13″ MacBook Pro (Mid 2010)

Apple introduced redesigned MacBook Pro models in April 2010. They all use new Nvidia GPUs and claim to increase battery life – in the case of the 13″ model, from 7 hours to an impressive 10.

13" MacBook ProThe 13″ MacBook Pro is the only Pro model to retain the Intel Core 2 CPU – the bigger MacBook Pro models ship with Intel’s new i5 CPU and can be custom ordered with the more powerful i7. CPU speeds for the new 13-incher are 2.4 GHz and 2.66 GHz, about 5% faster than least year’s models. 4 GB of RAM is standard (8 GB maximum), and hard drives are bigger.

The glass trackpad is the same one found in the previous generation of MacBook Pro models. It supports 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-finger gestures. The entire trackpad functions as the mouse button.

The 13″ MBP uses the same keyboard as before, complete with backlighting. The black keys look sharp with the aluminum enclosure, and the 13″ MacBook Pro only comes with a glossy screen.

The new model comes in 2.4 GHz and 2.66 GHz versions. 250 and 320 GB hard drives are standard. 4 GB of RAM is standard. Memory and the hard drive are easily accessed from the bottom of the computer.

This is the oldest MacBook Pro to officially support macOS Sierra.

Editor’s note: The next two paragraphs are from the profile of the previous version of the MacBook Pro. At this time we do not know if they apply to the new Unibody model.

Note that the built-in display is only capable of 18-bit color, not the full 24-bit color you might expect.

Unlike early MacBooks, where every USB port could provide 500 mA of power, only one USB port provides full power – the port closer to the front.

The Apple Remote is a US$20 option.

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. Since all video RAM is now dedicated to the external monitor, you may have more colors available at higher resolutions.

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.

Intel-based Macs use a partitioning scheme known as GPT. Only Macintel models can boot from GPT hard drives. Both PowerPC and Intel Macs can boot from APM (Apple’s old partitioning scheme) hard drives, which is the format you must use to create a universal boot drive in Leopard. Power PC Macs running any version of the Mac OS prior to 10.4.2 cannot mount GPT volumes. PowerPC Macs won’t let you install OS X to a USB drive or choose it as your startup volume, although there is a work around for that.

Battery life is claimed to be 10 hours of wireless productivity.

Details

  • introduced 2010.04.13 at US$1,199 (2.4 GHz, 250 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM) and US$1,499 (2.66 GHz, 320 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM); replaced by Thunderbolt model 2011.02.24.
  • Part no.: MC374 (2.4 GHz), MC374 (2.66 GHz)

Mac OS

  • requires Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard or later
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
    • Grand Central Dispatch is supported.
    • 64-bit operation is supported.
    • OpenCL is supported.
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility
    • AirPlay Mirroring is not supported.
    • AirDrop is supported.
    • Power Nap is not supported.

Core System

  • CPU: 2.4/2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, soldered in place, no upgrade options
  • Level 2 cache: 3 MB shared cache
  • Bus: 1066 MHz
  • RAM: 4 GB, expandable to 8 GB using DDR3 SO-DIMMs
  • Performance (2.4/2.66 GHz)
    • 64-bit Geekbench: 3328/3652
    • Speedmark 6.5: 106/137

Video

  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 320M
  • VRAM: uses 256 MB of system RAM
  • Video out: Mini DisplayPort (VGA and DVI video supported with optional adapters)
  • display: 13.3″ glossy 1280 x 800 18-bit 113 ppi color active matrix
  • supports 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 640, and 800 x 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, and 640 x 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio (stretched); 720 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 x 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio (stretched); to 2560 x 1600 on an external display
  • allows mirroring to external display or extended desktop mode

Drives

  • Hard drive: 320/500 GB 5400 rpm Serial ATA standard, 500 GB and solid state drive (SSD) options (128, 256, or 512 GB) on 3 Gbps SATA bus
  • optical drive: 8x dual-layer SuperDrive writes DVD±R and DVD+R at up to 8x, DVD-RW at up to 4x; dual-layer DVD±RW at up to 4x; reads DVDs at 8x (double-layer at 6x), dual-layer and DVD-ROM at 6x; writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 16x, reads CDs at 24x on 3 Gbps SATA bus
  • drive bus: SATA 1 (1.5 Mbps)

Expansion

  • USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • FireWire 400: none
  • FireWire 800: 1 port, backward compatible with FireWire 400
  • Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
  • WiFi: 802.11n AirPort Extreme built in
  • Modem: No longer offered by Apple
  • Bluetooth: BT 2.1 built in
  • ExpressCard/34: none
  • SD Card Slot: 1
  • expansion bays: none

Power

  • battery: 63.5 Watt-hour
  • AC adapter: 60W MagSafe

Physical

  • size: 8.94 x 12.78 x 0.95″ (227 x 325 x 24.1 mm)
  • Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg)

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