the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

If you think the new MacBook Pro is all about Intel Core 2 Duo, you are missing a big point.

There is a very tiny but astonishing differences between the new MacBook Pro and the previous one.

See this picture for a few second and see if you can find it:

can you tell what's missing?

Those owners of the previous MacBook Pro should notice a tiny dot is missing from the new MacBook Pro.

Yes, with the previous MacBook Pro, there was a dot right next to the iSight built-in camera.

The dot turned into green light when you turn ON your iSight, to tell the camera has been activated.

So does this missing dot means the new MacBook Pro won't tell if the camera is working?


Here comes the amazing part.

See this picture. Apple DID THE IMPOSSIBLE 'AGAIN':

iSight indicator on the new MBP

Here is the magnified version:

MacBook Pro [2006/Fall]

With the new MacBook Pro, the green light will illuminate from within the aluminum bezel!

You will have to go to Apple Retail Store and see it with your eyes.

But it is a REALLY AMAZING design feature of the new MBP.

You may think there must be tiny holes around that area.

Well, maybe ....

But even if so, the holes are too small to recognize.

When the light is off, you won't be able to tell.

It may be a tiny detail, but Apple is one of the few company who would make things better even at this level.

[read the same news in Japanese]

投稿者名 Nobuyuki Hayashi 林信行 投稿日時 2006年10月27日 | Permalink

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    Very impressive indeed!

    投稿者名 David Niemeijer

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    Wow! That is really cool!

    投稿者名 Graeme Smith

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    Well, it was once said "Great Architecture has no details."

    I firmly reject that belief, and this is a perfect example of why.

    投稿者名 enigma_foundry

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    Enigma_foundry: that quote is precisely why the new iSight on indicator is so amazingly amazing.

    If you don't get this, sorry, it's like jazz. I can't explain it to you.

    But an attempt: details would be a bevel, or a hole, or an outline where the indicator is. No details, on the other hand, is that it just is. And that's what the quote means.

    投稿者名 John Koetsier

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    John, I think enigma_foundry meant it the other way. Not detail as in lines and bevels, but as in placing importance to such minor aesthetic enhancements.
    But in any case, "Great Architecture" should still not contain the details. However "Great Design" must. And Apple has done both. Does anyone know where I can find a pic of the previous iteration's iSight indicator?

    投稿者名 Vijay Arunkumar

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    "transparent aluminum", finally ...
    ... but still no magnetic aluminum, as the powerbook pro
    still doesn't have the simple, elegant latch mechanism
    of is entry-level sibling.

    投稿者名 retiarius

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    This is not nearly as "wow, amazing" or "impressive" as it may first sound. Apple has had lights shining through metal before - my iBook G3's sleep light pulses through the featureless metal bezel at the front, to the left of the lid release button, and that's like four years old now. I assume the G4 iBooks retained this feature?

    投稿者名 David S.

  • Re: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

    David, the iBook sleep lights were not metal but painted plastic.

    投稿者名 hachu

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    投稿者名 WEB