of problems with severe overheating, causing CPU lockup. This effect appears to be correlated with temperature; however, the effect can be seen at CPU temperatures as low as 66 degrees Celsius. A software update released by Apple in early March 2008 attempted to fix the problem but had mixed results; the deactivation of 1 CPU core appears to have been corrected; however, the runaway kernel problem remains for at least some users. The problem seems to appear during system-intensive tasks such as video playback or video chatting.

Turning the integrated fans to full speed by using third-party software or using USB-powered cool-pads does not cool down the notebook sufficiently to prevent core shutdowns however an application called Coolbook can be downloaded which regulates the voltage of each of the six processing speeds of the Air. It has been said by users that it has worked better than the Apple update for the heating issue although Apple has stated that these software are unsupported, should be removed and that users should rely on the update.

Users of the first revision are encountering issues where the plastic holding the right hinge cracks under normal use, making the notebook nearly unuseable.

Very subtle lines are appearing on the Displays of rev. B machines, causing a source of annoyance for users who are experiencing them.

The MacBook Air launch was accompanied by a television commercial emphasizing its PC like qualities. In the commercial a hand unthreads a manila envelope and slides out a MacBook Air, then opens it to wake it from sleep. The music playing is "New Soul" by Yael Naïm. This advertisement has often been parodied and comically reproduced, often depicting much thicker models being pulled out of manila envelopes in the same fashion, sometimes with difficulty. One such parody, purportedly from market rival Lenovo, depicts a failed attempt to return a MacBook Air to its envelope with a variety of accessories, before removing that manufacturer's ThinkPad X300 notebook from a similar envelope.

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Source : Wikipedia