The range was completely redesigned on 2008-10-14, upgrading the consumer line to most of the specs of the former Pro range:
That was then re-designed on 2009-10-20 to get a new, curvier look:
Previously, the older plastic range had been refreshed on 2007-11-01, replacing the dated GMA 950 with a GMA X1300 video chipset as part of its Santa Rosa revamp.
Here’s the baseline architecture for the original revision:
Oddities of Plastic Models:
- List of Common Problems . Wow.
- Random shut-downs after upgrading to 10.4.7 OS X/10.4.7 . More power management issues? No, manufacturing ones.
Benchmarks of Plastic Models:
- Macworld Editors’ Note – in which we find that a white model can be faster than a black one.
- Final Cut and other stuff.
- Discoloration Issues – the black matte looks like a better option if you’ve got sweaty hands.
- Hairline MacBook cracks appearing
Fan Noise Issues:
- Apple MacBook “Moooing” sound identified and explained. – someone at Apple ought to read up on how to deal with “Hysteresis”:Wikipedia:Hysteresis in embedded controller feedback loops (a favorite topic of an Electronics professor of mine, who drilled us perhaps a bit too enthusiastically on it).
- The Intel Mac Temperature Database listings, filtered for “MacBook 13-inch 2.0 GHz Black”. I don’t find these temperatures to be acceptable, or “normal” for a laptop.
- Apple Notebooks: Operating Temperature – how pointless can a KB article be? Ah, wait, there’s worse.
Reviews of Plastic Models:
- Besides Macworld’s main review , see also Rob’s piece on gaming . Only 90-odd fps for Quake III Arena ? Hmm.
- Greg Storey’s DarthBook – “luke-warm”. Hmmm. Here’s some follow-up , and, as usual, Greg takes the time to answer comments and makes them a worthwhile read.
- Flaky black cover rumor (retraction)
- Notebook Review (overheating and crashes, apparently bad hardware?)
- John Waller’s review (video issues upon resume)
- Ars Technica Review (82C? can it get that hot?)
- Kodawarisan’s disassembly pictures