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post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

Has anyone here been keeping up with any of the latest rumors dealing with the new MacBook line to be released this year? Also, can anyone give me feedback on their experience with a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air?

From what I understand, the rumor is that Apple is going to unify their two laptop lines under the body-build of the MacBook Air this year. I'm sure that will mean that dedicated cards and optical drives are going out the window, and I believe they will be using Ivy Bridge processors under the hood to power the new machines. Completely SSD based, and there are rumors of them using their Retina Display (in other words, a much higher resolution than is currently available on their laptops) for the new notebooks.

Is this about in line with what you guys have heard?

I've been considering buying a Mac for quite some time, as I generally dislike laptops and I dislike every Windows laptop I've ever owned. I honestly just want something sleek, lightweight and with excellent battery life, and I've been wanting to try out the OS for quite some time.

Anyway, I was kind of just looking for some general thread where people can put forth what they've heard about the next iteration of MacBooks and their experiences with mobile computing with Apple in the past.

Thanks.
post #2 of 9
I've heard nothing.

But all of that sounds terrible (except the display part). I prefer the body of MacBook Pro's to the MacBook Air, and I sure don't want a laptop without a disc drive. Sometimes I want to watch a DVD on my computer or rip an album from a CD (I love my physical media) and without a disc drive I can't do that. External Drives suck. I'd be willing to give up some thin-ness in exchange for an internal disc drive. SSDs are cool, but they suck since they're so overpriced. I'm fine with a Hard Drive, but knowing Apple, the SSDs are going to be on the logic board itself, making upgrading them impossible.

I've had my eye on the MacBook Pro 13 for a while, and it looks like I won't be holding out for the next gen MacBook. That is, if these rumors are true.
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post #3 of 9
Head to apple insider or macrumors, those give latest threads about apple products.

Although, I hardly think air-like MBP are in line due to IB shortages/deadlines/thermals of a dedicated but more likely an extension of the MBA. IMO 13.3 MBP will be replaced with top-end MBA models, and rebranded so. MBP models will probably be reserved for the 15"+ models, this will be their "unification" of the MBA/MBP models while still having the small netbook-like 11" variant of the MBA.

New iMac will most like look like the cinema display does now, with a smaller chin than current models.

All of which is just an educated guess on current rumors and past maneuvers by apple, only time will tell.

That being said, both have strengths and weakness... and this is a PC forum. So you'll hear biased opinions, buy to try the OS than sell if you're not happy(build quality of MBP/MBA is flawless).
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I've heard nothing...

?? Not true.
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post #4 of 9
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I've heard nothing.
But all of that sounds terrible (except the display part). I prefer the body of MacBook Pro's to the MacBook Air, and I sure don't want a laptop without a disc drive. Sometimes I want to watch a DVD on my computer or rip an album from a CD (I love my physical media) and without a disc drive I can't do that. External Drives suck. I'd be willing to give up some thin-ness in exchange for an internal disc drive. SSDs are cool, but they suck since they're so overpriced. I'm fine with a Hard Drive, but knowing Apple, the SSDs are going to be on the logic board itself, making upgrading them impossible.
I've had my eye on the MacBook Pro 13 for a while, and it looks like I won't be holding out for the next gen MacBook. That is, if these rumors are true.

I'll wait until they formally announce something, which was supposed to be in early March.

Optical drives are completely useless to me. I don't even use them to install games anymore, so I don't mind. I'm not sure how I feel about the SSD issue, either.
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I'll wait until they formally announce something, which was supposed to be in early March.
Optical drives are completely useless to me. I don't even use them to install games anymore, so I don't mind. I'm not sure how I feel about the SSD issue, either.

I always thought they announced new stuff in September tongue.gif guess I'm not as observant as I thought I was.

But if the announcement is supposed to be sometime soon, then I guess I could hold out. It's for school anyway, so I've got plenty of time to get a new laptop. However if you don't use the optical drive, then yeah it's probably better for you to go without one. If they offer both a model with an optical drive and one without it, they can make both sides happy. biggrin.gif

Can someone explain why SSDs are so expensive? Excuse my ignorance, but isn't it pretty much like a giant flash drive that goes into your computer in place of a primary HDD?
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post #6 of 9
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I always thought they announced new stuff in September tongue.gif guess I'm not as observant as I thought I was.
But if the announcement is supposed to be sometime soon, then I guess I could hold out. It's for school anyway, so I've got plenty of time to get a new laptop. However if you don't use the optical drive, then yeah it's probably better for you to go without one. If they offer both a model with an optical drive and one without it, they can make both sides happy. biggrin.gif
Can someone explain why SSDs are so expensive? Excuse my ignorance, but isn't it pretty much like a giant flash drive that goes into your computer in place of a primary HDD?

Yes, but flash memory is a lot more expensive per GB to manufacture than a traditional HDD.

My biggest issue is probably going to be the lack of a dedicated video card. Even though I don't really plan on gaming on it at all, it still makes me feel hesitant.
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Yes, but flash memory is a lot more expensive per GB to manufacture than a traditional HDD.
My biggest issue is probably going to be the lack of a dedicated video card. Even though I don't really plan on gaming on it at all, it still makes me feel hesitant.

the 15" current mbp has them.
post #8 of 9
Although I haven't been keeping up with the rumors for the next fleet of Macbook products, I will say a few things about their current line. I sold my rig last October and bought a 13" MBP (base model, nothing added). I became accustomed to the OS in 2 days and don't think I'll move back to windows unless I decide to build a rig again.

The only cons I've had with it are the lack of RAM (4GB, I'm constantly debating if I should upgrade), and how the IGP heats up the CPU and makes the fan spin quite loudly (this only really happens when I have a few youtube videos buffering at 720p or some other similar scenario). I feel they should have kept the GPU separate from the CPU like they had in previous models because there wouldn't be simple heating issues. But since they only needed to buy the processor from Intel and not buy a GPU from nVidia anymore, it was a smart move to cut costs (Yet they kept the base price the same... greeeddd). I also wish I got an SSD, because things would be much peppier and things wouldn't freeze up for a second when I hit a bump while watching a movie on a bus.

I went from a similar system as yours (except I only had 6GB of RAM), so it does take some adjusting to get used to the lack of power compared to a rig.

But all in all I'm pretty happy with it because I could buy a SSD and more RAM in the future and it'd leave me with only one con.
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Although I haven't been keeping up with the rumors for the next fleet of Macbook products, I will say a few things about their current line. I sold my rig last October and bought a 13" MBP (base model, nothing added). I became accustomed to the OS in 2 days and don't think I'll move back to windows unless I decide to build a rig again.
The only cons I've had with it are the lack of RAM (4GB, I'm constantly debating if I should upgrade), and how the IGP heats up the CPU and makes the fan spin quite loudly (this only really happens when I have a few youtube videos buffering at 720p or some other similar scenario). I feel they should have kept the GPU separate from the CPU like they had in previous models because there wouldn't be simple heating issues. But since they only needed to buy the processor from Intel and not buy a GPU from nVidia anymore, it was a smart move to cut costs (Yet they kept the base price the same... greeeddd). I also wish I got an SSD, because things would be much peppier and things wouldn't freeze up for a second when I hit a bump while watching a movie on a bus.
I went from a similar system as yours (except I only had 6GB of RAM), so it does take some adjusting to get used to the lack of power compared to a rig.
But all in all I'm pretty happy with it because I could buy a SSD and more RAM in the future and it'd leave me with only one con.

if I were to buy a 13" I would buy the lg p330. it's weights 1 pound less than the macbook pro (3.5 pounds) and has a gt 555m. I suspect it could play any game at decent settings in 720p
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