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  • Here's What We Know About the New MacBook Pros


    With the veil over the new MacBook Pro apparently set to be lifted in just a few short hours, there's been a flurry of posts from of images of the new machines.

    Today there's been a few shots posted of the left side of the new notebook, showing similar ports to the 2010 MacBook Pro, but most notably featured is the new Thunderbolt port which almost everybody at this point expects to be the inclusion of Intel's LightPeak technology.

    It seems like the notebooks are running a new build of Mac OS X 10.6.6, Build 10J3210. This is a mildly different build than the current one for MacBook Pros, which leads us, and most of the tech world to believe that Apple is implementing Intel's Sandy Bridge Architechture.

    The new computers are also shipping with a new version of FaceTime, version 1.0. It is unknown if any significant changes have been made to the software at this point.

    We expect all the machines to be using Intel Core processors this time around. That means we'll most likely see a Core i3 or i5 for the 13 inch, and i5 and i7 for the 15 and 17 inch models. Of course, all of this should be explicitly revealed tomorrow. Until then, happy rumoring.

    Source:
    9to5Mac
    [ame="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1101148"]MacRumors[/ame]
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Here's What We Know About the New MacBook Pros started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Slightly off topic I know but out of interest, how much would be a reasonable price to sell my MacBook Pro?
      Bought September 2009 but in Mint Condition
      Unibody 15" Display
      2.66Ghz Core 2 Duo 3MB L2 Cache
      8GB RAM 1066Mhz (2x4GB)
      nVidia GeForce 9400M + 9400GT 256MB
      320GB 5400rpm HDD
      8x SuperDrive
      2xUSB, 1xFireWire 800, 1xMiniDisplay Port, SD Card Slot, 1GB Ethernet, Wifi-N, Audio I/O, iSight
      Battery Health 96% (Gets about 5.5-6 Hours of non-CPU intensive work from a full charge)

      Quote Originally Posted by iSteed View Post
      I don't even have one yet but I'm thinking tomorrow I will....... Anyway. Correct me if I'm wrong but let's say a windows machine and a Mac have comparable specs... For instance, 4 gigs of memory... I'm sure I'm exaggerating but the windows machine will use 3 gigs of that memory just to run the operating system where as iOS, on Mac machines, is much more efficient and there is more memory for you...and that's just one example.... I can't tell you how many times I've " cleaned" my Sony so it will run smoother and not lock up... I am willing now to pay more for a smooth and efficient machine... Anyone: I have 14 inch vaio, w7, i3, 500g, 4g mem. For sale... Ha ha
      Depends on the version of Windows, but none will use anywhere near 3GB for just the OS. Mac's use Mac OS X, not iOS too btw I find that when I boot up my MacBook Pro that about 700MB is deducted from my "free" RAM if that helps answer your question
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Depends on the version of Windows, but none will use anywhere near 3GB for just the OS. Mac's use Mac OS X, not iOS too btw I find that when I boot up my MacBook Pro that about 700MB is deducted from my "free" RAM if that helps answer your question
      Your right.... OS X... Sorry. And yes I was exaggerating on the OS memory use only to make a point...lol
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Not believing the rumors til I physically see them. But, I gots to get me one of the new one's!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Still hoping for serious graphics cards! My 9400GT just doesn't cut it with today's games
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I need an upgrade! Only they add a better graphics card...this doesn't cut it yet. At least I have a PC.
    1. Radex's Avatar
      Radex -
      Well, I intend to buy a high-end 15". The last I used a Mac was six years ago, heh. Hopefully, it is a somewhat decent improvement over the previous generation (2010).

      I probably should wait for the Back to School event, but assuming it is the usual get a free iPod Touch, then I can sacrifice that for the benefit of getting the Macbook Pro now.

      Annnnnnd... Hopefully, they will update the website tomorrow for the new Macbooks lol...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      mispost
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Notice the box doesn't say anything about a 16GB SSD for the boot drive. That would be a massive let down... or possibly a factory upgrade option?...
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Notice the box doesn't say anything about a 16GB SSD for the boot drive. That would be a massive let down... or possibly a factory upgrade option?...
      Yes your right. I agree that would be a huge let down if it's not standard on all of them
    1. Bruno615's Avatar
      Bruno615 -
      Anyone know if I will be able to buy one at midnight?
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bruno615 View Post
      Anyone know if I will be able to buy one at midnight?
      I would say there is a safe bet that if the MBP is updated on Thursday you probably have a very good chance of being able to order around midnight or shortly after midnight Pacific Time. (Apple Online Store usually goes down for around 30 minutes prior to a new product or edit to the store)
    1. Nielsenius's Avatar
      Nielsenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      The picture is a FAKE. Just look at the label on the box that says "2.3 GHz". I highly doubt Apple is downgrading processors now...

      Someone used photoshop on this one.
      Agreed. Plus, why does the Thunderbolt port look exactly like the current Mini Display port? Coincidence?
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by friscosooner View Post
      I finally gave MicroLimp the finger last month and switched to an MBP 13". I have had no regrets. My POS HP Vista machine took forever to boot. This takes less than one minute. I have not had to reboot once since I bought it. iTunes flies compared to a PC. The machine itself flies. Admittedly, my Vista machine was over two years old, but it wasn't that out of date.

      When I want to watch a movie on my flat screen I just plug in my adapter and the movie plays. No need to mess around with several settings like in Windows to make everything work right.
      My PC is 4 years old and is lightening fast. It's all about how you take care of them. Just like anything else.
    1. Bruno615's Avatar
      Bruno615 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I would say there is a safe bet that if the MBP is updated on Thursday you probably have a very good chance of being able to order around midnight or shortly after midnight Pacific Time. (Apple Online Store usually goes down for around 30 minutes prior to a new product or edit to the store)
      That was my guess as well. I tried calling the 5th Ave store (NYC), but all they could tell me was that no major products are released without an announcement. (He might have thought I was talking about the iPad maybe?)
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm really hoping for a SSD to boot-up on; right now my MBP takes 30 seconds to load completely which is awesome, but a SSD boot would be even better

      Anyone interested in a 3 month old MBP, 15-inch 2.66 GHz i7?? 3 yrs of Apple Care, brand new condition?? Selling it for at least $300 less than I paid for it in the store!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Thunderbolt. sounds fake. bland. doesn't fit.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I would say there is a safe bet that if the MBP is updated on Thursday you probably have a very good chance of being able to order around midnight or shortly after midnight Pacific Time. (Apple Online Store usually goes down for around 30 minutes prior to a new product or edit to the store)
      Well it's about 4am EST. So much for that.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I hope it has the os ssd
    1. I'm fae fife's Avatar
      I'm fae fife -
      Quote Originally Posted by norfskate View Post
      Heeeeeeadin ged!
      Totally agree. Proper heeeeeeeeeeedin!!!!!

      Rammmmmmmmmit
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Then you could also just install windows with bootcamp and then you really won't need a pc lol.
      Or install OSX on your PC. No bootcamp needed.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Notice the box doesn't say anything about a 16GB SSD for the boot drive. That would be a massive let down... or possibly a factory upgrade option?...
      It should be a factory option. It is totally unnecessary with OSX. Mine boots within 25 seconds on my PC so I assume it is quicker on a Mac. And this is only with 1 core running. I can only imagine how fast it will be once I get all 4 cores online.