To the pleasant surprise of the Mac community, Apple began shipping the MacBook Pro (MBP) the week of 2006.02.14 – and with faster CPUs than originally announced. The US$1,999 MBP ships with a 1.83 GHz CPU instead of 1.67 GHz, and the US$2,499 MBP has a 2.0 GHz CPU instead of 1.83 GHz.
For those clamoring for even more speed, there’s a 2.16 GHz build-to-order option at a US$300 premium. This is the first time in Apple history that a computer has been released with a faster CPU than originally announced, and it’s also the first time Apple has offered a faster CPU as a build-to-order option in a notebook.
Apple marked the transition to Intel by discontinuing the well-known, long-respected PowerBook name. The Intel-based pro laptop is known as the MacBook Pro, a name that met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception at the Expo keynote.
Built around Intel’s Core Duo CPU, the new ‘Book offers up to 4x the performance of the old one. That’s a lot of power!
The new MacBook Pro looks a lot like the old 15″ PowerBook G4 at first glance, but its 15.4″ 1440 x 900 display (up from 15.2″ and down from 1440 x 960) is the brightest Apple has ever used on a notebook. It is a bit larger and thinner than the 15″ PowerBook G4.
There are two other visual clues that this ‘Book is different. There’s a black square above the display for the iSight webcam. And there’s a round spot on the front, a receiver that works with Apple’s remote.
Just like the iMac, the MacBook Pro comes with Front Row.
New with the MacBook Pro is the MagSafe power connector, which is designed to detach itself when someone trips over the cord, thus preventing your ‘Book from crashing to the floor.
Other changes include built-in dual-DVI support for Apple’s 30″ Cinema Display, ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics, an ExpressCard/34 slot (replacing the older PC Card), elimination of FireWire 800, and a “downgrade” to a 4x single-layer SuperDrive.
Note that the built-in display is only capable of 18-bit color, not the full 24-bit color you might expect.
What You Need to Know
Using the 32-bit only Core Duo CPUs allowed Apple to introduce Intel-based Macs before the Core 2 Duo, which supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operation, came to market. Because OS X 10.7 Lion is a 64-bit only operating system, Core Duo Macs do not support it, making OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard the end of the Mac OS road for the earliest Intel Macs.
With a 2 GB memory ceiling, this MacBook Pro wouldn’t run Lion decently anyhow, but the first generation Intel Macs run Snow Leopard very nicely with 2 GB of RAM. If your Early 2006 MacBook Pro has 512 MB, upgrade immediately. You really need 1 GB to get okay performance from OS X 10.4 Tiger or 10.5 Leopard. As of August 2014, you can get 2 GB for $23 from Other World Computing, and with Snow Leopard just $20 from Apple, take this MacBook Pro as far as it will go with RAM and operating system.
Early MacBook Pros used decent 5400 rpm hard drives, but newer drives will provide much snappier performance. 7200 rpm notebook drives start at $59 these days (August 2014), and for a serious speed boost, Other World Computing offers a 44 GB solid state drive (SSD) for just $50, although you’ll probably want something with more capacity.
Closed Lid Mode: All Intel ‘Books support “lid closed” (or clamshell) mode, which leaves the built-in display off and dedicates all video RAM to an external display. To used closed lid mode, your ‘Book must be plugged into the AC adapter and connected to an external display and a USB or Bluetooth mouse and keyboard (you might also want to consider external speakers). Power up your ‘Book until the desktop appears on the external display and then close the lid. Your ‘Book will go to sleep, but you can wake it by moving the mouse or using the keyboard. The built-in display will remain off, and the external monitor will become your only display.
To resume use of the internal display, you need to disconnect the external display, put the computer to sleep, and then open the lid. This will wake up your ‘Book and restore use of the built-in display.
The Intel-based Macs use a new partitioning scheme known as GPT. Macintel models can only boot from GPT hard drives; APM (Apple’s old partitioning scheme) hard drives cannot be used to boot them. Further, Power PC Macs running any version of the Mac OS prior to 10.4.2 cannot mount GPT volumes.
On the plus side, Macintel models are the only Macs that can boot OS X from a USB hard drive. That should make a lot of Mac users happy, although it may be the beginning of the end for external drives with dual FireWire 400/USB 2.0 support.
Battery life is comparable to the 15″ PowerBook G4.
As of April 2006, there were five revisions of the MacBook Pro, A-E. Serial numbers of the original begin with W8608.
- W8607/8, Rev. A.
- W8609, Rev. B.
- W8610, Rev. C.
- W8611, Rev. D.
- W8612, Rev. E.
