MacBook 4, 2 (Polycarbonate Model, Late 2008)

The MacBook 4, 2 – 13-inches, Aluminum, released in October 2008 included many of the features of the higher-end MacBook Pro (15-inches, Late 2008), announced at the same time. In addition to the new aluminum unibody enclosure, this MacBook was equipped with a faster graphics chipset, a faster bus, and a glass-covered clickable Multi-Touch trackpad. The trackpad supported two, three, and four-finger gestures. The high-end model featured a backlit keyboard, a first for the MacBook line. Notably absent was a FireWire port, a MacBook mainstay since 2000. This model was shipped in two configurations: 2.0 GHz/2 GB RAM/160 GB HD and 2.4GHz/backlit keyboard/2 GB RAM/250 GB HD.

MacBook 4, 2 (Polycarbonate Model, Late 2008)

Introduction: October 14, 2008.


  • Processor: 2.1 GHz. Intel Core 2 Duo (T8100).
  • Front Size Bus: 800 MHz.
  • Memory: 1 GB (two 512 MB) 667 MHz PC2-5300. Expandable to 6 GB (4 GB supported by Apple).
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB. Optional 160 GB or 250 GB.
  • Internal Slot-loading Super-Drive: 4× DVD+R DL writes, 8× DVD±R read, 4× DVD±RW writes, 24× CD-R, and 10x CD-RW recording.
  • OS: Latest Possible Operating System – OS X 10.7 Lion.
  • Display: 13.3-inch glossy widescreen LCD, 1280 × 800 pixel resolution (WXGA, 16:10 = 8:5 aspect ratio).
  • Graphics: Intel GMA X3100 using 144 MB RAM (up to 384 MB available in Windows through Boot Camp).
  • Connectivity: Integrated Airport Extreme 802.11a/b/g/n (draft-n enabled). Gigabit Ethernet. Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR.
  • Peripherals: 2 × USB 2.0. 1 × Firewire 400. 1 × Optical digital / analog audio line-in. 1 × Optical digital / analog audio line-out.
  • Camera: iSight Camera (640 × 480 0.3 MP).
  • Video out: Mini DVI.
  • Battery: 55-watt-hour removable lithium-polymer.
  • Average Weight: 5 lb.
  • Dimensions: 1.08 in (Height) × 12.78 in (Width) × 8.92 in (Depth).

Basic Features of this MacBook Model

  • Built-in microphone: You can capture sounds with the microphone (located to the left of the iSight camera) or talk with friends live over broadband using the included iChat AV application.
  • Built-in iSight camera and camera indicator light: You can videoconference with others using iChat AV, take pictures with Photo Booth, or capture video with iMovie ‘08. The indicator light glows when the iSight camera is operating.
  • Built-in stereo speakers: You can also listen to music, movies, games, and multimedia files.
  • Battery: Run the MacBook using battery power when you are away from a power outlet. Removing the battery gives you access to the memory in your MacBook.
  • Trackpad and trackpad button: Move the pointer with one finger on the trackpad, or scroll with two fingers. Tap the trackpad to click or double-click a selection.
  • Sleep indicator light: A white light pulses when the MacBook is in sleep.
  • Infrared (IR) receiver: You can use an optional Apple Remote (sold separately) with the IR receiver to control Front Row and Keynote on your MacBook from up to thirty feet away.
  • Slot-loading optical drive: Your optical drive can read standard-size CD and DVD discs and write to CDs. If you have a SuperDrive, you can also write to DVD discs.
  • Power button: Turn your MacBook on or off, or put it to sleep. Hold down to restart your MacBook during troubleshooting.
  • Function (fn) key: Hold down this key to activate customized actions assigned to the function keys (F1 to F12). To learn how to customize function keys, choose Help > Mac Help from the menu bar and search for function keys.
  • Brightness controls (F1, F2): Increase or decrease the brightness of the screen.
  • Exposé All Windows key (F3): This key opens Exposé for quick access to all your open windows.
  • Dashboard key (F4): This key opens Dashboard to access your widgets.
  • Media controls (F7, F8, F9): Rewind, play or pause, or fast-forwarda song, movie, or slideshow.
  • Mute control (F10): Mute the sound coming from the built-in speakers and headphone port.
  • Volume controls (F11, F12): Increase or decrease the volume of the sound coming from the built-in speaker or headphone port.
  • Media Eject key: Hold down this key to eject a disc. You can also eject a disc by dragging its desktop icon to the Trash.
  • 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-DVI (video out) port: This port allows you to connect to an external display, projection device, or TV that uses a DVI, VGA, composite, or S-video connector. Depending on the type of external device you’re connecting to, you can use a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, a Mini-DVI to VGA adapter, or a Mini-DVI to Video adapter, all sold separately.
  • FireWire 400 port: To connect high-speed external devices, such as digital video cameras and storage devices.
  • Two USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports: To connect a modem, iPod, iPhone, mouse, keyboard, printer, digital camera, and more to your MacBook. You can connect one high-powered external USB device. You can also connect USB 1.1 devices.
  • Audio in/optical digital audio in port: To connect your MacBook to a line-level microphone or digital audio equipment.
  • Headphone out/optical digital audio out port: To connect external speakers, headphones, or digital audio equipment.
  • Security slot: Attach a lock and cable (available at to prevent theft.

Apple Model, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model: MB402/B.

Discontinuation: June 2009.

Prices: This model was shipped in two configurations: 2.0 GHz/2 GB RAM/160 GB HD – US$1299, and 2.4GHz/backlit keyboard/2 GB RAM/250 GB HD – US$1599.


  • The MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) included a faster graphics chipset, a faster bus, and a glass-covered clickable Multi-Touch trackpad, which supported two, three, and four-finger gestures. The high-end model featured a backlit keyboard, a first for the MacBook line. Notably absent from the MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) was a FireWire port.
  • Built-to-order options of MacBook 4, 2 Late 2008 included a 320 GB hard drive, and a 128 GB solid-state drive.


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MacBook 4,1(early 2008) Upgrade. Video uploaded by Blake Ellis on November 28, 2012. Took a four year old 2.1ghz MacBook Core 2 Duo and upgraded with 4GB RAM and a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD. Running Lion now and pretty snappy performance.


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