On 2006.10.24, Apple moved the MacBook Pro line to Intel’s newer Core 2 Duo CPU, claiming “up to 39% faster” performance than the model it replaced. Part of that comes from the more efficient CPU, and part from an 8% faster CPU.
The 15″ MacBook Pro gains FireWire 800, an unfortunate ommission in the original 15″ MacBook Pro. Memory has been doubled to 1 GB standard on the 2.16 GHz model and 2 GB on the 2.33 GHz one, and the memory ceiling is now 3 GB, up from 2 GB in the earlier MacBook Pro. Also, a 120 GB 5400 rpm hard drive is standard, with 160 GB and 200 GB options.
The Late 2006 MacBook Pro looks almost exactly like the earlier 15″ MacBook Pro, but the FireWire 800 port is the clue that you’re looking at the newer model. One more change is moving from a 4x SuperDrive that couldn’t burn dual-layer DVDs to a 6x one with dual-layer support.
Note that the built-in display is only capable of 18-bit color, not the full 24-bit color you might expect.
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.
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.
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- introduced 2006.10.24 at US$1,999 (2.16 GHz) and US$2,499 (2.33 GHz); replaced by LED Backlit model 2007.06.05.
- Part no.: MA609 (2.16 GHz), MA610 (2.33 GHz)
- ID: MacBookPro2,1
- Requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 to 10.7 Lion, not compatible with 10.8 Mountain Lion
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
- Grand Central Dispatch is supported.
- 64-bit operation is supported.
- OpenCL is not supported with the Mobility Radeon X1600 GPU.
- CPU: 2.16/2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom), soldered in place, no upgrade options
- Bus: 667 MHz
- Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 2869 (2.33 GHz), 2689 (2.16 GHz)
- Geekbench 2 (Tiger): 2975 (2.33 GHz), 2781 (2.16 GHz)
- RAM: 1 GB on low-end model, 2 GB on high-end model, expandable to 3 GB using PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM
- Level 2 cache: 4 MB shared cache on CPU
- GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 on PCI Express with dual-link DVI support
- VRAM: 128 MB on 2.16 GHz model, 256 MB on 2.33 GHz 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: 120 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA standard, optional 160 GB 5400 rpm and and 200 GB 4200 rpm drives
- optical drive: 6x dual-layer SuperDrive writes DVD±R at up to 6x, 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
- USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports, one on each side
- FireWire 400: 1 port
- FireWire 800: 1 port
- 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
- WiFi: 802.11g AirPort Extreme built in
- Bluetooth: BT 2.0 built in
- ExpressCard/34: 1 slot
- 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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- The MacBook Pro Core 2 value equation, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2006.10.25. More power, more RAM, bigger hard drives, faster SuperDrive means better value, but Apple also has some excellent deals on refubished Core Duo models.
- Mac Notebook Value for the College Student, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.08.20. “…Apple ‘Books represent the best long-term value for money spent, not to mention user experience….”
- MacBook Pro a revelation, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2010.02.08. After using G4 Macs for over a decade, spending a weekend prepping a first generation MacBook Pro was a real eye opener.
- 5 best sub-$1,000 Mac notebooks for gamers, Dan Bashur, Apple, Tech, and Gaming, 2009.09.25. Good Mac ‘Books for gaming start below $300 and cover the G3, G4, and Intel eras.
- Protect your notebook against loss, theft, data loss, and security breaches, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.08.25. 10 percent of laptops are lost or stolen every year. Tips on preventing theft, securing your data, and recovering from a lost, stolen, or broken notebook.
- The 64-bitness of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.08.19. Although Apple is promoting Snow Leopard as a fully 64-bit operating system, it defaults to running in 32-bit mode.
- The Road Ahead: 64-bit Computing, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.08.19. Personal computers started with 8-bit CPUs, Macs started out with a 24-bit operating system, and 32-bit computing is starting to give way to 64 bits.
- OS X 10.6 requirements, why Apple owns the high end, when to upgrade your Mac, and more, Mac News Review, 2009.08.14. Also Microsoft Word patent infringement, BackPack shelf for iMac and Cinema Displays, two updated Bible study programs, and more.
- OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for $29, run Windows on your Mac for Free, Update Breaks Office 2008, and more, Mac News Review, 2009.08.07. Also getting your Mac ready for Snow Leopard, Time Capsule doubles capacity, Picasa 3 for Mac, Bodega Mac app store, and more.
