Although Apple found that it wasn’t necessary to issue an official report confirming recent hardware upgrades to its popular, 13-inch, polycarbonate MacBook, the company did post a document online pointing out to newly added support for audio and video output via its Mini DisplayPort, enabling users to connect to an HDMI HDTV using a cable, or adapter.
Support document HT4167, entitled “MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010): External ports and connectors,” aims to inform customers about the available ports and connectors on the new MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010). The Mac maker shows a picture of the device with the side housing the connectors blown up for a better view. Below the image, a table is provided with the names of the ports (left side, back to front) and what each of them does (reproduced below).
MagSafe power port – Plug in the included 60W MagSafe Power Adapter to recharge the MacBook battery.
Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000Base-T) – Connect to a high-speed Ethernet network, a DSL or cable modem, or another computer. The Ethernet port automatically detects Ethernet devices and doesn’t require an Ethernet crossover cable.
Mini DisplayPort (video out) – Connect to an external display, projection device, or TV that uses a DVI, HDMI (audio and video)1 or VGA connector with a separate adapter. You can purchase adapters for supported video formats from Apple.
Two high-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports – Connect a modem, iPod, iPhone, mouse, keyboard, printer, disk drive, digital camera, joystick, and more to your MacBook. You can also connect USB 1.1 devices.
Audio out port – Connect external speakers, headphones (including iPhone), or digital audio equipment to use a line-level microphone or analog equipment. Specify the audio line in functionality using Sound system preferences.
Security Slot – Attach a lock and cable (available separately) to prevent theft.
Softpedia reported yesterday that Apple had quietly updated the offerings on its web store with a new-model MacBook. Still a base configuration, the device retains the 2GB of standard memory, but gains a higher clocked CPU – 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo), and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics with 256MB of memory (shared). The device also features an improved LED-backlit display, and ships with the newly introduced AC adapter.
Before the device was confirmed, our site reported that Vietnam was again the source of an Apple leak – particularly, the new MacBook model. On May 17th, Vietnamese forum Tinhte.com posted images and a video of a yet-unreleased MacBook computer. The system became available for immediate purchase the next day.