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