MacBook family

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The MacBook family is a range of Macintosh notebook computers by Apple Inc. that merged the PowerBook and iBook lines during Apple's transition to Intel processors. The first model released under this family was the MacBook Pro, which was announced on January 10, 2006, at the Macworld Expo. The consumer-focused MacBook was released on May 16, 2006, and the MacBook Air was revealed on January 15, 2008. As of July 20, 2011, the unibody MacBook has been discontinued for consumer sales.[1]

Products[edit]

MacBook Air MacBook Pro MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Ultraportable Mainstream High-end Ultraportable/Professional
11.6" and 13.3" 13.3" 13.3" and 15.4" (Retina)

Past products in the MacBook family include the MacBook as well as the 17" MacBook Pro.

Overview[edit]

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

Comparison of MacBook family models[edit]

A size comparison of the unibody line of MacBook Pros.

The MacBook Pros feature illuminated keyboards. FireWire 800 and Thunderbolt ports and a SD Card slot (ExpressCard/34 slot on the 17 inch model) are included with the MacBook Pro; the polycarbonate MacBook has no FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 port and uses a Mini DisplayPort port for connecting to displays, and the MacBook Air lacks FireWire. The unibody MacBook refresh introduced a Mini DisplayPort for all unibody aluminum MacBooks (i.e. all except for the polycarbonate model). The MacBooks feature two USB 3.0 ports, while the 17" (now discontinued) contained 3 USB ports.[2]

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 regular MacBook has been discontinued.

Displays[edit]

The 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display offers the highest screen resolution at 2880x1800. The 15" MacBook Pro model offers the same screen size at a lower resolution, of 15.4" at 1440×900 or 1680x1050, whilst the rest of the MacBook family's 13.3" screens use a 1280×800 resolution except the 2010 Macbook Air, which uses a 1440x900 display.[3] The MacBook family makes use of LED backlighting for the screen displays. All MacBooks now come standard with a glossy display, which was first introduced with the polycarbonate MacBook (though the 15" MacBook Pro models has an optional matte display).

Comparison table[edit]

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
MacBook Air 1.7 GHz 11 in[4] 1.7 GHz (Dual Core)Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 64-512 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 256 MB Shared 1366 × 768 $999/ €999/ £814 / ₹67900
MacBook Air 1.8 GHz 13 in [4] 1.8 GHz Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 128-512 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1440 × 900 $1199/ €867/ £1054 / ₹81900
MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz 13 in[5] 2.5 GHz Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1199 / €1199 / £999 / ₹81900
MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz 13 in[5] 2.9 GHz Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 750 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1499 / €1499 / £1249 / ₹99900
MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz 13 in[5] 2.5 GHz Core i5 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 128 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 2560 × 1600 $1499 / €1499 / £1249
MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz 13 in[5] 2.6 GHz Core i5 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 256 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 2560 × 1600 $1699 / €1699 / £1449
MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz 15 in[5] 2.3 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB 1440 × 900 $1799 / €1799 / £1499 / ₹122900
MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz 15 in[5] 2.4 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 256 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB 2880 × 1800 (Retina Display) $2199 / €2199 / £1799 / ₹152900
MacBook Pro 2.7 GHz 15 in[5] 2.7 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 512-768 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB 2880 × 1800 (Retina Display) $2799 / €2799 / £2299 / ₹192900

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snell, Jason (July 20, 2011). "Apple discontinues the $999 MacBook". Macworld. Mac Publishing. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "MacBook vs MacBook Pro". Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "MacBook Air - Compare the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air". Apple. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Apple - MacBook Air - The ultimate everyday notebook". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Apple - MacBook Pro Family - It’s never been more powerful". Apple Inc. Retrieved 24 July 2012.