With a black and silver design reminiscent of the Aluminum iMac models, the "Unibody" MacBook "Core 2 Duo" (Late 2008/Aluminum) models introduced an all new case design milled from a single block of aluminum providing greater strength, reduced weight, and a superior finish than previous systems. Download: PDF Manual
The Apple MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 13-Inch (Unibody - Late 2008/Aluminum) features a 45 nm "Penryn" 2.4 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (P8600), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 3 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache, a 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 1 GB modules), a 250 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL "SuperDrive", a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M "graphics processor with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory", integrated iSight, and an LED-backlit 13.3" widescreen TFT active-matrix "glossy" display (1280x800 native resolution).
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, optical digital/analog audio in/out, and a new "Mini DisplayPort" that supports an external display at 2560x1600. It does not include a Firewire "400" port.
In addition to the new case design, compared to the "Early 2008/Penryn" models that these replaced, the "Unibody" line offers a new "no button" glass "multi-touch" trackpad with support for new "four finger" gestures and programmable "zones", a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory, and a faster graphics processor, as well as an LED-backlit display. This model also has a backlit keyboard, whereas the lower-end configuration does not.
|Introduction Date:||October 14, 2008||Discontinued Date:||June 8, 2009|
|Details:||The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.|
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2008.
|Processors:||1 (2 Cores)||Geekbench:||3276/3629*|
|Details:||*These Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively.|
Geekbench 2 benchmarks reflect results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better. Individual user-submitted benchmarks can vary, but an average can be useful to get an idea of the relative performance of different Macs. You also might be interested in combing through all Geekbench user-submissions for Macs with the MacBook5,1 Model Identifier, which may includemultiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench results from different Macs side-by-side, please see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
|Processor Speed:||2.4 GHz||Processor Type:||Core 2 Duo (P8600)|
|Details:||*The Intel "Core 2 Duo" 45 nm "Penryn" (P8600) processor includes two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip.|
Also see: How much faster is the "Unibody" MacBook Core 2 Duo compared to the "Early 2008 Penryn" MacBook Core 2 Duo?
|Details:||Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the "Unibody" MacBook?|
|System Bus Speed:||1066 MHz||Cache Bus Speed:||2.4 GHz (Built-in)|
|Details:||1066 MHz frontside bus.|
|ROM/Firmware Type:||EFI||EFI Architecture:||64-Bit|
|L1 Cache:||32k/32k||L2/L3 Cache:||3 MB (on chip)|
|Details:||Includes a 3 MB shared "on chip" level 2 cache that runs at processor speed.|
|RAM Type:||PC3-8500 DDR3||Min. RAM Speed:||1066 MHz|
|Details:||Supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM. Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Unibody" MacBook? How much RAM of what type does it support?|
|Standard RAM:||2 GB||Maximum RAM:||8 GB*|
|Details:||2 GB of RAM is installed as two 1 GB modules, no slots free.|
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 4 GB of RAM. Originally, this model was only unofficially capable of stably supporting 6 GB of RAM, but as confirmed by site sponsor OWC, it is capable of supporting 8 GB of RAM if updated to Boot ROM Version MB51.007D.B03 andrunning MacOS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or higher.
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells memory -- as well as other upgrades -- for this MacBook.
In Canada, site sponsor The Mac Market sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook.
In Southeast Asia, site sponsor SimplyMac.sg sells memory and other upgrades for this MacBook.
Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
|Motherboard RAM:||None||RAM Slots:||2|
|Details:||Apple recommends that one install RAM in matched pairs for optimum performance.|
|Video Card:||GeForce 9400M||VRAM Type:||Integrated|
|Details:||This model has a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M that shares memory with the system.|
Also see: How much faster is the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor in the "Unibody" MacBook models compared to the Intel GMA X3100 and GMA 950 in earlier models? Is gaming performance improved?
|Standard VRAM:||256 MB||Maximum VRAM:||256 MB|
|Details:||Apple reports that "memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 256 MB".|
|Built-in Display:||13.3" Widescreen||Native Resolution:||1280x800|
|Details:||13.3" color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix "glossy" display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution. Apple reports that it also supports "1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; [and] 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio".|
Site sponsor MicroReplay provides display replacement as well as advanced repair services like liquid spill recovery, logic board repair, accident and abuse repair, and more for this MacBook.
|2nd Display Support:||Dual/Mirroring||2nd Max. Resolution:||2560x1600|
|Details:||The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.|
|Standard Hard Drive:||250 GB (5400 RPM)||Int. HD Interface:||Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)|
|Details:||Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive in the "Unibody" MacBook?|
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this MacBook.
Also in the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers professional hard drive replacement and SSD installation as well as other services with a 24 hour turnaround for this MacBook.
In Australia, site sponsor RamCity sells storage upgrades for this MacBook.
|Standard Optical:||8X DL "SuperDrive"||Standard Disk:||None|
|Details:||Apple reports that this slot-loading "SuperDrive" (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW" and a maximum read speed of "8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD".|
Site sponsor Other World Computing offers a "Data Doubler" mounting kit that may be of interest. It makes it simple to install a second hard drive or SSD in the optical drive bay of this MacBook.
|Standard Modem:||None||Standard Ethernet:||10/100/1000Base-T|
|Details:||External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) available for US$49.|
|Standard AirPort:||802.11a/b/g/n||Standard Bluetooth:||2.1+EDR|
|Details:||AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR standard.|
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
|USB Ports:||2 (2.0)||Firewire Ports:||None|
|Details:||Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports.|
|Expansion Slots:||None||Expansion Bays:||None|
|Details:||No expansion slots or bays provided.|
|Incl. Keyboard:||Full-size||Incl. Input:||Trackpad (4 Finger)|
|Details:||Apple reports that the integrated keyboard has "78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement)." It does not have an embedded numeric keypad. This keyboard is backlit.|
The glass "multi-touch" trackpad "supports two-finger scrolling, pinch, rotate, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities".
|Case Type:||Notebook||Form Factor:||MacBook (Unibody)|
|Details:||This MacBook uses a black and silver "unibody" case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a "catchless" magnetic latch.|
|Apple Order No:||MB467LL/A||Apple Subfamily:||Late 2008 Aluminum|
|Details:||The Apple order number should be unique to this system.|
|Apple Model No:||A1278 (EMC 2254)||Model ID:||MacBook5,1|
|Details:||Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.|
Also see: All Macs with the A1278 Model Number, the 2254 EMC Number, and the MacBook5,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
|Battery Type:||45 W h Li-Poly||Battery Life:||5 Hours|
|Details:||Apple reports that this model has a "45-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery" that provides "5 hours of wireless productivity".|
Also see: What is the "Unibody" MacBook battery life in "real-world" tests?
|Pre-Installed MacOS:||X 10.5.5 (9F2114)||Maximum MacOS:||Current*|
|Details:||*This system can run the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," although it does not support Power Nap or AirPlay Mirroring functionality (which also requires an Apple TV 2nd Gen or later). When running Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" it is not supported booting in 64-bit mode.|
Please note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X, like Mountain Lion and Mavericks, are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or earlier.
|Minimum Windows:||XP SP2 (32-Bit)*||Maximum Windows:||7 (32-Bit)*|
|Details:||*Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit version of this operating system with appropriate drivers.|
|MacOS 9 Support:||None||Windows Support:||Boot/Virtualization|
|Details:||Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?|
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
|Dimensions:||0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94||Avg. Weight:||4.5 lbs (2.04 kg)|
|Details:||In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).|
|Original Price (US):||US$1599||Est. Current Retail:||US$625-US$700|
|Details:||Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).|
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