MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 Explained

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

The Apple MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 stands as a hallmark in the lineage of notebook computers, bearing the signature of Apple’s innovative design and engineering prowess. Manufactured and distributed by Apple from 2008 to 2009, it represents a pivotal era in MacBook’s evolution.

Released on October 14, 2008, the Apple MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 swiftly captured the attention of tech enthusiasts worldwide. Priced competitively at $999, it heralded a new chapter in portable computing.

This cutting-edge MacBook boasted impressive specifications for its time. Powered by a robust 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, it delivered swift and efficient performance. The vibrant 13.3″ TFT Display offered an immersive viewing experience, housed within a durable polycarbonate case finished in classic white.

Equipped with 1 GB of RAM and a capacious 120 GB hard drive, users enjoyed ample storage and seamless multitasking capabilities. Furthermore, the inclusion of a slot-loading 24x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer SuperDrive drive facilitated convenient media handling.

Incorporating advanced connectivity options, the MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 catered to diverse user needs. With built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and FireWire 400 support, it offered seamless integration with external devices and peripherals. The inclusion of an iSight camera paved the way for effortless video conferencing and multimedia experiences. Additionally, the presence of an ambient light sensor enhanced user comfort by automatically adjusting display brightness based on ambient lighting conditions.

The MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 showcased impressive graphical capabilities with its 144 MB Intel GMA X3100 graphics in the base model. Whether tackling graphic-intensive tasks or enjoying multimedia content, users experienced smooth and immersive visuals.

Regrettably, the production of the MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 came to a halt on January 20, 2009. However, its impact and legacy continue to resonate within the tech community. As of today, the MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 commemorates its 15-year anniversary, serving as a testament to its enduring legacy and influence on the evolution of portable computing.

MacBook 13.3-inch White
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch White

MacBook 13-inch Late 2008 Details

IntroducedOctober 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
DiscontinuedJanuary 20, 2009 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateOctober 4, 2012 – 11 years ago
Time on the Market98 days (3 months)
Time of Support47 months (3 years)
Model IdentifierMacBook4,1
Model NumberA1181
Order NumberMB402LL/B
Original Price$999
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


ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T8100 “Penryn”
Processor Speed2.1 GHz
Number of Cores2
System Bus800 MHz
Cache3 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

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


Built-in Memory1 GB
Maximum Memory4 GB (Apple)
6 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 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
*Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB. An additional 16 MB is required when using an external display


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


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


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)


Original OSMac OS X 10.5.4
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)


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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