Power in Portability
Innovation with Intel
In early 2006, the Macbook Pro was released by Apple as the first portable Mac to use the Intel processor. The Pro replaced the G4 and was the second Apple computer to be announced in the Apple-Intel transition after the iMac. While very similar in appearance to the Powerbook G4, the new model was slightly thinner, along with running Intel Core Processors as opposed to the PowerPC G4 chips used prior.
First Gen: Working Out the Kinks
The first generation MacBook Pro contained a litany of changes from the PowerBook G4 other than just the processors. The integration of a built-in iSight webcam, along with a sleeker body as well as the MagSafe power connector were all added, decreasing the need for extra equipment and increasing the overall safety and durability of the power connector. 15-inch and 17-inch models were available, both coming with ExpressCard2/4 slots as opposed to the PC card slots of the G4 as well as two USB ports and one FireWire 400 port. One sacrifice made for the sleeker body of the Pro was that the optical drive needed to be smaller, halving the speed of the drive in the G4 and losing the ability to write dual layer DVDs. The new MacBook was largely applauded at its inception. It was much faster than its predecessor, with both its 3d rendering software (3x faster) and its boot-up (2x faster) being most notable. The machine was criticized in some areas however, namely for the difficulty in upgrading system memory as well as the temperature at which it ran, which I can attest was very very hot.
Second Gen: New Design
For the first time in more than five years, on October 14th, 2009, Apple revealed a completely new design for the MacBook Pro. The new case, a two-piece unit dubbed “Unibody” was carved out of a single piece of aluminum. As part of the redesign, the new Pro features a glass-covered screen and a glass-covered, clickable trackpad, using the same technology seen in the iPhone. The new trackpad gave the user the ability to complete two, three, and four-fingered gestures. Processor speed stayed the same, however it included two fully independent graphics chipsets as well as the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT. As opposed to the DVI port of the previous models, the new Pro featured a smaller mini DisplayPort. Along with its high quality screen, the compact body, and the speed improvements, the Pro was lauded by users and reviewers the world over. Although the new machine ran both cooler and more quietly than previous models, some still bemoaned the heat generated by it.
The Modern Era of Mac
The MacBook Pro Retina was the first redesign since 2009. Apple billed it as a “marriage of the streamlined design of the MacBook Air with the power of a MacBook Pro.” They weren’t wrong. The new Macbook compared well with its full-size partner. Inside the smaller body (25% thinner & 19% lighter) were the same Core i7 processors, the same graphics chipsets, however the new machine came equipped with a faster solid-state hard drive, and 3-stream WiFi. The pièce de résistance however was the new Hi-DPI “retina” display. Apple claimed that the new display had moved beyond human perception of single pixels at standard viewing distance. The effect was immediate and folks were lined up by the thousands to buy them. Moving toward the aerodynamic, Apple also opted to remove their optical drive, as well as any ethernet or firewire ports. Instead Apple opted for dual thunderbolt ports with one USB. Apple has assured consumers that the Thunderbolt will be the standard for the foreseeable future.
How to Get the Most for Your Apple Macbook Pro
These days personal computing technology is moving faster than we can keep up, and it seems like no matter what you do, obsolescence is just around the corner. Like a new car, your computer is going to drop in value the second you take it off the lot. There are, however, several ways to make sure that, should you need to receive a loan for your Macbook Pro, you’ll get top dollar. First, make sure to hold on to the original box and paperwork, as well as any discs, chargers, or other accessories. Remember to keep your Macbook Pro as clean as possible. A daily rubdown with a microfiber cloth will keep your ports free of buildup and your screen in tip top shape. You paid a good amount of money for your Macbook Pro, so why not take the best possible care of it?
Pawning Your Apple Macbook Pro
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