After so many rumors and images that for weeks have circulated on the Net with the claim to anticipate what would have been the appearance of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, here they are finally arrived. There are many new things inside and out. But what immediately jumps to the eye is a decisive breakthrough by Apple in its product strategies.

The two families of laptops, in fact, seem to become one and the confi rne between the types of users to which they turn is therefore less clear. The new MacBook and the new MacBook Pro have never been so similar by sharing so many things: from design to construction materials, from engineering to production process, and many aspects of internal architecture (including the new features regarding the

There are also many differences, but, compared to the models of the two previous ranges, these now essentially adhere to the performance (processor and graphs ca) beyond, of course, the size of the display. Overall, in short, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro look like two models of the same range, simply with equipment to scale. What, then, are the main innovations? The design and above all the innovative shell ‘unibody'(a term and a construction process ‘stove’by Apple to the automotive industry that stands for basically’stouch carrier

After previewing the 2.0 GHz MacBook and 2.53 GHz MacBook Pro (i.e. the entry level and the top range, both in standard configuration) we are ready to explore one for all the new features,

The unibody body is the most important novelty of the new Apple laptops, to the point that this term has already taken root to identify the new range compared to the previous ones. Unibody, as we said, is a technique of construction typical of other sectors of industrial production, in particular of the automotive one that, as is known, has been producing vehicles with bearing body, without frame.

The new challenge of Jonathan Ive and Apple Design division was this: why not start with this construction technique to redesign new laptops from scratch? The advantages are many: fewer assembled parts, less complexity and, consequently, less weight.

The result is now before our eyes: the new MacBook and MacBook Pro have been designed and engineered in a radically new way, as well as new and cutting-edge is their manufacturing process that represents a real novelty for the computer industry. Apple publishes a very interesting video on its website ( which reveals in a very effective way the main stages of production of new laptops by the mouth of its main architects: in As you can see very well in the video, the main part of the body of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, the supporting one, is the one that houses the keyboard and the trackpad: it is a shell completely free of welding because it is made from a

The unibody body is the supporting structure of the entire computer and the solidity is immediately perceived as soon as you take in the hands of the new open laptops: the surface offers no flexibility and even grasping them for an extreme you do not feel the creaks typical

The new MacBook and MacBook Pro are carved into metal, you see and you hear.

Under the hood

The bottom of the body, the bottom, is formed by only two pieces of aluminium that always have no bearing function but, borrowing a term always from the automotive industry, they are the body shop: one is fixed and screwed with eight screws and covers three quarters of the surface, Replacing the hard disk in a laptop has never been so easy: to extract it you only need to unscrew a small screw. Access to RAM takes only a little more time but it’s nothing complicated: after having removed battery and hard drive you have to unscrew the above eight screws to find yourself with the slots completely free in front of you; replacing or expanding the RAM is Even easier is the replacement of the battery that is always attached to the computer with a pressure mechanism but is now fully protected under the body removable by the lever; in the previous models the lower part of the battery instead was the body and had the indicators of charge integrated in the surface This solution has allowed to draw less bulky batteries and with an extremely clean geometry (in practice of the aluminum parallelepipeds) that are even more practical to infiltrate in the bag of a laptop when it is necessary to have a spare battery.

This analysis of the main design innovations of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro cannot ignore at least a hint of an aspect that Apple is proving increasingly sensitive to: respect for the environment. All the design choices and production processes of the new laptops have been developed, having as imperative that of creating products as least polluting as possible. Without going into details here (which would require extensive discussion alone) here are the main results obtained by Apple in the new ‘ecological’ laptops: display glass without arsenic, not use of f-retardants brominated for the logic card, absence of

The screen

Nothing new about the size and resolution of the display of the new models that is confirmed to be 1,280 x 800 pixels for 13.3 inches and 1,440 x 900 pixels for 15.4 inches.

The novelty for the MacBook is the LED backlight, adopted for more than a year on the 15-inch Pro. As we know, this technology guarantees a higher brightness than fluorescent lamps and lower energy consumption, as well as taking up less space allowing to obtain thinner panels; the new MacBook screen is in fact much thinner than the previous model. The new Pros are the screen exclusively \glossy, glossy, and it is a choice of Apple that is making a lot of discussion since among professional users this is not particularly appreciated: just say that the calibration sensors of the monitors used in

The experience of using the new MacBook Pro has confirmed two things: on the one hand the images, the colors, appear much brighter than the traditional opaque monitors (see a series of photos or a movie is much more engaging), from the menu

Thanks to the high brightness of the new displays, we feel we can say that \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ This does not, however, remove, let’s say clearly, that we would have preferred that Apple had left the possibility to choose between matt or glossy finish also because, but this is an absolutely personal opinion, the design of the new laptops would have earned even with

The keyboard and trackpad

In the pendant with the screen panel now all black glossy, there is the keyboard that also became black like that of the MacBook Air. From Apple’s ultralight, however, it is not only the color but also the design of the keys that now come out from under the body unibody remaining spaced from each other.

