Is this a Powerbook/Macbook Pro prototype?

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  1. jpo287 macrumors member

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    I recently bought a Macbook Pro for parts. It was actually listed as a Powerbook but the specs stated it had an intel processor and I could clearly see the camera above the lcd in the picture so I just assumed the seller was confused/wrong. When it arrived though, it clearly had a Powerbook logo on the lcd cover. The odd thing is that the logo is finished just like the Macbook Pro logo. That is to say, it has a chrome/metallic finish as opposed to being printed on. In addition, the botton of the top case (keyboard assembly) also says Powerbook. I looked the serial number up and it has a build date of Nov. of 2005 which is 7 months before the first MBP's shipped.

    The specs are: 2.16 DUO (shows up as 1.83 though), ATI with 256MB memory and it has a glossy screen.

    I am pretty sure this is a prototype which is not really a big deal but I am confused about the logo/name.

    Is this really a Powerbook with an Intel processor? Did Apple start off keeping the Powerbook name with the Intel processors and then change their mind? Does anyone have any history of the Intel transition?

    Here are a few pics that might help:

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  2. thewireman macrumors regular

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    Its a property of Microsoft...

    J/K but NICE FIND!

    By the way, I've notice that it has an iSight and Powerbook never gotten one. This is really special find. For sure. Just like that Prototype Macbook Air.

    Also, Under Powerbook name never had Intels.
     
  3. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    That has to be a prototype. There's no explanation for the powerbook logo + isight camera on the same bezel.

    Plus the label on the superdrive.

    Nice find. How much did you pay for it?
     
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    Apple tried putting a G5 processor in the powerbook but that resulted in a machine with less performance per watt. I believe that's when they started to look elsewhere and ended up looking into intel processors. This could have been (probably is) one of those first machines they tested with an intel processor.

    I am sure the name "powerbook" was probably one of the last things they changed about it, and that is why your prototype still has powerbook written on it. They wanted to make sure they had a capable machine before they even thought of changing its name.
     
  6. jpo287 thread starter macrumors member

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    it uses DDR2 memory. It really looks exactly like the early MBP. The only difference I can find is it is called a Powerbook still.
     
  7. thewireman macrumors regular

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    I agree....
     
  8. TheSandman2236 macrumors 6502

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    Holy **** this is awesome, very nice find. Can you get it up and running with screen shots of the specs etc? :apple:
     
  9. jpo287 thread starter macrumors member

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    That makes sense but why would they change the "look" of the icon or name if they weren't planning on keeping the name.
     
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    Wow... that is actually quite awesome and could probably be worth something.

    A sort of PowerBook/MBP hybrid...
    *gasp*... A PowerBook G5... !
     
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    I'm actually using it right now. Here's a quick screen shot

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    Here's one more showing the Powerbook name on the bottom of the top case. My other MBP ( it's an early 1.83 DUO as well) only has the FCC legal stuff there - no name whatsoever.

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    Thought I might call the local Apple store tomorrow.
     
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    Why call Apple?

    I don't know about the legal ramifications of possessing an Apple prototype, but make sure, that by contacting Apple, you will not get into trouble.
     
  17. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    He obtained it through a legitimate sale. If anyone would get in trouble it'd be the guy that ripped it off from Apple in the first place. Probably gone or moved into a different department now.
     
  18. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Just to confirm that it is a prototype I ran the serial # through a decoder and got nothing.

    Really nice find. How much did you pay for it? You could probably get $1500 or more.

    FYI, a few months someone posted here and discovered that their MBP had a prototype AirPort card in it. The logic board was green and it said "Apple Development Team" somewhere.
     
  19. jpo287 thread starter macrumors member

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    pics

    I'll try to get some more tomorrow. It may be late though as my wife is expecting (past due actually) and we could get stuck at the doctors/hospital.
     
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    Congrats dude!
     
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  22. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    wow your getting lucky all over the place (pun intended :) ) wanna tell me the next lotto numbers?
     
  23. Peace macrumors P6

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    seems weird to me.Somethings not right with this.
     

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  24. jpo287 thread starter macrumors member

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    I found a decoder online (German site I think) and it said it was built in Nov of 2005 and was the first built that week at China plant #8 or something like that - W8546001UTM
     
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    Can't she wait until you confirmed the MBP's status? Priorities, Priorities, Priorities.

    Just kidding, good luck to your wife and you giving birth. It's quite an experience. And don't forget about the epidural.
     

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