- Optimized Software Builds Bring Out the Best in Your Mac, Dan Knight, Low End Mac’s Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.30. Applications compiled for your Mac’s CPU can load more quickly and run faster than ones compiled for universal use.
- Intel’s promise fulfilled: More processing power per processor cycle, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2009.06.30. Apple promised improved CPU efficiencies when it announced the move to Intel in 2005. Three years of MacBooks show the progress.
- Low End Mac’s Safe Sleep FAQ, Dan Knight, Online Tech Journal, 2009.06.15. What is Safe Sleep mode? Which Macs support it? How can you enable or disable it? And more.
- The Safe Sleep Mailbag, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2009.06.15. Safe Sleep mode is enabled by default on modern MacBooks. How it works, and how to change how it works.
- MacBook White updated, DIY Mac tablet, danger of ‘Safe Sleep’, $350 80 GB SSD kit, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.05.29. Also Apple tablet ‘confirmed’, 3G and lower cost MacBook Air models rumored, 500 GB bus powered hard drive, Mini DisplayPort adapters, bargain ‘Books from $179 to $2,299, and more.
- Mac ‘Book Power Management Adventures, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.05.19. If your ‘Book won’t power up, shuts down while your working, or has other power issues, resetting its internal power manager may clear things up.
- SSD RAID in MacBook Pro, MacBooks sweep Consumer Reports, new SSD drives from Imation, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.05.11. Also OS X on the Dell Mini 9, MagSafe unsafe?, netbook vs. notebook performance, 8x SuperDrive for older MacBooks, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,200, and more.
- Leaving Linux for a MacBook Pro, Brian Gray, Fruitful Editing, 2009.04.03. Running the $550 HP notebook with Linux just didn’t satisfy, and a good deal on a first generation MacBook Pro made coming back easy.
- No $99 netbooks, Apple netbook will fail, learning from a stolen laptop, tiny iDrive, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2009.03.27. Also OLED coming to MacBooks and iPhone, X1600 issues in older MacBook Pro models, battery tips, online backup, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,999, and more.
- Making the switch from a G4 PowerBook to a Unibody MacBook, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.03.17. The transition to an Intel-based Mac hasn’t been without its problems – slow dialup performance, incompatibility with Eudora, and no real gain in speed with standby apps.
- 2 compact portable USB 2.0 hubs, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2009.01.12. Compact hubs from Targus and Proporta make a great complement to your notebook computer. Each accepts a third-party AC adapter to provide bus power.
- Ubuntu Linux and Boot camp make it easy to create a triple boot Mac, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.12.24. Boot Camp makes it easy to install Windows on Intel Macs, and Ubuntu now makes it easy to install Linux to a virtual Windows drive.
- Notebooks and blackouts, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2008.12.23. When the power goes out, a notebook computer with long-lasting batteries lets you keep working for hours and hours.
- The ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’ Guide to Installing Mac OS X Updates, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.12.16. Most users encounter no problems using Software Update, but some preflight work and using the Combo updater means far less chance of trouble.
- Why You Should Partition Your Mac’s Hard Drive, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.12.11. “At the very least, it makes sense to have a second partition with a bootable version of the Mac OS, so if you have problems with your work partition, you can boot from the ’emergency’ partition to run Disk Utility and other diagnostics.”
- MacBook slowdown without battery, DisplayPort and DRM, 256 GB SSD, MagSafe solutions, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.11.26. Also Mac netbook prospects, laptop cooling table with 2 fans, solar notebook bag, hard shell cases for unibody ‘Books, bargain ‘Books from $500 to $2,299, and more.
- Software to keep your MacBook cool, Phil Herlihy, The Usefulness Equation, 2008.11.25. Heat is the enemy of long hardware life. Two programs to keep your MacBook running cooler.
- Virtualization shootout: VMWare Fusion 2 vs. Parallels Desktop 4, Kev Kitchens, Kitchens Sync, 2008.11.20. Both programs do the same thing, but one runs Windows XP smoothly alongside Mac apps, while the other bogs down everything but Windows.
- How to clone Mac OS X to a new hard drive, Simon Royal, Tech Spectrum, 2008.10.07. Whether you want to put a bigger, faster drive in your Mac or clone OS X for use in another Mac, here’s the simple process.
