How to Visually Identify the New Macbooks

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  1. jbg232 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2007
    So if anyone goes to a store and can't figure out if they're looking at a new macbook or an old one, here is how you can tell:

    I've searched the site and there doesn't appear to be anything like this for the macbook pro. Maybe they don't have the new keyboard updates?

    How to visually identify a MacBook (13-inch Late 2007)

    The MacBook (13-inch Late 2007) portable computer looks very similar to the previous MacBook computers. Here are a couple of key, visual differences:
    Check the keyboard

    Look at the computer's keyboard. It should have the new media control keys across the function key row as shown in the Figures 1 and 2 below.

    Figure 1 Left side function keys

    Figure 2 Right side function keys

    Function Key Feature
    F1, F2 Decrease or increase the display brightness
    F3 Exposé allows quick access to all open windows
    F4 Dashboard allows access to widgets
    F5, F6 Programmable keys
    F7—F9 Media controls for rewind, play, or fast forward
    F10 Mute the sound coming from the speakers or headphone port
    F11, F12 Decrease or increase volume from speakers or headphone port
    Check the rear vent

    1. Look at the back of the computer with the display closed. You should be able to see the spacing of the vent fins just below the display hinge.
    2. Compare the computer's vent to Figures 3 and 4 below. The MacBook (13-inch Late 2007) has much wider spacing between the vent fins than the previous MacBook computers.

    Figure 3 MacBook (13-inch Late 2007)

    Figure 4 Previous MacBook computers

    Where to find the serial number

    To find the serial number use the information in this article:
  2. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    Do you realise that those images are covered by copyright, do you have Apple's permission to post them here?
  3. thies macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
  4. iBecks macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    Do you want the number? :confused:
  5. shov macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2006
    Where's the numlock key and number pad in those photos?

  6. njp142 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Rockville, MD
    awesome they changed the vents - that helped a lot for the heat of the C2D MBPs
  7. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    Yea, what is the number for 911?

    And to the numberpad guy... good call, where is that button? I mean, i never use it, and find the slanted number pad really difficult to use to boot... but they shouldn't have removed it just cuz.
  8. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    They removed it because it's now the same as the Apple keyboards (like the one I am typing on right now. I have the wireless one and would actually prefer it if my MacBook had the same keyboard if just for consistency.
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Looks like the MacBook finally got the huge vents.
  10. nineteentwelve macrumors regular

    May 31, 2007
    Shrewsbury, UK
    I for one won't miss the number pad, as I've never used it in the four years I've owned both the iBook and my current MacBook. Nice to see the vents saw an upgrade too.
  11. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    Score, I hate the number pad overlayed on the keys, looks awful and is very hard to use
    Im glad its more like the Apple Keyboards now

    And oh, thanks for this guide, tr
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Just improper linking of a published article, though Apple doesn't go as nuts as the Washington Postal does.
  13. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    If I plugged a new apple keyboard into a revision A Core Duo iMac, would my expose and Dashboard keys automatically change to F3 and F4?

    It's kind of annoying having to press alt or option to get the expose desktop view feature, or the show all active program windows feature. I liked the F9 F10 F11 mapping better. Apple should've stayed consistent with that, although I'm sure it's better now for brand new users. I suppose that's why they put Expose and Spaces into the Applications folder.
  14. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    I wonder if the screws at the back stay in now? Also you can use F5 and F6 to replace on the old keyboards F10 and F11 if you wish.
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    That's interesting to me also... I wonder if a teardown will reveal anything else interesting about the innards / mechanics of the new MacBooks....
  16. amrk47 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2007
    if for some reason my computer goes to applecare, they might give me those new vents if for some reason they change the casing

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