At first glance it doesn’t look like much but this thing is a reference design of the first 13-inch MacBook. Remember those from 2006?
Looking through the Flickr collection of bits and pieces from Jim Abeles, you can see lots of stickers and stampings that prove this is most definitely a development kit allowing engineers easy access to every and any component. Heck, the Intel proc even says “Secret” on it.
They certainly don’t make em like they used to! [Flickr via Cult of Mac via Reddit]
Apple is making quite a few quiet announcements today. Earlier it introduced a new stripped down $229 fifth-gen iPod touch to replace the fourth-gen touch and also announced 100M iPod touches sold to date. Apple has also now made a change to its education pricing on non Retina MacBook Pros by dropping the $1099 entry level price point to $999. That makes the price of the device $200 cheaper than Apple charges to non education customers.
Apple has not yet made an official announcement, but several 9to5 readers noticed the pricing change early this morning. The second up 2.9GHz MacBook Pro is also now selling for $1,299($200 off retail compared to the $100 off most models are available for).