- CodeWeavers brings Google’s Chrome browser to Intel Macs, Alan Zisman, Zis Mac, 2008.10.02. Google’s new Chrome browser uses separate processes for each tab and brings other changes to Windows users. Now Mac fans can try it as well.
- Apple Trumps Microsoft in Making the 64-bit Transition Transparent to Users, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.09.18. To use more than 4 GB of RAM under Windows, you need a 64-bit PC and the 64-bit version of Windows. On the Mac, OS X 10.4 and later already support it.
- SATA, SATA II, SATA 600, and Product Confusion Fatigue, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz, 2008.09.08. In addition to the original SATA specification and the current 3 Gb/s specification, SATA revision 3.0 is just around the corner.
- Does running OS X system maintenance routines really do any good?, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.08.26. Mac OS X is designed to run certain maintenance routines daily, weekly, and monthly – but can’t if your Mac is off or asleep.
- MagSafe out of warranty replacement, Nvidia Flaw Affecting Macs, MacBook Air revision soon, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.08.22. Also 160 GB microdrive from Intel, MacBooks on grocer’s shelves, Intel future CPU plans, a checkpoint friendly notebook case, bargain ‘Books from $220 to $2,699, and more.
- Tricking out your notebook for superior desktop duty, Charles Moore, ‘Book Value, 2008.07.29. For desktop use, you don’t need to be limited by the built-in trackpad, keyboard, and display or a notebook’s compromised ergonomics.
- The Compressed Air Keyboard Repair, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.07.24. If your keyboard isn’t working as well as it once did, blasting under the keys with compressed air may be the cure.
- Free VirtualBox for Mac now a virtual contender, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.07.21. A year ago, the Mac version of VirtualBox lacked some essential features. Over the past year, it’s grown into a very useful tool.
- SSD prices to dive, MacBook heat, solid state drives for MacBook and MacBook Pro, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.06.09. Also Scorpio 7200 rpm 300 GB notebook drive, USB 2.0/FireWire Blu-ray drive, Acer’s tiny, low-cost Linux laptop, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $2,699, and more.
- Fast drives mean fast Macs, 256 MB SSD, 16:9 ratio notebook screens the new norm, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.05.30. Also Centrino 2 delayed, traveling with a MacBook Air, time for notebooks to drop internal optical drives, how to right click with a trackpad, bargain ‘Books from $279 to $2,699, and more.
- WiMax likely, Apple not green enough, next MacBook in Q3, Cool Feet for notebooks, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.05.23. Also LED backlighting in all MacBooks in 2009, cooling down hot laptops, OLPC plans second generation laptop, universal Apple notebook battery charger, slim external third-party SuperDrive, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $2,699, and more.
- SheepShaver brings Classic Mac OS to Intel Macs and Leopard, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2008.05.20. Mac OS X 10.5 doesn’t support Classic Mode. Neither does Leopard. But SheepShaver lets you emulate a PowerPC Mac and run the Classic Mac OS.
- Windows on Macs: Three paths for integration, Jason Packer, Macs in the Enterprise, 2008.05.14. Mac users have three routes for running Windows apps: Run Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization, or use a compatibility layer such as WINE.
- Firmware 1.5 screen blanking, air travel notebook stand, battery calibration, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.04.25. Also aluminum MacBook rumored, PowerBook converted to desktop, Apple IIgs converted to notebook, new battery tech may end explosions, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $2,699, and more.
- 18 bits can’t display millions of colors, today’s magic is different from yesterday’s, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2008.04.16. Also more feedback on Mac browsers, slow dialup Internet, and a SCSI-to-USB 2.0 solution.
- Mac benchmarks, firmware updates for all MacBooks, sleep-and-charge USB ports, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.04.11. Also troubleshooting the MacBook Air, keyboard protectors and sleeve cases for the MacBook Air, bargain ‘Books from $150 to $3,099, and more.
- 18-bit video inadequate, restoring AppleWorks speed, Macintosh display info, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.04.09. Also problems importing AppleWorks drawings and a damaged, unfixable mail database in Outlook Express 5.
- Millions vs. thousands of colors: What’s the difference?, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.04.07. Once again Apple is being sued over a Mac that can display ‘only’ 262,144 colors per pixel, not the millions it claims. Does it realy matter?
