MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 Explained

Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch iSight

The Apple MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 stands as a notable notebook computer within the Apple lineup, originating from its release in 2008. This device, a member of the MacBook family, emerged onto the market on February 26, 2008, boasting an initial price tag of $1,099.

Apple’s update to its MacBook series included the integration of the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, expanded hard drive capacities, and a standard memory of 2 GB in most models. Among its prominent features, all Mac notebooks sported a built-in iSight video camera, facilitating on-the-go video conferencing. Additionally, Apple’s MagSafe Power Adapter, designed to disconnect safely under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking technology, providing enhanced performance and extended range compared to its predecessor, were incorporated into the MacBook lineup.

The new MacBook models were characterized by their sleek 13-inch glossy widescreen displays and competitive pricing, commencing at $1,099. The lineup offered three distinct models, each equipped with faster processors and larger hard drives. Noteworthy among these were the white 2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz models, featuring 120 GB or 160GB 5400 rpm hard drives, and the striking black 2.4 GHz model, boasting a generous 250 GB 5400 rpm hard drivea configuration previously available solely as an option. The 2.4 GHz MacBook models were accompanied by 2 GB of standard memory, expandable up to 4 GB across the lineup.

A suite of essential features enriched the MacBook experience, including iLife 08 software, a comprehensive package of digital lifestyle applications. This package introduced significant updates, such as a new version of iPhoto and a revamped iMovie, seamlessly integrated with the .Mac Web Gallery for online photo and video sharing.

MacBook 13.3-inch Black
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch Black

Moreover, every MacBook was bundled with Leopard, Apple’s advanced operating system, featuring Time Machine for effortless backups, a redesigned Finder for efficient file management, Quick Look for instant file previews, Spaces for intuitive application grouping and switching, and various enhancements to Mail and iChat. .Mac members could leverage the Back to My Mac feature, enabling remote file access over the Internet.

The technical specifications of the MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 encompassed a 2.1 GHz or 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 13.3 TFT Display, a durable polycarbonate case available in white or black, 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, a 120 GB or 160 GB hard drive, a slot-loading 24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW dual-layer Combo drive, built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, FireWire 400, an iSight camera, an ambient light sensor, and 144 MB Intel GMA X3100 graphics in the base model.

Ultimately, the MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 ceased production on October 14, 2008, marking the end of its era. As of today, this model has reached the milestone of being 16 years old, reflecting its enduring legacy in the realm of notebook computing.

MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black
Source: – MacBook 13.3-inch in White and Black

MacBook 13-inch Early 2008 Details

Introduced February 26, 2008 – 16 years ago
Discontinued October 14, 2008 – 15 years ago
Last Software Update October 4, 2012 – 11 years ago
Time on the Market 231 days (7 months)
Time of Support 55 months (4 years)
Model Identifier MacBook4,1
Model Number A1181
EMC 2242
Order Number MB402LL/A (White)
MB403LL/A (White)
MB404LL/A (Black)
Original Price $1,099
Colors White (2.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz)
Black (2.4 GHz)
Weight 5 Ibs.
2.267 KG
Dimensions 1.08 H x 12.78 W x 8.92 D
2.74 cm H x 32.46 cm W x 22.65 cm D

MacBook 13-inch Tech Specs


Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 “Penryn” (2.1 GHz)
Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 “Penryn” (2.4 GHz)
Processor Speed 2.1 GHz
2.4 GHz
Architecture 64-bit
Number of Cores 2
System Bus 800 MHz
Cache 3 MB on-chip shared L2

Storage & Media

Storage 120 GB
160 GB
200 GB
Media 1 – 24x DVD-ROM/CD-RW “Combo” drive or 8x DVD-R/CD-RW dual-layer “SuperDrive” slot-loading drive


Built-in Memory 1 GB
2 GB
Maximum Memory 4 GB (Apple)
6 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots 2 – PC2-5300 DDR2 200-pin SO-DIMM 667 MHz
Interleaving Support Yes


Built-in Display 13.3″ Color TFT glossy widescreen Display
Pixel Density 114 dpi
Brightness 250 cd/m
Resolutions 640 x 480
720 x 480
800 x 500
800 x 600
1024 x 640
1024 x 768
1152 x 720
1280 x 800 (native)


Graphics Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA X3100
Graphics Memory 144 MB DDR2 SDRAM*
Display Connection 1 – Mini-DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Display Modes Dual display extended and video mirroring
External Resolution Up to 1920 by 1200 pixels
Camera iSight
*Minimum graphics memory usage is 144 MB. An additional 16 MB is required when using an external display


Expansion Slots None
Hard Drive Interface 1.5 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA)
Optical Drive Interface Ultra ATA/100 (UATA/66)
Bays None


Wi-Fi AirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T (RJ-45 – support for jumbo frames)
Modem Apple USB Modem MA034Z/A (Optional)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Infrared 1 – For Apple Remote Only
FireWire 1 – 400 Mbps
USB 2 – 480 Mbps
Audio In 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack
1 – Built-in microphone
Audio Out 1 – 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack
2 – Built-in speakers
Display 1 – Mini-DVI (S-Video, VGA, and Composite with adapter)
Security Slot 1 – Kensington cable lock


Motion Sensor Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS)
Liquid Sensor Liquid Contact Indicators (LCI)

Keyboard and trackpad

Keyboard Built-in Full-size 78-key (U.S.) or 79-key (ISO) incl. 12 function and 4 arrow keys, the embedded keypad
Trackpad Built-in Solid-state trackpad (Tap, double-tap, drag, and scroll)


Original OS Mac OS X 10.5.2
Maximum OS Mac OS X 10.7.5
Firmware Intel Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI)
Bundled Software Mac OS X 10.5
iLife 08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)


System Battery 55 W Lithium-Polymer
Backup Battery None
Battery Life Up to 4.5 hours
Maximum Battery Cycles 300
Maximum Continuous Power Unknown
Line Voltage 100-240 V AC
Power Adapter 60 W MagSafe Power Adapter

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