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  • New MacBook Pros FINALLY About to Drop?


    Based on a leak from someone at MicroCenter, there's increasing confidence that the long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro line is imminent. Featuring new Apple part numbers, the inventory database screenshot shows MacBook Pros in "Good," "Better" and "Best" trim levels that - if the leak actually pans out as the real thing - would indicate a price drop for the new top-of-the-line 17" model.

    After the online inventory system at MicroCenter was updated last night, staffers began leaking screen shots all over the internet. Showing new Apple part numbers that represent Good, Better and Best models, the new inventory items would appear to align with MicroCenter's existing three 15-inch and single 17-inch MacBook Pro offerings. The new entry-level MacBook Pro would cost $100 more at $1,799, but the top 15-inch model would be $2,199 and the one 17-inch model gets $200 cheaper at $2,299. The "Better" MacBook Pro would remain $1,999.

    This refresh should finally bring Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors to the MacBook Pro line. The 32nm die-shrink of the current 45nm "Nehalem" architecture, the new "Arrandale" chips should have comparable clock speeds to the existing Core 2 Duos used in MacBook Pros but feature much improved performance. It's possible that the top of the line may include a hIgh-end NVIDIA 300M card, which supports Optimus graphics switching technology. Optimus would allow switching from the integrated Intel graphics to an external graphics card without requiring you to log out and log back in.

    The rumor mill has the new models coming tomorrow. Apple is - of course - refusing comment on the matter.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New MacBook Pros FINALLY About to Drop? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      UPDATED! i5's and i7's in the 15in and i5 in the 17in.
      10 hour battery in the 13in and 2.4ghz or 2.66ghz processor with nvidia graphics. all with 4 gb of ram
    1. Tylervalo's Avatar
      Tylervalo -
      it's not even worth updating my 13"MBP I bought in October is it?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Im getting a 13in 2.4ghz. With 500gb hardrive its going to be about $1400 with tax. I love student discounts. I really like the 10 hour battery and 80% faster graphics!
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      hey MMi kindah slow ehh.... apple has all ready announced the new MBP family on apple.com check it out!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Ummm this article was posted yesterday at 10 AM so don't exactly see what is slow about it seeing as the line was updated this morning.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      can you get a computer that runs osx, has4 gigs of ram, and an i7 processor for $700? thought not.....
      If you know how to build a hackintosh then you will pay half the price (or less), especially for higher quality parts. Lower quality you might as well buy a prebuild. Either way, I don't like OS X myself.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Yeah sure. I bet you can build a soild aluminum computer in your workshop. I buy apple because ive never had a problem that they didn't fix. You dont get #3 in customer satisfaction for nothing
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      Yeah sure. I bet you can build a soild aluminum computer in your workshop. I buy apple because ive never had a problem that they didn't fix. You dont get #3 in customer satisfaction for nothing
      That is very true. Out of all my Apple products, the rare times they do get issues I have no problem and generally have no questions asked from them when needing a repair.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiger92 View Post
      Yeah sure. I bet you can build a soild aluminum computer in your workshop.
      Who in their right mind would want a solid aluminum case?

      Quote Originally Posted by Classick View Post
      Lol why are all Windows users so bitter in regards to Apple products?
      Yes, because Windows and OS X are the only two operating systems in the world. And the only people bitter towards Apple products are the people who realize just how hard they're screwing you.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Still, these bad boys are pretty darn expensive.