MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2008 Explained

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

The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2008 was a significant addition to Apple’s line of notebook computers, available from 2008 to 2009 as part of the MacBook Pro series. Introduced on October 14, 2008, this model started at a price point of $1,999.

Apple’s unveiling of the MacBook family marked a milestone in notebook design, offering advanced features at a more accessible price point. The 15-inch MacBook Pro boasted a precision unibody enclosure crafted entirely from a single block of aluminum. This innovative design choice resulted in a thinner, more durable, and visually striking device. Each member of the MacBook family featured state-of-the-art NVIDIA graphics, instant-on LED-backlit displays, and spacious glass Multi-Touch trackpads, enhancing user experience with intuitive gestures.

Notably, the MacBook family prioritized environmental sustainability, meeting stringent Energy Star 4.0, EPEAT Gold, and RoHS standards. These notebooks led the industry in eliminating toxic chemicals, incorporating PVC-free internal components, and utilizing energy-efficient LED-backlit displays free from mercury and arsenic.

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Industrial Design, emphasized the groundbreaking nature of the MacBook’s unibody enclosure, which replaced multiple parts with a single structure, resulting in a device that was thinner, stronger, and more robust.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro featured the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor, delivering enhanced 3D graphics performance with 16 parallel processing cores. The Multi-Touch trackpad provided users with expanded functionality, offering nearly 40 percent more tracking area and supporting a variety of gestures for seamless navigation.

In terms of performance, the MacBook Pro featured the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, running up to 2.8 GHz, and a flexible graphics architecture that allowed users to switch between integrated and discrete graphics processors for optimized battery life or performance, respectively.

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

Environmental consciousness was a key focus for the MacBook family, with each model achieving EPEAT Gold status and featuring recyclable aluminum enclosures, energy-efficient displays, and toxic chemical-free components.

The MacBook Pro, along with other models in the MacBook family, supported connectivity with the Apple LED Cinema Display via the industry-standard Mini DisplayPort, offering a pure digital signal capable of driving large widescreen displays.

Every MacBook came bundled with iLife ’08, Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle applications, and ran on Leopard, Apple’s advanced operating system featuring Time Machine for effortless backups, a redesigned Finder for streamlined file management, and other enhancements.

The specifications of the 15-inch MacBook Pro included options for Intel Core 2 Duo processors running at 2.4, 2.53, or 2.8 GHz, a 15.4-inch TFT Display, aluminum unibody case, up to 4 GB of RAM, and various storage configurations with either a 250 GB or 320 GB hard drive.

As of June 8, 2009, the MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2008 model was discontinued, marking the end of its production run.

Today, the MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2008 celebrates its 15-year anniversary, reminiscing on its contributions to Apple’s notebook legacy.

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

MacBook Pro 15-inch Late 2008 Details

IntroducedOctober 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
DiscontinuedJune 8, 2009 – 14 years ago
Last Software UpdateOctober 18, 2016 – 7 years ago
Time on the Market237 days (7 months)
Time of Support96 months (8 years)
Model IdentifierMacBookPro5,1
Model NumberA1286
EMC2255
Order NumberMB470LL/A
MB471LL/A
Original Price$1,999
$2,499

$2,799
ColorsAluminum
Weight5.5 Ibs.
2.49476 KG
Dimensions0.95” H x 14.35” W x 9.82” D
2.41 cm H x 36.44 cm W x 24.94 cm D

MacBook Pro 15-inch Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8600 “Penryn” (2.4 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 “Penryn” (2.53 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 “Penryn” (2.8 GHz)
Processor Speed2.4 GHz
2.53 GHz
2.8 GHz
Architecture64-bit
Number of Cores2
System Bus1066 MHz
Cache3 MB on-chip shared L2 (2.4 GHz)
6 MB on-chip shared L2 (2.53 GHz & 2.8 GHz)

Storage & Media

Storage250 GB (HDD)
320 GB (HDD)
128 GB (SSD)
256 GB (SSD)
Media1 – 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive

Memory

Built-in Memory2 GB
4 GB
Maximum Memory4 GB (Apple)
8 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots2 – PC3-8500 DDR3 204-pin SO-DIMM 1066 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 9600M GT
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Graphics Memory256 MB or 512 MB GDDR3 (NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT)
256 MB DDR3 shared with main memory (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M)
Display Connection1 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI, or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring
External ResolutionUp to 2560 x 1600 pixels
CameraiSight

Expansion

Expansion Slots1 – ExpressCard / 34
Hard Drive Interface3 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive Interface3 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
BaysNone

Connections

Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11a/b/g/n
Ethernet10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45)
ModemApple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Infrared1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire1 – 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 – Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI, or dual-link DVI with adapter)
Security Slot1 – Kensington cable lock

Sensors

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

Keyboard and trackpad

KeyboardFull-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys
TrackpadMulti-Touch trackpad

Software

Original OSMac OS X 10.5.5
Later OSMac OS X 10.5.6
Maximum OSOS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
AirDropSupported
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.5
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Power

System Battery50 W Lithium-Polymer (MB772LL/A)
Backup BatteryNone
Battery LifeUp to 5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles500
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100-240 V AC
Power Adapter85 W MagSafe Power Adapter (MA938LL/A)

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