A Japanese website has executed a nice dissection of Apple’s new MacBook. The captions are in Japanese, but “tunogkalye” has provided a translation of each photo over on the PinoyMac.org forums. Using your browser tabs or arranging two browser windows you can use the English translations below and see the corresponding photos along with them. Japanese readers need only the address for the photos, of course: http://www.suyama.co.jp/
Translation (numbers correspond to the order of photos):
1. Although one week late [according to rumor sites], this 17th day, Apple Store at Ginza appeared with full lines of customers.
2. It’s a nice feeling after the box was opened, the protecting pads were cleverly designed.
3. The design is almost the same as the previous iBook series by just looking at it although it is slimmer in reality.
4. For the locking mechanisms, metallic parts and magnets similar to the previous iBooks were no longer used. It is now similar to the clamshells before, which did not have locking mechanisms. After a long time, lock less mechanism was revived.
5. The keys on the keyboards are no longer tapered and becomes straight and flat. As for the touch and feel, it depends on the user’s taste.
6. The battery is wider (horizontally) but it solves the charge capacity problem. It contributed to the design layout which makes internal access easier.
7. The usual three screws at the same place (bottom) as the older models.
8. The battery bay in 12 inches iBook and Powerbook G4
9. Two screws locking the battery terminal and 2 screws for the palm rest.
10. Front view of the battery bay. Compared to previous iBooks, this is more secured in place (more rigid) because the top cover panel is held in place by 8 screws rather than tabs.
11. Two screws beside the optical drive.
12. Same way as the opposite side
13. The panel for inner access is held by 3 screws (screws already removed from panel) on the keyboard side. This arrangement makes upgrading easier.
14. Two memory slots positioned under the keyboard. A lever is used for removal.
15. When the lever is pushed, the memory pops up and can be removed. For installation, just push the memory modules in the slot.
16.You can replace the hardisk under the palm rest by removing the panel and pulling off the plastic film holder that secures the hardisk in place.
17. Compare with Windows designed notebooks, Apple designed notebooks have trouble with removal of hardrive but MacBook’s access characteristics was good that it would only take 1 minute to replace the hardrive.
18. Locking screw of the palm rest is similar to the Powerbook G4.
19. Top panel removed completely.
20. Heat problem seems to affect even the MacBook Pro but the cooling unit is rather prepared better with the MacBook.
21. Cooling unit . Control of the systems like temperature monitoring has extended to the logicboard. Air is sucked in from the under and exhaust is pushed at the rear.
22. Cooling unit is removed and shows CPU control systems
23. Intel Core Duo T2500 is shown
24. Chip set 945GM Express
25. The optical drive section. Since the clamshells and other Apples with plastic frames, screws were not utilized that much. With the MacBook, it may take a little time to assemble but it was more secure without sacrificing the design.
26. Hardisk bay under the palm rest. The arrangements is taken for consideration like weight distribution during opening of the display panel.
27. Speakers left and right
28. Sub-woofer beside the optical drive
29. Memory modules in place
30. The keyboard is integrated to the top cover panel.
31. This is the 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo 60 GB Model, the optical drive is Matsushita Superdrive “UJ-875-C”
The translation source: http://pinoymac.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=63313#63313
The photo source: http://www.suyama.co.jp/
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jim” for the heads up on both sources.]
Also, check out KODAWARISAN for more dissection photos here: http://www.kodawarisan.com/macbook/macbook001.html
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