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White Unibody MacBook Q&A @ EveryMac.com

With EveryMac.com's "White Polycarbonate Unibody" MacBook Q&A you can get answers to all of your questions about the MacBook models that are molded as one piece of white polycarbonate (which Apple refers to as the "Late 2009" and "Mid-2010" MacBook models, and that share model number A1342). Both lines have been discontinued.

Questions range from "How do you upgrade the RAM in the White 'Unibody' MacBook models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM do they actually support?" to "How much faster is the 'Mid-2010' MacBook than the MacBook it replaced? How fast is it compared to the 13-Inch 'Mid-2010' MacBook Pro?" and include everything in between.

For answers about the original white or black polycarbonate MacBook (model number A1181), please refer to the White & Black MacBook Q&A.

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Most Frequently Asked White Unibody MacBook Q&As:

What are the differences between the 13-Inch "Mid-2010" MacBook and MacBook Pro models and the "Late 2010" MacBook Air? Which is best for me?

How do you upgrade the RAM in the White "Unibody" MacBook models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM do they actually support?

How much faster is the "Mid-2010" MacBook than the MacBook it replaced? How fast is it compared to the 13-Inch "Mid-2010" MacBook Pro?

What are the differences between the White "Mid-2010" MacBook and the White "Late 2009" MacBook that it replaced?

How do you upgrade the hard drive in the White "Unibody" MacBook? Do these models support an SSD?

What is the battery life of the White "Mid-2010" MacBook? Is it possible to swap the higher-capacity battery out of this model and into an older MacBook?

What are the "pros and cons" of the White "Unibody" MacBook? Is it right for my needs?

Which White "Unibody" MacBook models can pass an audio signal via Mini DisplayPort and which models cannot?

How do you replace the "non-upgradable" battery in the White "Unibody" MacBook models? Is doing so a "hack"?

What ports are provided by the White "Unibody" MacBook? Why does Apple not support Firewire?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of MacOS X is pre-installed on the White "Unibody" MacBook?

Can the White "Unibody" MacBook run MacOS 9/Classic applications?

Can the White "Unibody" MacBook run Windows?

Can the White "Unibody" MacBook run Linux?

Comparison & Performance Q&As (Mid-2010):

What are the differences between the 13-Inch "Mid-2010" MacBook and MacBook Pro models and the "Late 2010" MacBook Air? Which is best for me?

What are the differences between the 13-Inch White "Mid-2010" MacBook and the also 13-Inch "Mid-2010" MacBook Pro and "Mid-2009" MacBook Air models? Which is best for me?

What are the differences between the White "Mid-2010" MacBook and the White "Late 2009" MacBook that it replaced?

How much faster is the "Mid-2010" MacBook than the MacBook it replaced? How fast is it compared to the 13-Inch "Mid-2010" MacBook Pro?

What is the battery life of the White "Mid-2010" MacBook? Is it possible to swap the higher-capacity battery out of this model and into an older MacBook?

Comparison & Performance Q&As (Late 2009):

What are the differences between the White "Polycarbonate Unibody/Late 2009" MacBook and the "Mid-2010" 13-Inch MacBook Pro and "Mid-2009" MacBook Air models? Which is best for me?

What are the differences between the White "Polycarbonate Unibody/Late 2009" MacBook and the "Mid-2009" 13-Inch MacBook Pro models?

What are the differences between the White "Polycarbonate Unibody/Late 2009" MacBook Core 2 Duo and the White "Mid-2009" MacBook that it replaced?

How much faster is the White "Polycarbonate Unibody/Late 2009" MacBook Core 2 Duo than the MacBook it replaced? How fast is it compared to the 13-Inch MacBook Pro?

Battery, Power, & Function Q&As:

What is the "Late 2009" MacBook battery life in "real-world" tests?

What is the "Mid-2010" MacBook battery life? Is it possible to swap the higher-capacity battery out of this model and into an older MacBook?

How do you replace the "non-upgradable" battery in the White "Unibody" MacBook models? Is doing so a "hack"?

How does the MagSafe power connector on the MacBook models work?

How is the MagSafe power connector designed to not cause data loss?

How does the "Multi-Touch" trackpad on the "Unibody" MacBook and MacBook Pro work? How does it feel?

Upgrade & Expansion Q&As:

Does the White "Unibody" MacBook have expansion slots?

Can you upgrade the processor in the White "Unibody" MacBook?

How do you upgrade the RAM in the White "Unibody" MacBook models? What type of RAM do they use? How much RAM do they actually support?

How do you upgrade the hard drive in the White "Unibody" MacBook? Do these models support an SSD?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the White "Unibody" MacBook?

Video Q&As:

What type of video processor is provided by the White "Unibody" MacBook? Is it upgradable?

Does the White "Unibody" MacBook support dual displays? What is the maximum resolution for an external display?

Are there any adapters or "hacks" that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?

What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?

Which White "Unibody" MacBook models can pass an audio signal via Mini DisplayPort and which models cannot?

File Transfer, Networking & Communication Q&As:

How can I transfer all my files from my old Mac to my White "Unibody" MacBook without using Firewire?

What ports are provided by the White "Unibody" MacBook? Why does Apple not support Firewire?

What is "Mini DisplayPort"? Is it an industry-standard? How is it different from or better than Mini-DVI and Micro-DVI?

Does the White "Unibody" MacBook support 802.11n?

What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?

Design, Configuration & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the White "Unibody" MacBook?

Where can I buy a White "Unibody" MacBook?

What are the default configurations? What custom configurations are available?

What are the "pros and cons" of the White "Unibody" MacBook? Is it right for my needs?




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