We wonder what went wrong here, as this is a very fast and unusual hardware revision schedule for Apple. The models demonstrated at Macworld Expo were preproduction prototypes, and shipping models have had reports of whining, AirPort problems, flickering displays (esp. at maximum brightness), and excessive heat. Perhaps the combination of Intel designing the motherboard and Apple designing an even slimmer enclosure have both been contributing factors, but these issues should have been worked out before Apple began shipping the MBP, not worked out in the hands of guinea pig customers during the first six weeks or so of sales.
Apple has begun replacing logic boards to solve “whining” problems. Models with the new logic board require 10.4.6 or later.
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- Introduced 2006.01.10 at US$1,999 (1.83 GHz) and US$2,499 (2.0 GHz); began shipping 2006.02.14. Build-to-order 2.16 GHz model available for US$2,799. Speed bump 2006.05.15 to US$1,999 (2.0 GHz) and US$2,499 (2.16 GHz), glossy finish screen a new CTO option. Replaced by Core 2 Duo model 2006.10.24.
- Part no.: MA090 (1.83 GHz), MA091 (2.0 GHz)
- ID: MacBookPro1,1
- Requires Mac OS X 10.4.4 Tiger (10.4.6 with new logic board) to 10.6 Snow Leopard; not compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
- Grand Central Dispatch is supported.
- 64-bit operation is not supported with Core Solo or Core Duo CPUs. Upgrading with a Core 2 Duo CPU will not change that.
- OpenCL is not supported with the Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU.
- CPU: 1.83/2.0/2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo (Yonah), soldered in place, no upgrade options
- Level 2 cache: 2 MB shared cache on CPU
- Bus: 667 MHz
- RAM: 512 MB (original 1.67 GHz, later 1.83 GHz) or 1 GB (original 1.83 GHz, later 2.0 and 2.16 GHz), expandable to 2 GB using PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM
- performance, Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 2588 (2.16 GHz), 2388 (2.0 GHz), 2210 (1.83 GHz)
- performance, Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 2684 (2.16 GHz), 2482 (2.0 GHz), 2307 (1.83 GHz)
- performance, Xbench 1.3 (1.83 GHz)
- overall: 93.12
- CPU: 67.79
- memory: 106.15
- Quartz graphics: 106.16
- OpenGL graphics: 123.46
- Hard drive: 25.12
- GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 on PCI Express with dual-link DVI support
- VRAM: 128 MB on low-end model, 256 MB on high-end model.
- Video out: DVI connector (VGA supported with included adapter; S-video and composite video supported with optional adapters)
- display: 15.4″ (38 cm) 16-bit 1440 x 900 110 ppi color active matrix
- supports 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640, 800 x 600, 720 x 480, and 640 x 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 x 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio
- allows mirroring to external display or extended desktop mode
- Hard drive: 80 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA on low-end model, 100 GB 5400 rpm drive on high-end model
- optical drive: 4x SuperDrive writes DVD±R and DVD±RW at up to 4x, reads DVDs at 8x (double-layer at 6x), writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 10x, reads CDs at 24x
- expansions bays: none
- USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports, one on each side
- FireWire 400: 1 port
- FireWire 800: none
- Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
- WiFi: 802.11g AirPort Extreme built in
- Modem: optional v.92 56k external USB modem
- Bluetooth: BT 2.0 built in
- IR receiver: supports Apple Remote
- ExpressCard/34: 1 slot
- expansions bays: none
- size: 9.6 x 14.1 x 1.0″ (259 x 357 x 25.9 mm)
- Weight: 5.6 pounds (2.54 kg)
- battery: 60 watt-hour lithium-polymer
- AC adapter: 85W MagSafe
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- MacBook sales up 94%, MacBook Pro update expected at WWDC, new notebooks from Intel and Palm, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.06.01. Also upgrading the MacBook Pro’s hard drive, Axiotron Modbook to begin shipping, manual fan control for G4 PowerBooks, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- Apple sued: Can 262,144 colors be considered ‘millions’?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.05.16. A new class action lawsuit claims Apple is deceiving buyers when it claims to display “millions of colors” on its notebook computers. What’s really going on here?
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- 1 core, 2 cores, 4 cores, 8: How Much Difference Does It Make?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.04.10. Geekbench scores make it possible to compare the newest 3 GHz 8-core Mac Pro with the 1.5 GHz Core Solo Mac mini – and all the models in between.
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- Flaming MacBook, flash-based MacBook mini speculation, NEC’s daylight-friendly LCD, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.03.16. Also tricking out the MacBook Pro, SanDisk and Intel enter flash drive market, DuelAdapter lets MacBook Pro use PCMCIA and CardBus cards, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $1,999, and more.
