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What are the differences between the "Late 2006" MacBook Core 2 Duo models?
Please note that the "Late 2006" MacBook Core 2 Duo models were discontinued on May 15, 2007.
The "Late 2006" MacBook Core 2 Duo systems -- the MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 1.83 13-Inch, MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 13-Inch (White - Late 2006), and MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 2.0 13-Inch (Black) -- have much in common.
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All use the same relatively compact and easy to upgrade polycarbonate case introduced by the original MacBook models with the same 13.3-inch "glossy" widescreen display with a 1280x800 native resolution, "flush against the bed" keyboard design, and "catchless" magnetic latch. Each has a "scrolling Trackpad" with "two-finger click" capability, integrated iSight video camera, bundled Apple Remote, and "MagSafe" power connector.
Each additionally has the same connectivity -- AirPort Extreme (802.11g, although the "Late 2006" models are upgradable to 802.11n with a firmware update), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire "400" port, mini-DVI out (supports an external display up to 1920x1200 pixels), and optical digital audio in/out. None support an internal modem, although an external Apple USB Modem was available for US$49.
Internally, the "Late 2006" MacBook notebooks use a similar logic board with Intel "Core 2 Duo" processors -- each with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip -- a 667 MHz frontside bus, support for 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) RAM, hard drives with "Sudden Motion Sensor" technology that stops the hard drive heads from moving if the notebook is dropped, and integrated graphics -- "the Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory". The entry-level MacBook "Core 2 Duo" 1.83 13-Inch only has 2 MB of shared "on chip" level 2 cache, but the 2.0 GHz models have 4 MB.
Apple quotes a maximum battery life of six hours for all MacBook notebooks with the provided 55-watt-hour battery, although the company estimates 3.5 hours while using wi-fi and 2.5 hours of DVD playback.
The modest differences between the "Late 2006" models -- configuration, color, and price -- are summarized in this handy chart:
|MacBook "Late 2006"||1.83||2.0 (White)||2.0 (Black)|
|Processor Speed:||1.83 GHz||2.0 GHz||2.0 GHz|
|Level 2 Cache:||2 MB||4 MB||4 MB|
|Hard Drive Size:||60 GB†||80 GB†||120 GB†|
|Standard RAM:||512 MB||1 GB||1 GB|
|Optical Capabilities:||8X "Combo"||6X DL "SuperDrive"||6X DL "SuperDrive"|
|Apple Part No:||MA699LL/A||MA700LL/A||MA701LL/A|
†The "Late 2006" MacBook models also could be upgraded at the time of purchase with a 160 GB (5400 RPM) or 200 GB (4200 RPM) hard drive. The 80 GB hard drive in the 2.0 (White) configuration could be upgraded to a 120 GB hard drive for US$150, so the black color alone commanded a US$50 premium.
Please refer to the Ultimate Mac Comparison feature to dynamically compare any MacBook model to any other G3 or later Mac.