The Macbook is a line of portable computers made by Apple. As of 2011, the line consisted of three primary types of notebooks. Two evolved out of older models known as the iBook and Powerbook, and the third was introduced by Apple in a bid to create an ultra-portable device.
The Macbook is the computer for the basic user. It is the most affordable of the Apple line, with the exception of the Mac Mini. As of mid-2011, the Macbook line contained only a single computer with a 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo chip. Previously, the line had included more options, but the higher-end versions were rolled into the Macbook Pro line. The regular Macbook is a 13-inch notebook computer with a white case.
The Macbook Pro
As with its desktop computers, Apple has a clear delineation between its notebooks for everyday users and those for professionals. The Macbook Pro is the professional line. As of mid-2011, it contains five models. These include two 13-inch models that used to be part of the Macbook line, two 15-inch models and the high-end 17-inch version. All except the base-level 13-inch version are equipped with i7 chips, and all come equipped with the new Intel "Thunderbolt" connection port.
There are four versions of the Macbook Air: two ultra-portable 11-inch models and two 13-inch models. All four are meant to be very lightweight and portable and designed for travel. The computers feature flash storage rather than a traditional hard drive. All four are a tiny .68-inch thick. The 13-inch model weighs only 2.9 pounds, while the smaller model weighs 2.3 pounds.
As with all Apple products, speculation runs rampant as to where the Macbook line goes from here. At the time of this writing, the primary Macbook Pro and Macbook lines have not received a significant design refresh for many versions. Some analysts predict this in the near future. At the same time, Apple's revolutionary iPad product is thought by some to be cannibalizing laptop sales, which may force Apple to bring a new strategy to the table for the Macbook line.
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