- 11 No Cost Tips for Optimizing Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Performance, Ed Eubanks Jr, The Efficient Mac User, 2007.03.12. If your Mac is getting sluggish, here are 11 tips that can help restore its original performance.
- DST fixes & info for OS X, Classic Mac OS; Maynor demos WiFi hack; Samsung’s hybrid drive; and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.03.09. Also glossy vs. matte displays, troubleshooting slot-loading drives, 802.11n upgrade for MacBooks and Intel iMacs, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,299, and more.
- 12″ PowerBook G4 the new Pismo?, recovering MacBook Pro wakeup failure, MacBook Pro noise, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.03.02. Also why you should buy a MacBook Pro, Apple Store’s inefficient RAM upgrade, PB/iBook lower RAM slot failure, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,299, and more.
- CrossOver: Run Windows Apps on Intel Macs Without Windows, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2007.02.28. If you need to run Windows apps on your Intel Mac once in a while, CrossOver may be the least expensive way to do so since it eliminates the need to buy a copy of Windows.
- Simple ergonomics for the road warrior, Ed Eubanks Jr, The Efficient Mac User, 2007.01.16. The benefits of external keyboards and mice, laptop stands, typing gloves, and anti-RSI software for notebook users.
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- Cable company sets PowerBook ablaze, glossy vs. matte, first 300 GB notebook drive, MacBook reviews, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.15. Also lithium polymer batteries, ‘handheld lag’ from using PDAs for email, MacBook Pro target disk mode bug, wireless DSL card for MacBook Pros, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $1,999, and more.
- Parallels Revisited: Release Version Far More Polished than Beta, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.11.21. Parallels lets you run Windows or Linux without rebooting your Intel-based Mac, and it’s made great strides since the beta came out earlier this year.
- Core 2 boosts MacBook by 7%, undervolting ups battery life and drops heat, firmware update for MB and MBP, more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.17. Also 17″ MacBook Pro delays, extended warranties, making EVDO work with Parallels, MacBook Core 2 developer notes,$50 WiFi PC Card, bargain ‘Books from $275 to $2,199, and more.
- Disabling deep sleep on MacBooks, ‘Other Red’ a scam?, mixed RAM can reduce performance, and more, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.11.13. Also other disk utilities Mac owners should know about, Lombard cooling, Netscape 7 on OS 9, Final Vinyl for ripping LPs, and more.
- MacBook goes Core 2, Core vs. Core 2 benchmarks, MacBook Pro hard drive transplant, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.10. Also the MacBook Pro’s 3 GB memory limit explained, Apple’s 200 GB hard drive, Hitachi’s forthcoming 250 GB drive, a notebook stand with an integrated keyboard, bargain ‘Books from $199 to $2199, and more.
- MacBook Plus: Adding flexibility and easy upgrades to Apple’s notebook line, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2006.10.20. Apple’s current ‘Books have limited expansion options. A MacBook with a device bay that accepted a second battery could be a big success.
- Better laptop performance: What’s the best upgrade?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.10.09. Memory, CPU, bus speed, and hard drives all impact performance and battery life. Which upgrades will give you the most up time in the field?
- Region Free DVD Viewing Options for Intel and PowerPC Macs, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.09.12. Several hardware and software options that will let your view ‘wrong region’ DVDs on your PowerPC or Intel Mac.
- Apple updates battery recall, MacBook ‘best computer for school’, random MacBook shutdown, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.09.01. Also more on battery safety, high capacity battery for 14″ iBooks, low-cost USB 2.0 PC Cards, turn your ‘Book into a reading light, bargain ‘Books from $380 to $2,399, and more.
- Merom and the MacBook, Apple’s original Duo laptop, Dell battery woes may impact Apple, iBook G3 SuperDrive, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.08.18. Also MacBook a back-to-school recommendation, MagSafe patent may block third-party power adapters, wrist rug and trackpad film for MacBook and Pro, bargain ‘Books from $119 to $1,699, and more.
- MacBook Pro battery exchange, MacBook reliability, strangest MacBook hacks, DIY laptop case, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.08.04. Also Apple admits MacBook issues, more on palmrest issues, powering the $100 laptop, another Dell notebook bursts into flames, repairing your AC adapter, bargain ‘Books from $300 to $2,149, and more.
- Apple ‘Books now 12% of market, MacBook Pro’s ‘daft power supply’, pimp your MacBook, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.07.28. Also more Americans taking laptops to work on vacation, updates on MacBook noise and discoloration, dozens of burned Dell laptops, bargain ‘Books from $335 to $1,799, and more.
