January 10, 2006 Steve Jobs introduces the original 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple’s thinnest, fastest and lightest laptop to date.
Building on the previous PowerBook G4 laptop, the new laptop adds dual-core Intel processors for the first time. The MacBook Pro immediately created a wave in the technology community. And did we mention its great MagSafe connector?
MacBook Pro: The first Intel MacBook
Apple’s move to Intel chips has become one of the most important topics of discussion after Jobs unveiled the MacBook Pro at the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. (Jobs revealed that the Macs will switch from PowerPC processors last June.)
Although some people were skeptical at first, Jobs thought that accepting Intel would prove important in the end. The impressive chipmaker’s roadmap has shown great interest in innovation, similar to Apple’s.
To mark the transition from PowerPC, Jobs abandoned the name “PowerBook,” which Apple began using for its laptops in 1991. The name change was proof that this was a turning point in the history of Apple laptops. However, at the time, some saw the change as Jobs showing a lack of respect for Cupertino’s history (especially things that happened while he was out of the company).
Although the name gave people reason to be skeptical about the MacBook Pro, Apple made sure the machine delivered what it promised. In a very rare move, the laptop came with a faster CPU than originally announced, offering even better performance without staying at the same price.
The $ 1,999 MacBook Pro promised a 1.67 GHz CPU, but was actually shipped at 1.83 GHz. The $ 2,499 premium machine jumped from 1.83 GHz to 2.0 GHz. Once again, Apple seemed determined to outdo its rivals. The Intel Core Duo CPU for the MacBook Pro offered up to five times better performance than its predecessor.
MagSafe and other MacBook Pro features
Another great feature I remember about the first MacBook Pro is the arrival of the MagSafe connector. Apple’s innovative magnetic power connector meant that if someone tripped over your Mac cable, it would simply detach instead of pulling your laptop to the floor.
Cupertino borrowed the concept from magnetic connectors used in deep fryers and other cooking appliances to protect cooks from spilling dangerously hot liquids. But Apple improved it (and earned a patent) by making the connector symmetrical and reversible – and therefore incredibly easy to use.
The new MacBook Pro also boasts a 15.4-inch widescreen LCD and built-in iSight camera, an advancement for Apple laptops.
Goodbye, Intel. Hello, M1.
In 2020, Apple revealed that it would build its own ARM-based chips for Macs and sever ties with Intel within two years. The first MacBook Pro to run Apple’s new M1 chip arrived in November 2020, bringing increased performance and battery life which is why Intel and AMD have been noticed.
And in 2021, Apple introduced the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. Powered by even more powerful M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the top laptops have restored several ports that Apple had previously abandoned in favor of USB-C. The new model has even revitalized the favorite MagSafe charging system.
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