MacBook family

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The MacBook family is a brand of Macintosh laptop computers by Apple Inc. that merged the PowerBook and iBook lines during Apple's transition to Intel processors. The current lineup consists of the MacBook (2006–11, 2015–present),[1] the MacBook Air (2008–present) and the MacBook Pro (2006–present). The new MacBook (2015) is the only macbook that does not incorporate the use of a MagSafe charger, but rather a USB Type-C port.

Overview[edit]

The MacBook family makes use of the unibody aluminum construction first introduced with the MacBook Air. The MacBook family 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 standardized keyboard brings congruity to the MacBook line, with black keys on a silver aluminum body.

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, the Macbook Pro with Retina Display, and the MacBook which do not allow easy access for upgrades.

The MacBook was discontinued until April 2015, when a new model featuring an Ultraportable design and an all metal enclosure was introduced. All of the current MacBooks feature backlit keyboards. 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 old the polycarbonate MacBook had no FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 port and used a Mini DisplayPort port for connecting to displays. Every MacBook utilizes backlit displays, which power the Apple logo on the back (if available).

Current MacBook family models[edit]

A size comparison of the unibody line of MacBook Pros.

MacBook[edit]

The MacBook lacks the illuminated Apple logo on the rear, instead having a polished logo. This computer features many firsts from Apple, including a butterfly mechanism keyboard, the Force Touch trackpad, and a USB Type-C port.[3] Notably, this computer lacks A-type USB ports, a standard found on virtually every modern computer.[citation needed] The ports consist of one USB Type-C, able to charge the MacBook, and a headphone jack. It is also compatible with inputs from USB, Mini Display, HDMI, and VGA, although using these requires an adapter.[4]

MacBook Air[edit]

The Macbook Air is Apple's cheapest computer.[5] It comes in an 11-inch configuration and a 13-inch configuration, and was Apple's thinnest computer until the introduction of the MacBook in March 2015. This model of MacBook does not have a Retina Display.

This model has the lit up apple logo on the back of the display.

MacBook Pro[edit]

The Macbook Pro features FireWire 800, a Thunderbolt port, an SD Card slot (ExpressCard/34 slot on the 17 inch model), 2 Type-A USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, and an Optical Disk Drive.[6] This model has the lit up apple logo on the back of the display.

The MacBook Pro without Retina Display now comes in only one 13 inch model.[7]

MacBook Pro with Retina Display[edit]

The Macbook Pro with Retina display features 2 Thunderbolt ports, an SD Card slot, 2 USB Type-A 3.0 ports and an HDMI port.[8] This was the first of any MacBook models to feature an HDMI port. The Macbook Pro with Retina Display's headline feature is a high resolution display (2560×1600 on the 13 inch model, 2880×1800 for the 15 inch model).

This model has the lit up apple logo on the back of the display.

Comparisons[edit]

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
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
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
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
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
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
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
2.3 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
512MB 1440 × 900 $1799 / €1799 / £1499 / ₹122900
2.4 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 256 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
1GB 2880 × 1800
(Retina Display)
$2199 / €2199 / £1799 / ₹152900
2.7 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 512-768 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics
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". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Macbook Air". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Macbook Pro Tech Specs". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Apple". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Tech Specs". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
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