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MacBook Pro
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The MacBook Pro 15"
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeNotebook
Release dateFebruary 14, 2006 (last updated October 14, 2008)
Base priceUSD$1,999 (as of October 14, 2008)
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo (2.4, 2.53, 2.6, 2.8 GHz)
Web siteApple - MacBook Pro

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. 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 design is a more tapered design with most of the casing made from a single block of aluminum.

Discrete-construction MacBook ProEdit

The original 15" MacBook Pro was announced on January 10, 2006 at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. The 17" model was later introduced on April 24, 2006. When first introduced, the MacBook Pro was noted for being lacking in ports and slightly lacking in screen resolution in comparison to its predecessor, as FireWire 800 and S-Video were missing. Other changes included the introduction of MagSafe, a magnetic power connector designed to detach easily when yanked to prevent the laptop from being pulled off a surface, and an ExpressCard slot replacing the PCMCIA slot.

Industrial DesignEdit

Aside from the addition of an iSight camera to the display bezel, the removal and change in connectivity options, and a relocation of the AirPort antenna, the MacBook Pro's appearance is virtually unchanged from that of the PowerBook G4. Much of the features remain the same, as well, such as the ambient light sensor, back-lit keyboard, and sudden motion sensor. A multi-touch trackpad was made available on the Early 2008 revision.

When the MacBook was announced, a glossy screen option was added.

Quality ProblemsEdit

Template:Criticism-section Users have reported numerous issues with some of the MacBook Pro Core Duo and Core 2 Duo laptops. These include:

  • A hissing noise often described as a whine, found to be caused by an idle processor. Software workarounds and the effect of screen position and power source on the issue have been reported.[1][2] As of July 2006, Apple acknowledged the problem[3], and a replacement mainboard has fixed the "whine" issue for some users.
  • A claim of excessive heat generation, which was initially speculated to be caused by the application of excessive quantities of thermal grease on the processor during manufacturing. As of August 28, 2007, that problem has been resolved.[4]
  • Some early models (serial numbers starting below W8610) had a screen hum emitting from the right side of the machine present when display brightness was set "somewhere between maximum and minimum brightness."[1]
  • In some early models the supplied battery is faulty, and may eventually start swelling while losing capacity[5]. Due to very limited clearance above the battery this can cause permanent damage to the touch pad if left unfixed.[6] Apple eventually addressed the problem and issued a recall of the batteries that were used in certain models of the 15" MacBook Pro. The batteries did not pose a safety risk and were recalled due to the failure to meet Apple's "high standards for battery performance."[7]
  • In May 2007, Apple released Battery Update 1.2, which was designed to improve battery life. In conjunction with this update, Apple created a repair extension program to extend the replacement coverage of batteries that exhibited some specific failure symptoms that were not corrected by the new update.[8]
  • Although no formal test results have been published, many users are reporting that some of these issues were fixed in later models (week 11 and onwards).[9]
  • There have been complaints about the MagSafe power adaptor breaking at its magnetic connector head, and in some instances melting while the wire is exposed.[10]
  • Apple quickly addressed an issue after the June 5 revision involving occasional problems with "Display Hot Swapping", resulting in one or both screens temporarily dimming or blanking completely.[11]
  • Apple has been accused of supplying sub-standard LCD display hardware with their MacBook Pros. While Apple marketing claims that the display is capable of 8-bit RGB with millions (16,777,216, or 224) of colors, they are using 6-bit LCD screens that only provide 262,144 (218) colors natively with dithering to simulate millions of colors. This is a fairly common process for laptop manufacturers. However, a problem has been noticed with their dithering routine that can create artifacts during the display of gradients in images, which is inconvenient for graphic artists. The problem manifests only on the internal LCD display and not on external monitors.[citation needed] There is a class action law suit underway.[12]
  • A small number of users have noticed that the audio-out jack on the 2007 revision MacBook Pro puts out varying amounts of hiss, static, and whine. This issue affects all 2007 revision MacBook Pro models and appears to be a design flaw of the computer's logic board.[13] The issue has not been acknowledged by Apple or resolved as of the February 2008 revision.[citation needed]

