Today in Apple history: 13-inch MacBook Pro makes power more portable

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Did you own the 2009-era MacBook Pro?
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xJune 8, 2009: Apple promotes its 13-inch MacBook to join the MacBook Pro family, adding a speed bump, new FireWire 800 port, the first SD card slot on a MacBook, improved LED-backlit screen, and backlit keyboard across all models.

Coming the year after Apple radically upgraded its MacBooks with a new aluminum unibody design, the update is more about evolution than revolution. But it still makes for a pretty darn great laptop!

A Pro-verhaul

Although standard across Apple’s devices today, the unibody aluminum design was cutting-edge in 2009. It replaced the white plastic of previous MacBooks, which borrowed from the visual look and feel of the iPod.

The push to divide the MacBook clearly into two lines, with the Pro products on one side and the Air on the other, became a necessity when Apple introduced the MacBook Air in 2008. (It’s also the sort of simplified naming convention that Apple seems to be moving away from again.)

In terms of specs, the 2009-era 13-inch MacBook Pro boasted an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo processor with a choice of 2.26 GHz or 2.53 GHz processor, choice of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 160GB or 250GB hard disk. Graphics came courtesy of an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated GPU.

The display brought considerably improvements in terms of color gamut and visibility across different viewing angles.

Best of all, the new laptop offered these improvements while boasting 40 percent longer battery life, thanks to a new built-in lithium polymer battery

In a break from Apple’s current practices, the laptop also received a price cut — despite its new “Pro” title. On launch, the 2009 13-inch MacBook Pro started at $1,199 and ran up to $1,499. Today, you can pick one up on eBay for a couple hundred bucks. With the right patches, it can just about manage the current macOS.

Did you own this laptop? What was your first MacBook (or older Apple laptop) model? Leave your comments below.

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  • Ray Upton

    I own one! Got it for Father’s Day in 2009. I used it daily for 3 years, then passed it to my middle son who used it for his last 2 years of high school. He then passed it on to his younger brother who used it for his last 2 years of high school. Last year, it was passed back to me. I replaced the HDD with an SSD, replaced the battery and upgraded the RAM to 8GB and use it every day! I would love to have a new MacBook Pro, but this thing runs so well I just can’t bring myself to spend the cash to upgrade.

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  • Tail Finz

    I love mine and use it almost every day since 2009. Increased the RAM to 8gb and but a 1 terabyte SSD in it a couple of years ago. I hope I never have to switch it for anything, it is flawless.