In a theoretical world.. (GPU in MB)

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  1. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

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    Why didn't Apple include a discrete GPU in the MacBook line back when there was a black MB available? (2006-2008) Unless there is something I'm missing, such as a space issue, they could have put in a Radeon HD 2400XT, just like in the iMac, which was their consumer-grade desktop, maybe as a BTO option. This is not future speculation, just a question on what could have been. If the MacBook had this graphics processor, would it have boosted sales by Apple being able to boast that it's entry-level portable had discrete graphics?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Heat and power consumption. Two things that the Blackbooks had/have a hard time keeping under control. Adding a better GPU would have pushed it too far.
     
  3. Quad 2.5 G5 =) thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Was this specific to BlackBooks, or any version of MBs in general?
     
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  5. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    While I can't speak for the battery life, my MacBook doesn't get very hot at all, at least compared to my PowerBook. It stays much cooler by comparison, even when I push it.

    I've noticed that plenty of my friends with MacBooks also get considerably better battery life than the PowerBook/iBook lines.
     

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