MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 Explained

MacBook 13.3-inch iSight
Source: apple.com – MacBook 13.3-inch iSight

The Apple MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 stands as a notable notebook computer within the Apple lineup, originating from its release in 2008. This device, a member of the MacBook family, emerged onto the market on February 26, 2008, boasting an initial price tag of $1,099.

Apple’s update to its MacBook series included the integration of the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, expanded hard drive capacities, and a standard memory of 2 GB in most models. Among its prominent features, all Mac notebooks sported a built-in iSight video camera, facilitating on-the-go video conferencing. Additionally, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter, designed to disconnect safely under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking technology, providing enhanced performance and extended range compared to its predecessor, were incorporated into the MacBook lineup.

The new MacBook models were characterized by their sleek 13-inch glossy widescreen displays and competitive pricing, commencing at $1,099. The lineup offered three distinct models, each equipped with faster processors and larger hard drives. Noteworthy among these were the white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models, featuring 120 GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives, and the striking black 2.4 GHz model, boasting a generous 250 GB 5400 rpm hard drive—a configuration previously available solely as an option. The 2.4 GHz MacBook models were accompanied by 2 GB of standard memory, expandable up to 4 GB across the lineup.

A suite of essential features enriched the MacBook experience, including iLife ‘08 software, a comprehensive package of digital lifestyle applications. This package introduced significant updates, such as a new version of iPhoto and a revamped iMovie, seamlessly integrated with the .Mac Web Gallery for online photo and video sharing.

MacBook 13.3-inch Black
Source: apple.com – MacBook 13.3-inch Black

Moreover, every MacBook was bundled with Leopard, Apple’s advanced operating system, featuring Time Machine for effortless backups, a redesigned Finder for efficient file management, Quick Look for instant file previews, Spaces for intuitive application grouping and switching, and various enhancements to Mail and iChat. .Mac members could leverage the Back to My Mac feature, enabling remote file access over the Internet.

The technical specifications of the MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 encompassed a 2.1 GHz or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 13.3″ TFT Display, a durable polycarbonate case available in white or black, 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, a 120 GB or 160 GB hard drive, a slot-loading 24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW dual-layer “Combo” drive, built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, FireWire “400”, an iSight camera, an ambient light sensor, and 144 MB Intel GMA X3100 graphics in the base model.

Ultimately, the MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 ceased production on October 14, 2008, marking the end of its era. As of today, this model has reached the milestone of being 16 years old, reflecting its enduring legacy in the realm of notebook computing.

MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black
Source: apple.com – MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black

MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 Details

IntroducedFebruary 26, 2008 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedOctober 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateOctober 4, 2012 – 11 years ago
Time on the Market231 days (7 months)
Time of Support55 months (4 years)
Model IdentifierMacBook4,1
Model NumberA1181
EMC2242
Order NumberMB402LL/A (White)
MB403LL/A (White)
MB404LL/A (Black)
Original Price$1,099
$1,299
$1,499
ColorsWhite (2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz)
Black (2.4 GHz)
Weight5 Ibs.
2.267 KG
Dimensions1.08” H x 12.78” W x 8.92” D
2.74 cm H x 32.46 cm W x 22.65 cm D

MacBook 13-inch Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T8100 “Penryn” (2.1 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 “Penryn” (2.4 GHz)
Processor Speed2.1 GHz
2.4 GHz
Architecture64-bit
Number of Cores2
System Bus800 MHz
Cache3 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

Storage120 GB
160 GB
200 GB
Media1 – 24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive or 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive

Memory

Built-in Memory1 GB
2 GB
Maximum Memory4 GB (Apple)
6 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving SupportYes

Display

Built-in Display13.3″ Color TFT glossy widescreen Display
Pixel Density114 dpi
Brightness250 cd/m²
Resolutions640 x 480
720 x 480
800 x 500
800 x 600
1024 x 640
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1280 x 800 (native)

Graphics

Graphics CardIntel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA X3100
Graphics Memory144 MB DDR2 SDRAM*
Display Connection1 – Mini-DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 1920 by 1200 pixels
CameraiSight
*Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB. An additional 16 MB is required when using an external display

Expansion

Expansion SlotsNone
Hard Drive Interface1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive InterfaceUltra ATA/100 (UATA/66)
BaysNone

Connections

Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45 – support for jumbo frames)
ModemApple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Infrared1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire1 – 400 Mbps
USB2 – 480 Mbps
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack
2 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – Mini-DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Sensors

Motion SensorSudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid SensorLiquid Contact Indicators (LCI)

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardBuilt-in Full-size 78-key (U.S.) or 79-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys, the embedded keypad
TrackpadBuilt-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, drag, and scroll)

Software

Original OSMac OS X 10.5.2
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.7.5
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.5
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Power

System Battery55 W Lithium-Polymer
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 4.5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles300
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter60 W MagSafe Power Adapter

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