updated 10:05 pm EDT, Wed October 3, 2012
Factory-standard MacBook Pro altered for tablet form factor
As expected, preorders for the tablet-enabled Modbook Pro have commenced The full-conversion of a 13-inch MacBook Pro can be reserved for $500, with a final price of $3,499. The ModBook pro sports a 2.5GHz or 2.9Ghz processor, up to 16GB of RAM, a screen and stylus with 512 discrete pressure levels, and up to 480GB of SSD storage.
The purchasing of the system is a four-step process. Each step requires specific authorization by the purchaser to continue. The first step is the Modbook Pro Build Kit which includes the enclosure, pen tablet digitizer, and LCD panel. Step two is the authorization of Modbook, Inc to act as the purchaser's agent to procure a MacBook Pro computer for the build. Step three gives explicit permission for the build-to-order technicians to make the modifications on the Apple hardware to allow fitting into the custom enclosure. The fourth step discusses and forces the user to acknowledge that the modification process voids the Apple warranty on the purchased hardware, and informs the user that Modbook, Inc will provide the user with a one-year warranty.
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.