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 were initially housed in designs similar to the iBook and PowerBook lines which preceded them, now making use of a unibody aluminum construction first introduced with the MacBook Air. This new construction also has a black plastic 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 metallic 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, drives, and batteries were accessible in the old MacBook lineup, though the newest compact lineup solders or glues all such components in place.

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. The MacBooks featured two USB 3.0 ports, while the 17-inch MacBook Pro (now discontinued) contained two.[2] The revised polycarbonate MacBook was the first Mac since the iBook DV to lack FireWire ports.

Current MacBook family models[edit]

Further information: Comparison of Macintosh models
A size comparison of the unibody line of MacBook Pros.

MacBook[edit]

Apple Macbook 12inch Sideview

The MacBook features many firsts from Apple, including a butterfly mechanism keyboard, the Force Touch trackpad, and a USB Type-C port.[3] This lack of Type-A USB ports ubiquitous among modern PCs means it requires a mechanical adapter to attach almost any 3rd-party peripheral on release. The ports consist of one USB Type-C, able to charge the MacBook, and a headphone/microphone jack compatible with inline remote control. Adapters are available for USB, mDP, HDMI, and VGA.[4] This Apple laptop is also the first in 17 years since the “Wallstreet” PowerBook G3 to lack a translucent illuminated Apple logo on the back of its lid, instead having a polished metal logo.

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.

MacBook Pro[edit]

The MacBook Pro features FireWire 800, a Thunderbolt port, an SD Card slot (ExpressCard/34 slot on the discontinued 17-inch model), 2 Type-A USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, and a DVD drive.[6]

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. Its headline feature is a high resolution display (227 PPI on the 13 inch model, 220 PPI for the 15 inch model).

Comparisons[edit]

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
1.6 GHz (Dual Core) Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ TBA 128 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 6000 1.5 GB Shared 1366 × 768 $899 (USD) / $1099 (CAD) / £749 (GBP) / $1249 (AUD)
1440 × 900 $999 (USD) / $1199 (CAD) / £849 (GBP) / $1399 (AUD)
1.1 GHz (Dual Core) Core M 8 GB 1600 MHZ 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 5300 2304 × 1440
(Retina Display)
$1299 (USD) / $1549 (CAD) / £1049 (GBP) / $1799 (AUD)
1.2 GHz (Dual Core) Core M 512 GB SSD $1599 (USD) / $1899 (CAD) / £1049 (GBP) / $2199 (AUD)
2.5 GHz (Dual Core) Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1099 (USD) / $1349 (CAD) / £899 (GBP) / $1549 (AUD)
2.7 GHz (Dual Core) Core i5 8 GB 1866 MHZ 128 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 6100 1.5 GB Shared 2560 × 1600
(Retina Display)
$1299 (USD) / $1549 (CAD) / £999 (GBP) / $1799 (AUD)
2.9 GHz (Dual Core) Core i5 512 GB SSD $1799 (USD) / $2199 (CAD) / £1399 (GBP) / $2499 (AUD)
2.2 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 16 GB 1600 MHZ 256 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 5200 2880 × 1800
(Retina Display)
$1999 (USD) / $2449 (CAD) / £1599 (GBP) / $2799 (AUD)
2.5 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 512 GB SSD Intel HD Graphics 5200
AMD Radeon R9 M370X
2GB $2499 (USD) / $3049 (CAD) / £1999 (GBP) / $3499 (AUD)

Timeline of the MacBook family

iMac (Intel-based) MacBook Pro#Third generation (Retina) MacBook Pro#Third generation (Retina) MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody) MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody) MacBook Pro#Second generation (unibody) MacBook Pro#First generation MacBook Pro#First generation MacBook#Unibody aluminum model MacBook Pro#First generation MacBook#Unibody polycarbonate model MacBook#Original polycarbonate model MacBook#Original polycarbonate model MacBook Air MacBook Air


Timeline of portable Macintoshes

Mac Pro Power Mac G5 Power Mac G4 Power Macintosh G3 Power Macintosh Compact Macintosh MacBook MacBook MacBook Air iBook G4 iBook G4 iBook (white) iBook (white) iBook PowerBook 2400 PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo PowerBook Duo iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS iPhone 3G iPhone (original) iPad 2 iPad (original) iPod Touch iPod Touch iPod Touch iPod Touch Apple Newton MacBook Pro MacBook Pro MacBook Pro MacBook Pro MacBook Pro PowerBook G4 PowerBook G4 PowerBook G4 PowerBook G4 PowerBook G3 PowerBook 3400 PowerBook G3 PowerBook 1400 PowerBook 5300 PowerBook 190 PowerBook 500 PowerBook 500 PowerBook 500 PowerBook 150 PowerBook 180c PowerBook 165 PowerBook 145b PowerBook 180 PowerBook 165c PowerBook 160 PowerBook 145 PowerBook 170 PowerBook 140 PowerBook 100 Macintosh Portable

Sales[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Tech Specs". Apple.com. Apple. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
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