MacBook Fixit Guide Available

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Date: Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 08:40
Category: MacBook

41.jpgiFixit, publisher of the do-it-yourself Fixit Guide series, has released free MacBook disassembly instructions and photos. The MacBook disassembly guide contains hi-res photos of the MacBook’s internals, including the Intel Core Duo processor.
Free Fixit Guides are available for these computers:
* MacBook
* MacBook Pro
* Mac Mini
* PowerBook G4 Aluminum (867 MHz – 1.67 GHz)
* PowerBook G4 Titanium (400 MHz – 1 GHz)
* PowerBook G3 (233 – 500 MHz)
* iBook G4 (800 MHz – 1.42 GHz)
* iBook G3 (300 – 900 MHz)

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Apple: Final Cut Studio not Supported on MacBook

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Date: Sunday, May 21st, 2006, 22:49
Category: MacBook

fcs_box_125.jpgApple posted a knowledge base article (Article ID: 303782) explaining how Final Cut Studio is not supported on the MacBook:

If you have a MacBook, the Final Cut Studio (Universal) crossgrade Installer does not prohibit you from installing the pro applications, but this configuration does not meet the minimum system requirements for Final Cut Studio.

See the Final Cut Studio system requirements for complete requirements.

Note: The integrated graphics processor in the MacBook does not permit float processing in Motion and will result in degraded performance and other issues in Motion and other Final Cut Studio applications.

Final Cut Studio is not supported on MacBook

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More on the MacBook (Pictures)

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 08:52
Category: MacBook

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After yesterday’s piece on the MacBook’s HDD access door I have a little more feedback on the MacBook.
The glossy screen is nice, but more difficult to read from the side. I prefer the satin screen of the MacBook Pro. The shell of the machine is a very similar texture to the older Pismo models, but a more deeper black color.
The MacBook now opens and closes without a button latch and no longer has a metal hook to keep it closed, it’s all magnetic. There’s an indentation in the front where you put your finger allowing you to pry the screen up.
The sleep light is in the front right corner and is nearly invisible when not on.
The weird thing is the new style keyboard: rather than a one-piece keyboard which attaches to the top of the laptop, the MacBook now has a top case that completely covers the top of the laptop and the keys.
Click on Read More for four pictures…

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MacBook HDD Acess Door (Pictures)

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Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2006, 11:07
Category: MacBook

I got the opportunity today to pick up three new Black MacBooks. Here’s some photos, specifically of the bottom battery access panel where the RAM and HD access are located.
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The metal “L” shaped cover has TINY safety screws that don’t come loose so they can’t be lost. The hardest part is getting a very small screwsdriver at the correct angle to open the access panel.
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Contributed by: Chuck Freedman

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MacBook, Disassembled

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 09:03
Category: MacBook

macbook-disassembled.jpgMitsunobu Tanaka, Ph.D, a.k.a. Kodawarisan, has disassembled the new MacBook.

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The Apple Core: MacBook PROS: new features over the MBP

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:37
Category: MacBook

macbook-black-keyboard.jpgYesterday Apple announced the long-awaited iBook successor, the MacBook and there are a couple of things worth noting between it and the MacBook Pro.
Video: The MacBook uses Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 with 64MB of shared video memory versus the MacBook Pro’s dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 (running on the PCI Express bus.) The MacBook isn’t going to be a screaming game machine, nor will it be chosen by high-end graphic or video professionals. These users will chose the MacBook Pro just for the video processor.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The MacBook has a User-Replaceable HDD

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Date: Wednesday, May 17th, 2006, 08:54
Category: MacBook

AppleInsider is reporting that the new MacBook has a secret door under the battery bay for quick access to the machine’s hard drive making upgrading super easy. AI also has the skinny on the MacBook’s permanent feet – no podiatry issues here:

Where the MacBook really struts its stuff is under the hood. There, innovation takes center stage — primarily in the front-most portion of the computer, beneath the wrist-rests.

Flipping a MacBook upside down and removing its rectangular lithium-polymer battery reveals two RAM slots, placed side-by-side on one wall of the battery cavity…

Below the two RAM slots (at the base of the battery cavity) is where you’ll find the MacBook’s hard disk drive. Without disassembling the notebook, users will be able to quickly removing some protective aluminum shielding and lift the drive out of the computer.

AppleInsider | Apple’s MacBook sports user-replaceable hard disks

AI also has some pretty sweet close-up photos of the MacBook too, although none of the inside of the battery bay.

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Apple Announces MacBook

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Date: Tuesday, May 16th, 2006, 08:22
Category: MacBook

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It’s official folks! After much speculation and last week’s false start the iBook replacement is finally real. Apple just updated their Web site with all the details of the MacBook. Check it out!

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MacBook Release Postponed a Week

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Date: Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook

According to Think Secret, the MacBook is due to be announced next Tuesday 16 May, 2006:

Apple pulled its MacBook announcement, expected today, at the last minute due to supply issues related to the new laptop. The MacBook is now slated to arrive next week. Sources would not elaborate on the postponement beyond saying that stock levels were not where Apple had wanted them for the initial release.

Think Secret – MacBook’s release sees one week postponement

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MacBooks in Black and White Tomorrow?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:20
Category: MacBook

Think Secret is reporting that the MacBook is due to be announced tomorrow: 

Following up on our report earlier this week concerning the MacBook’s May availability, sources have nailed down next Tuesday, May 9, as the introduction day for the Intel-based laptop.

Think Secret – Briefly: MacBook’s day this coming Tuesday [Updated]

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