Top 10 things you might not know about Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook

Dan Warne reports for APC Magazine, “We’ve had one of the new MacBooks for 24 hours and have discovered some interesting secrets hiding within…”

1. Target Disk Mode: Without a Firewire port, the MacBook can’t do target disk mode as we know it. You may have hoped that Apple had hacked it to work with USB. Sadly, I confirmed with Apple Australia yesterday that the answer is no.

2. The system migration tool has been updated

3. The system chipset has changed, not just the GPU

4. Break the glass screen fascia; replace the whole screen: Should you drop the machine and bend the aluminium or break the glass fascia, you’ll have to replace the entire screen and top case. Apple Australia confirmed that it’s all one part.

5. The MacBooks run a special build of OS X, not yet released to other Macs

6. The battery indicator is now on the left side of the notebook

7. The chicklet keyboard on the MacBook is very firmly supported: Try as we might, we couldn’t get the keyboard to bend to pressure.

8. The speakers are surprisingly good

9. The viewing angle on the LCD is still lacking: Although the new MacBook’s LED panel has made some advances in this respect, it’s still nowhere near as good as the 15″ MacBook Pro screen.

10. Installing a hard drive is now even more superbly easy

Much more, including an 11th thing you might not know (“These go to eleven.”), plus even more extra things you might not know, along with photos and screenshots, here.

31 Comments

  1. 4. Break the glass screen fascia; replace the whole screen:

    Well, yes, it’s one piece. But isn’t the idea of it being one piece that it is sturdier and less likely to break?

    6. The battery indicator is now on the left side of the notebook

    The quality of secrets these days is distinctly poor.

  2. Steve mentioned the battery indicator during his keynote presentation. Overall, a much improved product, although the original MacBook was/is a winner and very popular for a reason.
    The updated product will help to integrate the models into one
    major product line.

  3. As a Mac admin (about 600 Macs, mostly MacBooks), the missing FireWire is a HUGE disappointment. I mean HUGE. For users who need a loaner while theirs is repaired, I can’t just drag over their home folder. I’ll now have to remove HDD’s and use a DriveDock for file transfers. A big giant WTF to Apple on this one. Wow.

  4. Somehow, The idea of glass on a laptop screen scars me. Laptops do fall & glass usually breaks when it falls.

    Why couldn’t they just replace the White MacBook’s casing with aluminum & do additional upgrades like Ram, HDD, & Speed.???

    What I love about my iBook is that it’s flexible to some respect. @ least the screen won’t break when bent or flexed a bit. Heck I’ve even accidentally sat on my 12 inch iBook G4 1.2Ghz once & it didn’t break ( I’m 6ft 2in) & weigh 220lbs)

    I think I’ll skip this new design & get a REGULAR MacBook pro off the reconditioned Mac Section or just get a New White MacBook.

    I don’t yet like the idea off glass screens on a laptop, thats unless someone actually does a drop test to see if the screen would break. The Glass is not necessary & would not make it environmentally safer. Just continue the Metal Frame to the front & Glossy LCD like on the old MacBook. IT’d actually more hazardous because if the screen breaks of shatters, the glass can fly up.

    ??????

  5. No Target mode.

    Sorry, as a consultant that takes care of Macs, I’m not going to carry around an external USB2 box so I can “easily transfer files from the removed drive to another Mac”.

    Not to mention opening up the laptop to get the drive out.
    This just goes against the the whole Apple experience, “It just works. Ease of use.”

    Kinda like the old auto chairman that said, save a nickel anywhere you can on the design of our car. Guess what, that started the race to the bottom of quality and you saw cars just falling apart in the 70s and early 80s.

  6. I thought target disc mode was now available via ethernet? I asked at the apple store how I would migrate from my current MB and they said when you start the new one it asks to do it via ethernet. This would be faster than usb as well.

  7. Use the updated Migration tool, and you can migrate them using a straight ethernet cable between the systems, or over airport even (though would be MUCH slower than using Ethernet). This was a painless and fast process to move my data over from my older Macbook to the new one, in fact its basically the same technology you would use to migrate data to a Macbook Air!

  8. ‘Use the updated Migration tool, and you can migrate them using a straight ethernet cable between the systems, or over airport even (though would be MUCH slower than using Ethernet). This was a painless and fast process to move my data over from my older Macbook to the new one, in fact its basically the same technology you would use to migrate data to a Macbook Air!’

    Must be great to have all that spare time

  9. Target disc mode SOLVED- Go to frys and buy a firewire 800 to 400 cable. Works great. This is the reason I voted “Does not effect me on MDN poll. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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