- Is 512 MB enough?, Macs gain share in business, wireless Mighty Mouse, Toast adds Blu-ray support, and more, Mac News Review, 2006.07.28. Also OWC’s FireWire 400 & 800/USB 2.0/eSATA drives, miniXpress 160 GB drive, Jeep flash drives, SteerMouse supports up to 8 buttons plus vertical and horizontal scrolling, and miniStat2 system monitor.
- 7 tools for keeping your laptop (uh, notebook) cool, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.07.24. A quick look at the Podium CoolPad, ChillMat, ChillHubs, Laptop Desk, Xpad, iLap, and iBreeze – seven stands designed to keep you ‘Books running cooler.
- Exploding laptops, ExpressCard 34 roll-out, 1.75 GHz G4 upgrade, SeisMac, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.07.14. Also MacBook reviews, problems using disk images to install Windows on Intel Macs, nylon vs. leather cases, 160 GB hard drive upgrade, size matters, and bargain ‘Books from $280 to $1,299.
- Drive matters, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.06.14. There’s more to picking the right hard drive than size, spindle speed, buffer size, and price. But how can a 5400 rpm drive ever outperform a 7200 rpm drive?
- Upgraded PowerBook vs. new MacBook: Which makes more sense?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.06.12. Especially for serious gamers, the older PowerBooks with their graphics processors and dedicated memory run circles around the low-end Intel GMA 950 graphics of the MacBook.
- Power strategies for using your ‘Book in the field: Batteries and AC adapters, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.06.05. One or two extra batteries and at least one spare AC adapter can be essential when you’re traveling and need to get hours and hours of use from your ‘Book.
- Matte vs. glossy screens, Charles W Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.06.05. Also how DiskWarrior can save the day even when it ‘fails’, thoughts on keyboards for those with neuropathy in their hands, Norton SystemWorks for Mac, and more on OS X browsers.
- MacBook a sign of things to come to MacBook Pro line, Jake Goodridge, Fresh Picked Apples, 2006.05.26. The MacBook isn’t just an incredible value compared to the MacBook Pro, it also introduces some features sure to migrate to the pro line.
- What’s the best ‘Book for my needs: MacBook, MacBook Pro, iBook, or PowerBook?, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.05.25. You need to balance size, weight, price, power, and processor to find just the right ‘Book for your own needs.
- Picking the right laptop in 2006, Andrew J Fishkin, The Mobile Mac, 2006.05.23. You need to balance size, weight, price, power, and battery life to find just the right notebook computer for your own needs.
- Glossy MacBook screen, MacBook keyboard, fix for MacBook Pro heat problems, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.05.19. Also inside the MacBook, positive 17″ MacBook Pro reviews, third-party power supplies, Hitachi’s notebook ‘drive of steel’, bargain ‘Books from $1,000 to $2,199, and more.
- MacBook Pro whining and overheating, 80 GB drive failure in 1.5 GHz PowerBooks, Pismo G4 price drop, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.05.05. Also problems with MacBook Pro batteries, MacBook Pro firmware update, transceiver doubles MacBook WiFi range, Temperature Monitor updated, bargain ‘Books from $230 to $1,849, and more.
- 13″ widescreen ‘Books ‘imminent’, colors possible; MacBook available with Windows preinstalled, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.04.21. Also lots of Windows users choosing MacBooks, MacBook’s underclocked graphics, MacBook firmware update, bargain ‘Books from $325 to $2,399, and more.
- Apple’s original Boot Camp installation instructions, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, 2006.04.11. “Was it just me, or did anyone else catch those little jabs at Windows on the Boot Camp installation page? ‘If your computer becomes infected, well, what did you expect?’ and so on.”
- Apple joins ‘Win on Mac’ army with Boot Camp, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.04.07. The hackers did it first, but Apple’s Boot Camp is a much more elegant solution to putting Windows XP on Macintel hardware.
- 13″ widescreen MacBook coming?, 5400 vs. 7200 rpm notebook drives, MacBook Pro issues, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.04.07. Major League Baseball online, lesson of $100 laptop, slot-loading drive in a white iBook, bargain ‘Books from $300 to $2,399 (refurb 2.16 GHz MacBooks!), and more.
- Boot Camp: Apple officially supports Windows XP booting on Macintel hardware, The Macintel Report, 2006.04.06. No more need to do any hacks to get WinXP booting on Apple’s Intel-based Macs. Apple’s new Boot Camp software fully supports it.