- MacBook Air tossed out with newspapers, Penryn MacBook and MBP reviews, MacBook Periscope, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.03.14. Also Intel shows 160 GB SSD, Microsoft losing ground, fix for MacBook Air overheating, mini surge protector with USB power, multiple monitors with MBP, bargain ‘Books from $260 to $2,699, and more.
- $18 USB WiFi adapter, AirPort flaw in last gen iBook, SuperDrive failure in MacBook, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2008.02.26. Also DVD-RAM for MacBooks, the quietest MacBook, aluminum PowerBooks and Mac OS 9, and expansion slots in affordable Macs.
- Solid state drive vs. hard drive in MacBook Air, Mac drivers for Atheros WiFi cards, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.02.08. Also MacBook Air reviewed, Intel offers new CPU to all, MacBook Pro update imminent, MBA teardown, 8x SuperDrive for MacBooks, bargain ‘Books from $180 to $2,599, and more.
- Restore stability to a troubled Mac with a clean system install, Keith Winston, Linux to Mac, 2008.01.15. If your Mac is misbehaving, the best fix just might be a fresh reinstallation of Mac OS X – don’t forget to backup first.
- We need more than 2 USB ports in MacBooks, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2008.01.14. There’s something wrong when you can’t plug a flash drive, mouse, and printer into a notebook computer at the same time.
- Modbook shipping, new MacBook confirmed, Blu-ray for MacBook Pro, XO vs. eMate, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2008.01.04. Also fixing MIA Bluetooth on MacBook Pro, US bans spare batteries from checked luggage, an in-flight laptop stand, bargain ‘Books from $200 to $2,649, and more.
- MacBook nano rumored, laptop sales strong for holidays, MacBook Software Update 1.1, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.12.21. Ultralight MacBook expected at Macworld Expo, Software Update for MacBook and MacBook Pro, Sonnet’s ExpressCard/34 memory card reader, and bargain ‘Books from $140 to $2,599.
- iPods, notebooks, and other modern electronics more readily replaced than repaired, Adam Robert Guha, Apple Archive, 2007.12.07. Whether it’s an intermittent failure or a broken display cable, more often than not it’s cheaper to replace a broken electronics device than repair it.
- MacBook replaces PowerBook: The name grows on you, Trevor Wale, One More Thing, 2007.12.04. A PowerBook by any other name would be as sweet, but it took a while to get comfortable with the new MacBook name.
- Beyond Google, 10 years on the G3, the Cube is not a Road Apple, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag, 2007.11.13. Also the 64-bit advantage of Core 2, OS 9 on a USB flash drive, sound problems since switching to Leopard, and 7200 rpm in an eMac.
- External $100 Sony DVD burner likes Macs, Brian Gray, Fruitful Editing, 2007.10.10. The box and manual say nothing about Mac compatibility, but this 18x USB 2.0 DVD burner is plug-and-play (at least with Tiger).
- FastMac 8x SuperDrive and BurnAgain DVD: Fast and easy multisession disc burning, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2007.10.08. FastMac’s 8x SuperDrive upgrade is remarkably fast compared with older PowerBook burners, and BurnAgain DVD makes it easy to append files to a previously burned CD or DVD.
- Premature Momentus failure in MacBook, superfast ExpressCard Compact Flash adapter, the LED future, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.10.05. Also which MacBook to buy, Battery Update 1.3 for 15″ MacBook Pro, new bags, and bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,688.
- No looking back after MacBook switch, 8x SuperDrive upgrade for MacBook and MacBook Pro, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.09.21. Also $100 laptop now $188, iBook logic board repair service, metal jacket for MacBook, MoGo mouse lives inside notebook, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,688, and more.
- Region free DVD viewing on Macs and Windows PCs, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools for the Job, 2007.09.07. There are three ways to get around region restrictions on your computer’s DVD player: software, hardware, and extraction.
- Apple #3 in laptops, 5 802.11 options below $100, Dell’s color laptops not available, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.08.31. Also rendering of a possible MacBook Lite, Sonnet delivers FireWire/USB 2.0 and 21-in-1 memory card reader for ExpressCard/34, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,599, and more.
- AirPort and screen problems affecting MacBook Pro models, Apple stripped of Energy Star label, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.08.03. Also a steampunk PowerBook, After Effects CS3 on OS X vs. Windows, a vertical notebook stand, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,199, and more.
