2011-02-23

Rumored MacBook specs with “Thunderbolt” (=Light Peak)

Update 2011-02-24: Apple’s MacBook introductions: what’s actually new?

The highlights of the specs published by fscklog:
  • 2.3 GHz Dual Core Intel Core i5 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 13.3" display, 1280 x 800 pixels
  • SuperDrive
  • Thunderbolt for high speed I/O and Mini DisplayPort devices.
  • SDXC card reader
  • 2 x USB2, 1 x FireWire 800, 1 x Ethernet
  • Weight: 2.04kg
Source: fscklog
Observations:
  • So far, I missed the following things from MacBooks.
    • High-resolution display: The listed specs seem to be from an entry-level model. Thus higher-cost models will have a better resolution, probably the MacBook Air’s 1440 x 900.
    • Fast IO port: available via Thunderbolt. This is probably Apple’s name for Intel’s Light Peak [1].
    • 3G wirless connectivity: will probably have to wait (if we ever get it).
  • Mini DisplayPort supported via a Thunderbolt adapter.
  • Thunderbolt is a separate port, no dual use for USB2.
  • Will Apple’s lawyers ask websites to take down the images? With the official announcement being tomorrow, the added PR can only be good for Apple.
Related reading:
  1. Soon from Apple: Light Peak and data over the power cord
  2. Closer Look Photo of Thunderbolt (Light Peak) Port
    • Summary in a sentence: Thunderbolt uses the Mini DisplayPort. That probably means that the port will function as either DisplayPort or Thunderbolt, depending on the cable or adapter that is used. DisplayPort cables can optionally carry power and I expect Thunderbolt to do the same (anything else would not make sense, anyway). It’ll be interesting to see how much. Apparently Apple (and possibly Intel) liked the Mini DisplayPort plugs. Licensing is as follows:
      [Apple licenses] the connector technology with no fee. Apple reserves the right to void the license should the licensee “commence an action for patent infringement against Apple”. [Wikipedia]
The current MacBook Pro 13", with Mini DisplayPort [source: Apple]

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