- MagSafe up in flames, MacBook love, turn iBook into desktop, USB 2.0 faster on Macintel, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.03.24. Lots of positive MacBook press, Apple sells 36,000 iBooks to Maine, DayStar’s 1.92 GHz PowerBook G4 upgrade, 32 GB flash drive for ‘books, bargain ‘Books from $230 to $1,999, and more.
- Windows XP on Macintel a reality, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.03.23. It took a while, but it’s now possible to boot Windows XP on the new Intel-based Macs.
- WinXP boots on Macintel, real world thinking about Rosetta performance, and Intel’s impact on future Macs, The Macintel Report, 2006.03.23. If you want to run Windows XP on Macintel hardware, it’s now possible. Also, common sense thinking about Rosetta speed and how Intel’s future CPU plans will shape the Mac.
- Ego’s clamshell notebook, MacBook praise, battery update for 15″ AlBook, FlashDiscs, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.03.17. New Windows laptop looks a lot like old clamshell iBook, MacBook Pro not compatible with some wireless services, lots of MacBook Pro reports, battery calibration tips, bargain ‘Books from $399 to $1,699, and more.
- 2 GHz MacBook Pro vs. upgraded PowerBook G4, MacBook reviews, ‘Simpson-proof’ MagSafe, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.03.10. Lots of new reviews and benchmarks of the MacBook Pro, a tiny USB 2.0 flash drive, 3 new PC Cards for OS X, bargain ‘Books from $50 to $1,699, and more.
- Positive MacBook Pro press, sticking with a PowerBook, super capacity batteries for Lombard and Pismo, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.03.03. Also troubleshooting a MacBook Pro that won’t turn on, higher capacity 12″ PowerBook battery, wireless drivers adds speed and range, bargain ‘Books from $320 to $1,849, and more.
- MacBook battery life and performance, MacBook teardown guide, longer life PowerBook batteries, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.02.24. Also iTab, an iBook turned into a tablet; end in sight for 12″ and 17″ PowerBooks; QuickerTek Automator antenna switching software; bargain ‘Books from $390 to $1,849; and more.
- MacBook Pro: What’s up with bumping the speed when Apple can’t even meet demand?, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.02.16. More speed for the same price is nice, but why not concentrate on meeting demand first? And what’s with that $300 premium for the 2.16 GHz model?
- Apple, IBM, and Intel: The choice was clear, and the transition says a lot about Apple, Paul Brierley, The ‘Book Beat, 2006.02.13. Apple’s history is full of change, and when it became obvious that IBM was pushing power while Intel was switching the focus to efficiency, the time was right to move Apple to Intel.
- Computer benchmarks and other baloney: Don’t expect 2-4x performance from Intel Macs, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2006.02.06. The Intel Macs are faster than the models they replace, but only with software written for them. With older software, they’re actually slower than last year’s Macs.
- New tech parallels and perils: PowerBook 5300 and MacBook Pro, Paul Brierley, The ‘Book Beat, 2006.02.06. Ten years ago, Apple’s PowerBook 5300 was known for flaming batteries, sluggish performance, and underperforming emulation. Has Apple learned their lesson, or will the MacBook Pro repeat history?
- Tech: Booting an Intel iMac from an external drive, Jonathan Rentzsch, TidBITS, 2006.01.30. Intel Macs use a different partitioning scheme (GPT) than older Macs (APM), so you can’t simply update an existing drive – your must repartition it with GPT.
- Comparing Apples to Apples: When is Macintel faster? When does PowerPC make more sense?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.01.29. Benchmarks show the Intel Core Duo flies through native code but plods through PowerPC programs. Will PowerPC or Intel give you the more productive workflow?
- Macintel stumbling block: Sometimes you need Classic, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report, 2006.01.25. As nice as the new Intel Macs seem to be, the lack of any Classic environment makes it impossible for some people to upgrade.
- MacBook Pro benchmarked, launched too soon?, battery life, ExpressCard slot, and more, Charles W Moore, The ‘Book Review, 2006.01.20. Also win a MacBook Pro, BlackBerry to support OS X, 1.2 GHz G4 upgrade for TiBook, Seagate’s new 160 GB notebook drive, bargain ‘Books from $369 to $1,699, and more.
- MacBook Pro Performance Analysis, Craig Wood, Woodware, 01.17. Preproduction MacBook Pro compared to 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4, 2 GHz dual Power Mac G5, and 500 MHz PowerBook G4.
- Four times the power makes the MacBook Pro ‘totally lustworthy’, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.01.12. Apple claims the MacBook Pro is four times as powerful at the PowerBook G4. Then add iSight, Front Row, and a remote control, and it’s another winner for Apple.
- MacBook Pro – Technical Specifications, Apple
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