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April 2006: MacBook Pro 17” and “school of the young fighter”

28.11.2018 - Apple, History, MacBook, PowerPC
April 2006: MacBook Pro 17” and “school of the young fighter”

Laptops with a screen diagonal of 43 cm is not of this world. Nor ease nor power of their desktop machines – and yet this concept is something there. If something is attracting, don’t wait for a more favorable point – buy. Could be wrong, but a more favorable moment may never come. In April 2006, the MacBook Pro has added 17-inch model. Its difference from the 15-inch cousins were minimal, I have (and maybe not only) the question arises: why is it released separately?

The answer is no, and practical sense, he would not have had – Apple had a period of long and deep all hands on deck, they dealt with it as best I could, details are unknown. Came out, and this is important.

I have a special relationship to the big Mac am, which is long gone. I could buy a MacBook Pro 17-inch (43.2 cm!), but… not in a hurry. After six months, maximum a year, will the model tastier and more interesting, is suffering… When they are gone, I had nothing to do, and then “the train has already left”. Outdated technology is interesting, but Xcode can not explain it, had to forget.

In April 2006, Apple released something else: a Boot Camp. Translated as “KMB”, “course of the young fighter”. 2-3 months of hell that turns a recruit into a soldier. But Apple has its own way and in her case, the designation of the varieties of hell on earth was the name of the technology facilitates the installation of Windows (selected versions and configurations) and its use alongside Mac OS X.

In April 2006 released the first beta version of “hell”, do ex hell. As beta versions of many other products. The first full release, Boot Camp 2.0, and in fact facilitated the installation and removed almost all the problems of exploitation, it became part of Mac OS 10.5.

Switching between the system demanded reboot, Windows versions not sold in the online Apple store (it had to buy from Microsoft), errors in the installation process Windows could result in bad consequences – but without the course of the young fighter to stay out of it would be true death…

The birth

Apple has a tradition. One of them: to announce new items on Tuesdays. If you retrograde and novelties to scare you, but Tuesday is over and nothing new appeared to take it easy, this week did not happen. Most likely.

MacBook Pro “Maxi” was declared on 24 April 2006, Monday. Traditions to exist, to have something to break.

What are the causes of that tradition (superstition? And why not?), and why is it that time violated? I don’t know.

The press release is silent about it. It mentions the iSight, Apple Remote, Front Row, Intel Core Duo and a five-fold superiority over the PowerBook G4 the same form factor, and all that company’s marketing division thought it necessary to inform.

Quoted Phil Schiller – head…

In a few hours Apple’s online store was unavailable, and when he came back to life, the last PowerBook G4.

The era of the PowerBook (1991-2006) ended.

Prohibited drummers

From the day when the first Intel Mac came into the hands of ordinary people, many of them wanted to divide the hard disk of your computer with the operating system “from the dark side”. And… on page computer media splashed waves of negativity: Intel Mac, and almost didn’t resist to these antics, but the result is discouraging.

Reverse action (installing the Intel version of Mac OS X on normal PC-shki) was directly and openly “forbidden”. Logical: if Mac OS X, no restrictions were installed on the computers from other manufacturers, the company’s business would be irreparably damaged. The main source of vitality the Apple is iron.

Install Mac OS X on other people’s computers were blocked in Macs with Intel inside was a special chip, which transformed the installer of the system to a set of meaningless binary data. But something that a normal human death, for others a reason to have fun.

Attempts to circumvent this prohibition was that some of them were successful (the exact date when the first Hackintosh, you don’t – is unknown), but it happened in the period between 10 January and 5 April 2006 (the day released the first beta version of Boot Camp, appeared in the media a few notes about it and mentioned the first “Hackintosh’and” yet without the name.

One of my friends, psycho-taught, dealt with this in June 2006 and sent the fruits of their labor in Cupertino. In September of the same year, following these fruits in Cupertino left and he – he was offered a job at Apple. He managed to surprise them.

Born on Monday

April 2006: MacBook Pro 17” and “school of the young fighter”

MacBook Pro with a screen diagonal of 17 inches, released 24 April 2006, was produced in a single version – and configuration, the same configuration of the most powerful 15-inch counterparts. As they say, “great laptop…”

The model ID MacBookPro1,2. Processor – Intel Core Duo with a clock speed of 2.16 GHz (T2600, for the 15-inch MacBook Pro this processor was an option in the online store).

2-MB second level cache, processor frequency of frontal system bus 667 MHz type RAM PC2-5300 (667 MHz) DDR2 SDRAM, the basic kit was 1 Gigabyte of memory (one slot occupied, the second free), max. capacity up to 2GB.

Interface with hard drives and optical drive – UltraATA/100. Not SATA. As the 15-inch MacBook Pro first generation.

The basic kit – drive capacity of 100 GB (5 400 rpm, UltraATA/100), in the list of options a set of alternative options: 100 GB (7 400 rpm) and 120 GB (5 400 rpm). In “third-party” collections spec, most likely, the error is: specified in the basic configuration of the included drive capacity of 120 Gigabytes. In Apple’s specifications specify a 100 GB drive in its base configuration, but 120 GB is in the list of options. All drives are equipped with a drop sensor (Sudden Motion Sensor, SMS).

Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM supported dual-link DVI. Native resolution of the integrated display is 1680×1050 (16:10), the outer up to 2560 x 1600.

8x DL SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW).

Sensor lighting (control screen brightness and backlight keyboard), MagSafe, AppleRemote, Front Row…

AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR built-in.

Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0 ports (instead of 2 15-inch variant), 1 port and 1 FW 400 – FW 800 (15-inch only has 1 FW 400 port).

ExpressCard/34 slot (instead of Type I/II PC Card 17-inch PowerBook G4).

According to the test results SPECint and SPECfp, Apple announced that the 17-inch MacBook Pro outperforms the latest PowerBook G4 17-inch “five times”.

According to the Geekbench 2 – 3.1 times (2592/836). In any case, the MacBook Pro is “faster”.

For “portable Hippo” size matters: 2.59 x 39.2 x 26.5 cm, with the lid closed. The last dimension (“depth”), compared to the PowerBook G4 17”, increased by 5 mm. And a thickness of not 1 inch, and 1.02 inches – however, like PowerBook G4 17”.

Weight – 3.1 kg. Hard, Yes. But a large and bright screen!!!

Compared to the last PowerBook to its size, MacBook Pro 17” rose $ 100, to 2 799.

Things would be put in case with bright (Retina) 17-inch screen in our day, calling the product a MacBook SuperPro…

To be continued

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