MacBook 13-inch Late 2006 Explained

MacBook 13.3-inch Black
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch Black

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, certain milestones stand out as pivotal moments that redefine what’s possible. One such landmark was the introduction of the Apple MacBook 13-inch Late 2006. Launched in November 2006, this notebook computer marked a significant leap forward in the world of laptops, setting new standards for performance, design, and innovation.

The late 2006 iteration of the MacBook series brought forth a wave of enhancements that propelled it ahead of its predecessors. At its core were the Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a cutting-edge addition that significantly boosted performance. This upgrade made the MacBook up to 25 percent faster than its forerunners, setting a new benchmark for speed and efficiency.

What truly set the MacBook 13-inch Late 2006 apart were its innovative features, many of which were groundbreaking at the time. One standout feature was the built-in iSight video camera, enabling seamless video conferencing on the go—an unprecedented capability in the realm of laptops during that era. Additionally, the inclusion of Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter revolutionized charging, providing a safer and more reliable power connection.

MacBook 13.3-inch iSight
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch iSight

Apple’s unveiling of the new MacBook lineup was met with considerable anticipation and excitement. With prices starting at just $1,099, consumers had access to a range of models tailored to suit different needs. From sleek white 1.83 GHz and 2.0 GHz variants to the stunning black 2.0 GHz model, each iteration promised exceptional performance and reliability.

Designed with the mobile lifestyle in mind, the MacBook boasted a gorgeous 13-inch glossy widescreen display that delivered an immersive viewing experience. Its slim profile, measuring just one inch thin, made it effortlessly portable, ideal for users on the move. Moreover, the inclusion of a built-in iSight camera and Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter further enhanced its versatility and usability.

The late 2006 MacBook didn’t just excel in performance and design—it also raised the bar in connectivity options. Equipped with AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, it offered seamless wireless connectivity, allowing users to stay connected wherever they went. Additionally, the inclusion of 10/100/1000 BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet and various ports ensured compatibility with a wide range of devices and peripherals.

Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch White

Though it has been 17 years since its discontinuation in May 2007, the Apple MacBook 13-inch Late 2006 continues to hold a special place in the hearts of tech enthusiasts and Apple fans alike. It served as the cornerstone of the MacBook lineup, laying the groundwork for the powerful and innovative laptops that would follow in its wake.

MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black

MacBook 13-inch Late 2006 Details

IntroducedNovember 8, 2006 – 17 years ago
DiscontinuedMay 15, 2007 – 16 years ago
Time on the Market188 days (6 months)
Model IdentifierMacBook2,1
Model NumberA1181
Order NumberMA699LL/A (White)
MA700LL/A (White)
MA701LL/A (Black)
Original Price$1,099
ColorsWhite (1.83 GHz and 2 GHz)
Black (2 GHz)
Weight5.2 Ibs.
2.358 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 Tech Specs


ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5600 “Merom” (1.83 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 “Merom” (2 GHz)
Processor Speed1.83 GHz
2 GHz
Number of Cores2
System Bus667 MHz
Cache2 MB on-chip shared L2 (1.83 GHz)
4 MB on-chip shared L2 (2 GHz)

Storage & Media

Storage60 GB
80 GB
100 GB
120 GB
200 GB
Media1 – 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive


Built-in Memory512 MB
1 GB
Maximum Memory2 GB (Apple)
3 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving SupportYes


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 CardIntel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA 950
Graphics Memory64 MB DDR2*
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
*shared with main memory, minimum memory usage is 80 MB


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


Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g
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


Motion SensorSudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid SensorNone

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)


Original OSMac OS X 10.4.8
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.7.5
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.4
iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
iWork ’06 (30-day trial)
QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition
Comic Life
FileMaker Pro trial
Omni Outliner
Photo Booth
Front Row
Big Bang Board Games
Apple Hardware Test


System Battery55 W Lithium-Polymer
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 6 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles300
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter60 W MagSafe Power Adapter

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