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Modbook Pro resurrects hacked Apple laptop 'tablet' line

updated 09:10 pm EDT, Thu June 28, 2012

Pricing, distributors, service vendor details in early fall

As previously reported, a new line of Modbooks was announced today. Re-born after a two-year absence, the ex-Axiotron Modbook line has been refreshed under new ownership with the Modbook Pro. The Modbook Pro takes a factory-standard 13-inch MacBook Pro, removes most of its case and adds a Wacom pen interface with 512 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, along with a ForceGlass screen.

The ModBook Pro's base system includes a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor, or a 2.9Ghz dual core i7 processor, a minimum of 8GB of RAM a 2.5-inch SATA storage device, a 8x SuperDrive DVD burner, the Intel HD 4000 graphics chipset, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt, a SDXC card slot, and a single USB 3.0 port. Power is still provided by an Apple-standard 60W Magsafe adapter. Boot Camp functionality, allowing multiple non-OS X operating system installations, remains unaffected by the modification.

The second USB port normally available on the 13" MacBook Pro is utilized by the Wacom pen interface and unavailable to the user. The stock MacBook Pro FaceTime camera, previously known as an iSight, was available in the previous revision of this product based on the non-unibody MacBook, but has been removed for this iteration. The keyboard, trackpad, and much of the original case has also been removed.

The modification process nullifies Apple's warranty, so a one-year warranty is provided by authorized Modbook service centers, which will be announced closer to the early fall product launch. No pricing has been disclosed.



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  1. facebook_Ron

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    Retina Modbook

    Too bad there won't be a Retina Modbook, if what I'm reading about the Retina MacBook is true.
    Apparently everything inside is either glued or soldered together. Not upgradable means not convertible to Modbook.
    Oh, but if it were possible.....

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