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How Does Apple Manufacture Their MacBook?
By: Joe Eitel
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    2009-06-10

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    How Does Apple Manufacture Their MacBook? - Unibody


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    As mentioned, the unibody is one single item that contains all of the internal components of the MacBook. In order to produce a single shell the size of a laptop, Apple determined (logically) that they had to start with a single block of material the size of a laptop. The material they settled on was aluminum, citing its favorable strength-to-weight ratio. Every new MacBook starts as a hunk of aluminum sitting on a production line.

    The key to machining a brick of aluminum into a sleek and powerful computing machine lies in absolute precision and absolutely no margin for error. In order to achieve this, Apple is relying on Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. These mills are the same machining tools that NASA relies on to develop the most critical of their control mechanisms in space flights. By using such advanced and precise technology, Apple is able to ensure that every single MacBook is literally identical, down to the smallest micron.

    In addition to the ultra precise CNC milling process, Apple also uses the most modern technology in lasers as well as water jets for cutting. There is a really neatvideoonline that was released by Apple, which details the whole manufacturing process. If you are curious, you should take a look and see first hand how the machines do their work.

    The work that goes into the MacBook is so extensive and precise that the Vice President of Design for Apple claims that he finds the machined interior of the unibody to be more beautiful than the aesthetic exterior that Macís supporters have grown to love. Although not everyone will agree that a relatively rough and unfinished look can compare with the sleek and glossy vision for which Apple has become known, the fact remains that the process required to manufacture the new MacBook is very impressive.

    In a further effort to reduce the size of the MacBook, Apple decided to use new LED technologies in the display. This cuts down on the space that would be required in the display by LCD technology by 30 percent. The display also does not rely on any kind of frame on its front, as every single other laptop does. Instead, the display is a seamless piece of glass that protects the LED display while perfectly preserving the quality of the image. The result is very impressive and looks very similar to the awe- inspiring display for which the iPhone and iTouch became famous.

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