Except for the basic model, all MacBooks have the backlit keyboard, the only prerogative of Pros. The effect is really appealing since in addition to the letters, a bluish light also comes out from the base of the keys: each single button is in fact formed by a black plastic……………. The backlight sensor (which also regulates the brightness of the monitor) is no longer under the speaker grid but integrated into the black frame of the disky, immediately next to the iSight (the webcam): in this way you no longer risk to cover it in

The keyboard layout is identical to the normal aluminum keyboards that now accompany all Apple desktops as well as the previous MacBook and also the

In the Pros, next to the keyboard, there are always the grids dug into the unibody body that protect the stereo speakers integrated: how we mentioned at the beginning the holes are much smaller than those of previous generations (in the MacBook the speakers The ignition button is now much smaller, always right in both models but no longer polished and more discreet.

The trackpad is a big novelty of both new models: it is much wider than in the past, it has a glass surface, it manages many more multitouch functions and, which immediately jumps to the eye, it no longer has the mouse button.

The fact that the surface has increased is a natural consequence of the increased multi-touch capabilities of the new models: now it is possible to use not only two and three fingers but also four, in addition of all the… gestures that we have already learned to know

The management of the gestures is completely entrusted to the appropriate system Preferences panel that, as already in the Air, also offers effective videos that illustrate how to move your fingers on the trackpad. The gestures are incredibly fluid and natural but obviously only work with the Finder, the Mac desk, and with compatible applications, in practice those based on Apple and few others; for now, in short, their utility is still very relative,

The fact that the new trackpad surface could be of a material similar to that of the screen of the iPhone, was very much said in the rumors circulating on the Net before the official presentation (some had even predicted that it would be The new trackpad is glass but those who expected it to be as shiny and smooth as the On the contrary, we were very pleased to note that the type of finish chosen for glass mimics in some ways the aluminium surface to which we are accustomed by the previous Pro models: the result is a trackpad certainly smoother but on which the

The integration of the key into the trackpad surface is one of those original Apple choices (unable to expect such a thing from some other PC manufacturer). In the practice of using it is nothing revolutionary: it takes a little bit to adapt but then it works exactly like the trackpad with the button; in addition it eventually offers the possibility to drag with the index and then click with the same finger without raising it from the From a design point of view, this solution is absolutely consistent with the search for the maximum cleaning of the typical forms of all Apple products.

Connection ports

Identical for both models is the layout of the connection ports and slot of the optical drive which, once again, demonstrates how the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are the same project. In both models the optical drive is a SuperDrive 8x (can read and burn CDs and DVDs) and is on the right side; therefore no longer front as in previous Pros. All the connecting ports are on the left side, but of course, the equipment is different. Both models have: MagSafe socket for power supply (from 60 and 85 Watt depending on the model), Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB, the new Mini DisplayPort for connection to an external monitor and the entrance

The MacBook Pro offers a single FireWire 800 socket (to connect FireWire 400 devices you need an adapter not included) plus the usual Express Card expansion slot.

What’s missing? In the MacBook immediately jumps to the eye the FireWire socket and it is, let’s say without delay, a absence that has deeply disappointed us.

Apple has decided to delete FireWire and it’s a choice we’re struggling to understand. It is one of those radical choices that Apple, or perhaps Steve Jobs himself, likes to make but that remain unexplained; besides all FireWire is a technology developed by Apple and that has long been showing succumb to the The lack of the FireWire port creates two types of problems. The first is the impossibility to use the accessories that exploit it: external disks but above all DV cameras. The second is that you cannot start the new MacBook in Target mode, as an external disk; to take advantage of the functions of Assistant Migration, Apple has had to modify the software and synchronization now takes place through a simple Ethernet cable.

Turning instead to the MacBook Pro, we appreciate the rationalization of the design of the body, but the fact that having placed all the connecting doors on one side is less practical and above all \”castering” for the doors themselves: there is in fact space for Of the new Mini DisplayPort we are not able to say much at the moment since it is a new standard that Apple wanted to introduce on a large scale practically first.

Advanced graphics

Dulcis in the end: the graphics subsystem that Apple wanted to implement in the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, as well as in the new generation of Air. Apple has revealed that it has worked in close synergy and for a long time with NVIDIA to be the first manufacturer of laptops in the world to adopt the new integrated GeForce 9400M chip that guarantees a jump in performance compared to those offered by the previous graphic chip But not only that. Apple has also collaborated with NVIDIA to be the first to be the first to support this integrated graphic chip the new discrete GeForce 9600M GT card: as we mentioned at the beginning, the new MacBook Pro have in fact no longer one but two

The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated is now present in the entire Apple range of laptops. Without going into technical details, already from the features on paper you can understand how this new NVIDIA chip represents a strong step forward in integrated graphics processors: it has 16 parallel processing cores that release 54 Gigaflop computing power and 256 MB shared memory The NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT from MacBook Pro is also of the highest level, with 32 parallel cores for a calculation power of 120 Gigaflop and 256 MB dedicated video memory for the 2.4 GHz model, and From the graphics point of view, therefore, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro are also cutting-edge products. The real leap from the previous range, and also from the PC market, is here: in the performance of the graphic subsystem. Also because the increase in CPU speed and the new bus to 1.066 MHz are part of the natural evolution of the processors. Which, however, is always appreciated.

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