MacBook (Mid 2007)

Six months after moving the Macbook to Intel’s Core 2 Duo CPU, Apple upgraded the MacBook again. The improved model is faster, has twice as much RAM on the low end, includes a faster SuperDrive (2.16 GHz models), and has bigger hard drives.


All MacBooks now include 1 GB of RAM, and speeds have been bumped by 167 MHz, and 802.11n WiFi networking is now standard.

The MacBook is available only with a glossy display and includes an unusual keyboard, which has received mixed reviews. Try it before you decide you want a MacBook.

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The new MacBook is available in three configurations:

  1. 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Combo drive, 80 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 1 GB RAM, Intel 950 graphics, built-in iSight, and a 1280 x 800 display for US$1,099 in white. This model now has the same 4 MB shared cache as the faster MacBooks.
  2. 2.16 GHz, dual-layer SuperDrive, 120 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM, otherwise identical specs to above, US$1,299 in white
  3. 2.16 GHz, 160 GB hard drive, otherwise identical to 2.16 GHz model, US$1,499 in black

Build-to-order options include 2 GB of RAM and larger hard drives. Other World Computing offers a 3 GB memory upgrade, which is not officially supported by Apple.

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. The TiBook is designed to run safely in closed lid mode, but if yours runs hot (perhaps due to overclocking or high ambient temperatures), you may want to open the lid when in closed lid mode: The screen will remain off and the computer will more readily vent heat from the CPU.

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.


  • introduced 2007.05.15 at US$1,099 (2.0 GHz white), US$1,299 (2.16 GHz white), and US$1,499 (2.16 GHz black); replaced by 2.0/2.2 GHz Santa Rosa model 2007.10.31.
  • Part no.: MB061 (2.0 GHz), MB062 (2.16 GHz, white), MB063 (black)
  • ID: MacBook2,1

Mac OS

  • requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 Tiger to 10.7 Lion, not compatible with 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatibility
    • Grand Central Dispatch is supported.
    • 32-bit booting only; cannot boot 64-bit OS.
    • 64-bit software is supported.
    • OpenCL is not supported with the Intel GMA 950 GPU.

Core System

  • CPU: 2.0/2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom), soldered in place, no upgrade options
  • Level 2 cache: 4 MB shared cache
  • Bus: 667 MHz
  • RAM: 1 GB (2 x 512 MB), expandable to 4 GB using PC2-5300 DDR2 RAM but can only access 3.0 GB.
  • Performance
    • Geekbench 2 (Leopard): 2746 (2.16 GHz), 2659 (2.0 GHz)
    • Speedmark 5 (Leopard): 179 (2.16 GHz)
    • Speedmark 4.5 (Tiger): 195 (2.16 GHz), 192 (2.0 GHz)


  • GPU: Intel GMA 950 with resolution to 1920 x 1200 on external display (mini-DVI port), supports extended desktop.
  • VRAM: 64 MB DDR2 SDRAM (shared with main memory, and according to Apple actually uses 80 MB of system RAM)
  • Video out: DVI standard, VGA and S-video with optional adapter
  • display: 13.3″ glossy 1280 x 800 18-bit 113 ppi color active matrix
  • supports 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, 1024 x 768, 1024 x 640, 800 x 600, 800 x 500, 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 and extended desktop mode


  • Hard drive: 80 GB 5400 rpm SATA on 2.0 GHz model, 120/160 GB 5400 rpm drive on 2.16 GHz, 120-200 GB optional
  • Combo drive: reads DVDs at 8x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 16x, reads CDs at 24x
  • SuperDrive: writes DVD±R at up to 8x, DVD±RW and DVD+R DL at 4x, reads DVDs at 8x, writes CD-R at 24x, writes CD-RW at 10x, reads CDs at 24x


  • USB: 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • FireWire 400: 1 port
  • FireWire 800: none
  • Ethernet: 10/100/gigabit
  • WiFi: 802.11n AirPort Extreme built in
  • Bluetooth: BT 2.0 built in
  • IR receiver: supports Apple Remote
  • Modem: optional v.92 56k external USB modem
  • ExpressCard/34 slots: 0


  • size: 8.92 x 12.78 x 1.08″ (227 x 325 x 27.5 mm)
  • Weight: 5.2 pounds (2.36 kg)
  • battery: 55 Watt-hour
  • AC adapter: 60W MagSafe

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