Apple MacBook Pro “Core 2 Duo” 2.4gHz 15 inch (Unibody) A1286 Specs

The new Macbook Pro unibody designs offered a completely new class of Laptop.15 inch Macbook Pro unibody  Like the Intel iMac, the Macbook Pro was redesigned to incorporate a “Glass” covered TFT screen with black surround and now features an easy access hard drive/ battery bay Combo and “easy” removable bottom cover plate for access to memory slots. The sleek, slim design,  underpins development of a new type of case that has been milled from a single block of Aluminium and a new motherboard, incorporating a faster bus and faster memory.  Like the previous early 2008 Macbook Pro, the system is powered by Penryn Core2Duo Processors, although these are again of slightly different design.

New Trackpad:  The Unibody Macbook introduces a new trackpad that is 5 inches diagonal and provides multi touch gestures, “four finger” gestures and programmable “zones”.


The Unibody Apple MacBook Pro “Core 2 Duo” 2.4 15-Inch (Late 2008)  features a 45 nm “Penryn” 2.4 GHz Intel “Core 2 Duo” processor (P8600), with two independent processor “cores” on a single silicon chip. Unlike the previous (early 2008) Penryn Macbooks, which featured a 6MB level 2 Cache, this newer processor incorporates a 3 MB shared “on chip” level 2 cache. However, it is based upon a faster 1066 MHz frontside bus, 2 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500) installed in pairs (two 1 GB modules), a 250 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL “SuperDrive”.

Video & Graphics:

The original Unibody Macbook Pro features dual graphics processors comprising an NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR3 SDRAM and a NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The screen consists of an LED-backlit 15.4″ widescreen TFT active-matrix “glossy” display (1440×900 native resolution). It also supports “1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.

The Macbook supports an exteranl display with a resolution of up to 2560×1600.  It offers both mirrored and extended desktop display modes.


The Original Unibody Macbook Pro supports 1066 MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM. Apple originally stated that the laptop could address 4 gigabytes of ram (2 x 2GB SDRAM DIMMS).  However, users soon discovered that the Macbook could address 6 gigabytes.  If updated to Boot ROM Version MBP51.007E.B05 and running MacOS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard.”, this Macbook will support a total of 8 gigabytes ram.

Memory upgrade guide available here.


Connectivity includes an ExpressCard/34 slot, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports, one Firewire “800″ port, optical digital/analog audio in/out, and a new “Mini DisplayPort” that supports an external display at 2560×1600.

Introduction Date: October 14, 2008 Discontinued Date: June 8, 2009
Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Geekbench: 3261/3634*
Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Processor Type: Core 2 Duo (P8600)
Custom Speeds: N/A Architecture: 64-Bit
Processor Upgrade: Soldered FPU: Integrated
System Bus Speed: 1066 MHz Cache Bus Speed: 2.4 GHz (Built-in)
ROM/Firmware Type: EFI EFI Architecture: 64-Bit
L1 Cache: 32k/32k L2/L3 Cache: 3 MB (on chip)
RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 Min. RAM Speed: 1066 MHz
Standard RAM: 2 GB Maximum RAM: 8 GB*
Motherboard RAM: None RAM Slots: 2
Video Card: GeForce 9600M GT* VRAM Type: GDDR3*
Standard VRAM: 256 MB* Maximum VRAM: 256 MB*
Built-in Display: 15.4″ Widescreen Native Resolution: 1440×900
2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring 2nd Max. Resolution: 2560×1600
Standard Hard Drive: 250 GB (5400 RPM) Int. HD Interface: Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Standard Optical: 8X DL “SuperDrive” Standard Disk: None
Details: Apple reports that this slot-loading “SuperDrive” drive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of “8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW” and a maximum read speed of “8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD”.
Standard Modem: None Standard Ethernet: 10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort: 802.11a/b/g/n Standard Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
USB Ports: 2 (2.0) Firewire Ports: 1 (800)
Details: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports, one 800-Mbps Firewire “800″ port.
Expansion Slots: ExpressCard/34 Expansion Bays: None
Incl. Keyboard: Full-size Incl. Input: Trackpad (4 Finger)
Case Type: Notebook Form Factor: MacBook Pro (Unibody)
Apple Order No: MB470LL/A Apple Subfamily: Late 2008
Apple Model No: A1286 (EMC 2255) Model ID: MacBookPro5,1
Battery Type: 50 W h Li-Poly Battery Life: 5 Hours
Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.5 (9F2114) Maximum MacOS: X 10.8
Minimum Windows: XP SP2 (32-Bit)* Maximum Windows: 7 (64-Bit)**
MacOS 9 Support: None Windows Support: Boot/Virtualization
Dimensions: 0.95 x 14.35 x 9.82 Avg. Weight: 5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)