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The MacBook is Apple's third laptop computer family, introduced in 2006. Prior laptops were the PowerBook and iBook. In 2015, new MacBooks featured Apple's Retina Display and higher resolutions, as well as the Force Touch trackpad that senses different pressure levels. By the end of 2016, all MacBooks used solid state drives (SSDs).

MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro was the first Mac laptop to use Intel CPUs, and the Pro line offers the fastest processors and largest screens (see MacBook Pro). In 2020, Apple replaced the Intel CPU with its own M1 chip (see Apple M1).

The Non-Pro, Non-Air MacBook
The "just plain" MacBook is Apple's entry-level laptop. Debuting in 2007, it was dropped in 2011 only to be resurrected thinner and lighter in 2015 with a USB-C port for both charging and connectivity (see USB Type C).

MacBook Air
Launched in 2008, the Air's touchpad added gesture-based multitouch introduced on the iPhone. In 2018, the Air added a high-res Retina Display, Touch ID and USB-C ports. The Air without the Retina Display screen was the entry-level laptop until 2015. See Macintosh Portable, PowerBook, iBook and Mac computer.
CURRENT MACBOOK MODELS       SSD     Max      Screen   M1   Storage   RAM  Weight        Size  Chip   (GB)     (GB)  (lbs)Pro      16"  Max  1024-8192   64   4.8
 Pro      16"  Pro  1024-8192   64   4.7
 Pro      16"  Pro   512-8192   64   4.7

 Pro      14"  Max  1024-8192   64   3.5
 Pro      14"  Pro   512-8192   32   3.5

 Pro TB   13"  M1    256-2048   16   3.0

 Air      13"        256-2048   16   2.8

 MacBook  12"        256-512    16   2.0

  TB = Touch Bar

From PowerBook to MacBook
The processing power in the 2016 MacBook (right) is nearly seven million times greater than the first Mac PowerBook laptop in 1991. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)
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Oman Air is the latest airline to join Etihad and other airlines to ban the check-in of Apple MacBook Pro laptop.
The tweet said," In view of the advisory by DGCA regarding the transportation of affected lithium batteries by Air, we request our Passengers not to carry 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro ( passengers were requested to not carry their 15-inch MacBook Pros as checked in or hand baggage) as checked-in or hand baggage"
Dubai: Following a safety-related recall of certain Apple MacBook Pro notebook models, Etihad Airways has banned the carrying of these laptops in checked luggage.
"After the recall of a number of older generation 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptops due to fears that their batteries may overheat and pose a safety risk, DGCA requests passengers not to fly with affected models either as hand-baggage or checked-in baggage until the battery has been certified as safe or replaced by the manufacturer," the statement by DGCA read.
"The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple Macbook Pro laptops," the agency's spokesman said in an emailed statement, adding that the agency has "alerted airlines about the recall".
"Please note that the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop, sold between mid-2015 to February-2017 is prohibited on board any of our mandate carriers," a TCE operations coordinator wrote to employees.
"The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops," a spokesman for the agency said on Monday.
On Tuesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration ( announced that they issued a banning order on some of the Apple MacBook Pro series.
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The ministry has urged all customers to report any violations through the call centre: 16001, e-mail: [email protected] , Twitter: @MEC_Qatar, Instagram: MEC_Qatar and the mobile app for Android and iOS: MEC_Qatar Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro models recalled The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC), in collaboration with Ali Bin Ali, dealer of Apple in Qatar, has announced the recall of a number of Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro models of 2015, 2016 and 2017 due to the malfunction of character functions in the keyboard.