- I love the Mac mini, no iPhone in court, no region-free DVDs on MacBooks, and more, Andrew J Fishkin, Best Tools for the Job, 2007.07.31. Also 15 years of ThinkPads, reliability and all-in-one devices, and thoughts on upgrading operating systems.
- Mac OS X 10.4.10 AirPort bug undermines use of MacBook Pro on battery power, Andrew Conachey, Classic Mac Nostalgia, 2007.07.30. AirPort bug introduced with 10.4.10 update means MacBook Pro can’t access certain routers with encryption enabled while running from battery. 10.4.9 was fine.
- 250 GB 5400 rpm notebook drive benchmarked, Apple shrinks pro MagSafe adapter, $150 Linux laptop, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.07.27. Also touchup paint for TiBooks, Dell and Lenovo offer wireless USB, Logitech’s nano mouse and receiver, and bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,199.
- Laptops trump handhelds, 1.3 MP webcam in new MacBook Pro, a foldable mouse, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.07.13. Also Sony takes a lesson from the MacBook, SuperDrive Firmware Update warning, Plantronics’ new USB headset, Belkin’s Mouse Trap, bargain ‘Books from $130 to $2,199, and more.
- iPhone launch a religious event, Apple’s 13% market share, noise in OS X 10.4.10, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.06.29. Also Apple’s 500 MB drive shortage, Seagate’s first 1 TB drive, a memory optimizer for OS X, MigliaTV software, and more.
- First impressions of a MacBook Pro, Dan Knight, Mac Musings, 2007.06.21. Six years after moving to a titanium PowerBook G4, spending time with a Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro is a real treat. There’s only one drawback.
- 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?
- MacBooks drive Mac sales, LED backlighting this year, flash laptops, battery update, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2007.05.04. Also cracking MacBooks, RAID in your ‘Book, battery issues, a rugged USB flash drive, bargain ‘Books from $170 to $2,299, and more.
- VMware Fusion beta 3 adds new features, takes a giant step toward release, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows, 2007.04.11. Looking for a virtualization solution for your Intel Mac? The latest beta of VMWare Fusion makes several improvements and includes some unique features.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Which Intel Macs take CPU upgrades?, $2 802.11n enabler, USB drive adapter, and more, Mac News Review, 2007.02.02. Also a DST fix for Panther, Logos coming to Macs, Intel’s chip breakthrough, iConnect iPod integration for GM vehicles, a waterproof iPod, and more.
- 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.
- Core 2 ‘Books more reliable, top 10 apps for ‘Book users, notebook security, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.22. Also using iSight to photograph failed logins, rent a MacBook in France, safer laptop batteries, Core 2 MacBook “best budget laptop”, MacBook handle, keyboard lockout, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $1,999, and more.
- 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.
- 12″ MacBook Pro rumored, useful MacBook freeware, Core 2 provides ‘brisk improvements’, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.08. Also MacBook Pro production halted, Sony “should have been quicker” with battery investigation, Quicky WiFi transciever now supports iBook, bargain ‘Books from $209 to $2,199, and more.
- Core 2 ‘Books run cooler and faster, MacBook Core 2 adds value, holiday sales, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.12.01. Also 17″ MacBook Pro Core 2 has faster GPU, Core vs. Core 2 benchmarks, Asus’ leather-clad notebook, bargain ‘Books from $210 to $2,199, and more.
- Core 2 means cooler running MacBook, MacBook Core 2 ‘a powerhouse’, MacBook Pro Core 2 really faster, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.22. Also Al Jazeera chooses Apple, Quicky wireless antenna doubles range, battery recycling, high tech repairs, and bargain ‘Books from $200 to $750.
- 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.
- To AppleCare or not to AppleCare?, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, 2006.11.20. Consumer Reports, which generally recommends against extended warranties, says AppleCare makes sense. But does it?
- 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 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.
- Pre-2006 software: The big reason you shouldn’t buy an Intel Mac today, Ted Hodges, Vintage Mac Living, 2006.11.09. If you work with software that predates the Intel transition, you may be better off sticking with PowerPC Macs. And if you use classic apps, you definitely want to avoid Intel.
- MacBook random shutdown cure, 15″ MacBook rumored, Core 2 runs cooler, CoolBook heat control, and more, The ‘Book Review, 2006.11.03. 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 $1,599, 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.
- 7 tools for keeping your laptop (uh, notebook) cool, Charles 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- MacBook Pro (Late 2006) – Technical Specifications, Apple