ModelsEdit

Component Intel Core Duo Intel Core 2 Duo
Model Early 2006 [1] [2] [3] Late 2006 [4] Mid 2007 [5] [6] Early 2008 [7] Late 2008 [8]
Model #s MA463LL/A or MA464LL/A; MA600LL or MA601LL MA0922LL/A MA609LL or MA610LL MA611LL/A MA895LL or MA896LL; MA895LL/A or MA896LL/A MA897LL/A MB133LL/A or MB134LL/A MB166LL/A MB766LL/A
Display
(all widescreen)
15", matte or glossy, 1440 × 900 17", matte or glossy, 1680 × 1050 15", matte or glossy, 1440 × 900 17", matte or glossy, 1680 × 1050 15", matte or glossy, 1440 × 900
with LED backlight
17", matte or glossy, 1680 × 1050
Optional 1920 × 1200
15", matte or glossy, 1440 × 900
with LED backlight
17", matte or glossy, 1680 × 1050
Optional LED backlit 1920 × 1200
17", glossy, LED backlit 1920 × 1200
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128 MB or 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI nVidia Geforce 8600M GT with 128 MB or 256 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI nVidia Geforce 8600M GT with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI nVidia Geforce 8600M GT with 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI
Hard driveTemplate:Ref 80 GB, 100 GB, Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 100 GB, 7200 RPM. or 120 GB, 5400 RPM.
120 GB 160 GB or 200 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 100 GB, 7200 RPM.
120 GB or 160 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 250 GB, 4200 RPM or 160 GB, 7200 RPM.
Optional 250 GB, 5400 RPM or 200 GB, 7200 RPM after November 1 2007.
200 GB or 250 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 200 GB, 7200 RPM or 300 GB, 4200 RPM.
320 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 320 GB, 7200 RPM or 128 GB SSD.
Processor 1.83 GHz (T2400), 2.0 GHz (T2500) or 2.16 GHz (T2600) Intel Core Duo Yonah 2.16 GHz (T2600) Intel Core Duo Yonah 2.16 GHz (T7400) or 2.33 GHz (T7600) Intel Core 2 Duo Merom 2.33 GHz (T7600) Intel Core 2 Duo Merom 2.2 GHz (T7500) & 2.4 GHz (T7700) Intel Core 2 Duo Merom
Optional 2.6 GHz (T7800) after November 1 2007
2.4 GHz (T7700) Intel Core 2 Duo Merom
Optional 2.6 GHz (T7800) after November 1 2007
2.4 GHz (T8300) & 2.5 GHz (T9300) Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn
Optional 2.6 GHz (T9500)
2.5 GHz (T9300) Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn
Optional 2.6 GHz (T9500)
Memory 512 MB or 1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Refto 2 GB)
1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 2 GB)
1 GB or 2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 4 GB, but only 3 GB addressable[14])
2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 4 GB, but only 3 GB addressable)
2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 4 GB)
4 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 4 GB)
AirPort Extreme Integrated 802.11a/b/g Integrated 802.11a/b/g and draft-n (n disabled by default) Template:Ref Integrated 802.11a/b/g and draft-n (n enabled)
Internal Slot-Loading Combo driveTemplate:Ref 8x DVD read, 24x CD-R and 10x CD-RW recording n/a
Internal Slot-Loading SuperDriveTemplate:Ref (optional)8x DVD-DL discs reads. 4x DVD+/-R & RW recording. 24x CD-R and 10x CD-RW recording 4x DVD+R writes, 8x DVD+/-R read, 4x DVD+/-RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording 2.4x DVD+R DL writes, 6x DVD+/-R read, 4x DVD+/-RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording 4x DVD+R DL writes, 8x DVD+/-R read/write, 4x DVD+/-RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording 4x DVD+R DL writes, 8x DVD+/-R read/write, 8x DVD+RW writes, 6x DVD-RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 16x CD-RW recording

aTemplate:Note Hard drives listed are configurations available from Apple.
bTemplate:Note Wireless-N functionality requires the AirPort Extreme Wireless-N Router, which contains wireless-N enabler software to be installed on your MacBook. Alternatively, the enabler software may be purchased from Apple separately.[15]
cTemplate:Note Quoted optical drive speeds are the maximum possible for each drive.
dTemplate:Note Existing memory modules may need to be replaced.

Unibody-construction MacBook ProEdit

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, making the configuration the same as that of the MacBook. The FireWire 400 port was removed, and the DVI port was replaced with Apple's new Mini DisplayPort.

Industrial designEdit

The unibody-construction MacBook Pro largely follows the styling of the iMac and the MacBook Air and is slightly thinner than its predecessor. The matte screen option has been removed with the screen now being glossy and made of glass. The trackpad has also been enlarged and the button replaced, 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 keys. Notably, the hard drive is now easily replaceable, whereas in the discrete-construction MacBook Pro, replacing the hard drive required a complete disassembly of the system.

ModelsEdit

Component Intel Core 2 Duo
Model Late 2008 [9]
Model #s MB470LL/A or MB471LL/A
Display
(all widescreen)
15", glossy glass covered screen, 1440 × 900
with LED backlight
Graphics nVidia Geforce 9400M and nVidia Geforce 9600M GT with 256 MB or 512 MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and mini Display-Port
Hard driveTemplate:Ref 250 GB or 320 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM.
Optional 320 GB, 7200 RPM or 128 GB SSD.
Processor 2.4 GHz (P8600) and 2.53 GHz (P9500) Intel Core 2 Duo
Optional 2.8 GHz (T9600)
Memory 2 or 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMM SDRAM
(ExpandableTemplate:Ref to 4 GB)
AirPort Extreme Integrated 802.11a/b/g and draft-n (n enabled)
Internal Slot-Loading SuperDriveTemplate:Ref 4x DVD+R DL writes, 8x DVD+/-R read/write, 8x DVD+RW writes, 6x DVD-RW writes, 24x CD-R, and 16x CD-RW recording

aTemplate:Note Hard drives listed are configurations available from Apple.
bTemplate:Note Wireless-N functionality requires the AirPort Extreme Wireless-N Router, which contains wireless-N enabler software to be installed on your MacBook. Alternatively, the enabler software may be purchased from Apple separately.[16]
cTemplate:Note Quoted optical drive speeds are the maximum possible for each drive.
dTemplate:Note Existing memory modules may need to be replaced.

Timeline of the MacBook family

See also: Timeline of Macintosh models

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See alsoEdit

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