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MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008 Datasheet

MacBook Pro 15-inch
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 15-inch

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008 is a notable notebook computer crafted, produced, and marketed by Apple in 2008 under its MacBook Pro line. It was unveiled on February 26, 2008, with an initial price point of $1,999.

This iteration of the MacBook Pro series saw significant enhancements, incorporating the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, expanded storage capacities, and a standard memory size of 2GB across most models. Moreover, it boasted updated NVIDIA graphics processors, featuring up to 512 MB of video memory, and introduced Apple’s innovative Multi-Touch trackpad, initially pioneered in the MacBook Air.

Notably, all Mac notebooks of this era were equipped with a built-in iSight video camera, facilitating on-the-go video conferencing, alongside Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter, designed for safe disconnection under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking, delivering enhanced performance and expanded range compared to the preceding 802.11g standard.

Key specifications of the new MacBook Pro included the latest Intel Core 2 Duo technology, offering processor speeds of up to 2.6 GHz with 6 MB of shared L2 cache, accompanied by up to 4 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory and up to a 300 GB hard drive. Graphics performance received a boost with the inclusion of NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics, featuring up to 512 MB of video memory.

Additionally, every MacBook Pro incorporated a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support, allowing intuitive interactions such as pinch, rotate, and swipe, further enhancing user experience across various applications.

A standout feature of the MacBook Pro was its illuminated keyboard, ideal for low-light environments like airplanes or conference halls, complemented by a built-in ambient light sensor to automatically adjust key and display brightness for optimal visibility.

MacBook Pro
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro

In terms of connectivity, the MacBook Pro offered a built-in iSight video camera, MagSafe Power Adapter, 802.11n wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, analog and digital audio inputs and outputs, USB 2.0, and FireWire, ensuring comprehensive compatibility and versatility for users.

The software suite bundled with every Mac, including the MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008, comprised iLife ‘08 and Leopard, offering enhanced digital lifestyle applications and a robust operating system featuring innovative functionalities like Time Machine, Quick Look, and Spaces, among others.

Spec-wise, the MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008 boasted options for Intel Core 2 Duo processors ranging from 2.4 GHz to 2.6 GHz, a 15.4″ TFT Display, 2 GB of RAM, 200 GB or 250 GB hard drive configurations, slot-loading 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive”, built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, FireWire “400” and “800”, iSight camera, ambient light sensor, illuminated keyboard, and 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics in the base model.

On October 14, 2008, the MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008 was discontinued, marking the end of its production cycle. Today, it celebrates its 16-year anniversary, reminiscing about its impactful presence in the realm of notebook computing.

MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch
Source: apple.com – MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch

MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2008 Details

IntroducedFebruary 26, 2008 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedOctober 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateJuly 18, 2016 – 7 years ago
Time on the Market231 days (7 months)
Time of Support100 months (8 years)
Model IdentifierMacBookPro4,1
Model NumberA1260
EMC2198
Order NumberMB133LL/A
MB134LL/A
Original Price$1,999
$2,499

$2,749
ColorsAluminum
Weight5.4 Ibs.
2.449 KG
Dimensions1” H x 14.1” W x 9.6” D
2.54 cm H x 35.81 cm W x 24.38 cm D

MacBook Pro 15-inch Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T8300 “Penryn” (2.4 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 “Penryn” (2.5 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 “Penryn” (2.6 GHz)
Processor Speed2.4 GHz
2.5 GHz
2.6 GHz
Architecture64-bit
Number of Cores2
System Bus800 MHz
Cache3 MB on-chip shared L2 (2.4 GHz)
6 MB on-chip shared L2 (2.5 GHz & 2.6 GHz)

Storage & Media

Storage200 GB
250 GB
Media1 – 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive

Memory

Built-in Memory2 GB
Maximum Memory4 GB (Apple)
6 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving SupportYes

Display

Built-in Display15.4″ Color TFT Display (Glossy Display Optional)
Pixel Density110 dpi
Brightness300 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
1440 x 900 (native)

Graphics

Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Graphics Memory256 MB GDDR3
Display Connection1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 2560 by 1600 pixels
CameraiSight

Expansion

Expansion Slots1 – ExpressCard / 34
Hard Drive Interface1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive InterfaceUltra ATA/100 (UATA/66)
BaysNone

Connections

Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11a/b/g/n
Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
ModemApple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Infrared1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire1 – 400 Mbps
1 – 800 Mbps
USB2 – 480 Mbps
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical input jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical output jack
2 – Built-in speakers
Display1 – dual-link DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Sensors

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, embedded keypad, illuminated with ambient light sensor
TrackpadSolid-state trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support

Software

Original OSMac OS X 10.5.2
Later OSMac OS X 10.5.4
Maximum OSOS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.5
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Power

System Battery60 W Lithium-Polymer (MA348LL/A)
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles300
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter85 W MagSafe Power Adapter (MA357LL/A)

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