MacBook For Dummies,
Whether you're a PC convert or a seasoned Apple enthusiast, this book helps you get the most of your magnificent MacBook! Mark L. Chambers has been an author, computer consultant, BBS sysop, programmer, and hardware technician for over 30 years. Mark has written more than thirty computer books including Macs For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition, and iMac For Dummies, 9th Edition .
MacBook For Dummies,
Hey, It Really Does Have Everything I Need
IN THIS CHAPTER
Identifying the important parts of your Mac laptop
Comparing the different MacBook models
Finding the best location for your computer
Unpacking, plugging in stuff, and getting hooked up
Playing with your bundled software
Buying additional stuff you might need
Most action films have one scene in common: I call it "gearing up," because the good guys strap on their equipment in preparation for battle. (The era doesn't matter: You see "gearing up" scenes in Gladiator, Aliens, and virtually every movie Arnold has made.) You're sure to see lots of clicking straps and equipping of offensive weapons (and sometimes even a dash of war paint). The process usually takes a minute or so, all told with whiplash camera work and stirring martial music in the background.
Well, fellow Mac road warrior, it takes only two seconds and one move - closing the lid - for you to gear up. That's because your MacBook is a self-contained world, providing virtually all the essentials you'll find on a desktop iMac or Mac mini. This is indeed the second "decade of the laptop," meshing nicely with your smartphone and that wireless connection at your local coffee shop. You have selected the right companion for the open road.
Unlike Apple's other designs, such as the Mac mini, the Mac Pro and the iMac, your MacBook looks like a PC laptop running Windows. (In fact, an Intel-based Mac laptop can run Windows if you absolutely must.) But your laptop holds a number of pleasant surprises that no PC laptop or tablet can offer - and, with the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, you'll lose pounds and inches from your chassis! In this chapter, I introduce you to the hardware and all the major parts of the machine. You even find out how to unpack and connect your computer. And, as frosting on the cake, I preview the software of which Apple is so proud, as well as the accessories you should buy now rather than later.
Welcome to your Mac laptop, good reader. Gear up!
An Overview of Your Mac Laptop
Sure, your MacBook Pro might be about half an inch thin (a MacBook is even more svelte than that - I get to that later in the chapter), but a lot of superb design lives inside. You encounter the same parts you'd find in a desktop machine. In the following sections, I discuss those important parts - both the stuff you can see and the stuff shoehorned within.
FEELING OUTDATED? NEVER!
Are you using an older MacBook? It seems that Apple's product line changes every time you tear a page from your 12-month calendar. In addition, every new generation of laptops includes new whiz-bang features. Sometimes you can add those features separately to your older machine, such as an external video camera, but you can't update some things, such as your MacBook's motherboard. Sigh.
Here's my take on this situation: If your older laptop does what you need at a pace you can accept, there's no need to upgrade it.
Skeptical? Here's the proof: Before my upgrade to a MacBook Air, yours truly was lugging around a pristine iBook G3, which booted macOS Tiger and did absolutely everything I demanded. (A little more patience was required, certainly, but technology authors are simply brimming with patience.) The moral: Avoid upgrade fever unless you really need a new companion.
If you're the proud owner of an older MacBook, as long as it can run macOSmacOS High Sierra you can still enjoy this book and discover new tips and tricks from it. Unless the current breed of Intel-based Mac laptops has a feature you absolutely can't use on your mature MacBook (such as Thunderbolt 3 support), you can sail on with your current computer, fiercely proud of The Bitten Apple that appears on the cove