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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:53 PM   #1
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Apple Notebook Updates on October 14th? 120GB MacBook Air HDD?



Apple's "Let's Rock" media event yesterday refreshed their entire iPod line. When asked about the lack of Mac news in an interview, Jobs pointed out it was a music focused event. Many readers, however, are anxiously awaiting the new notebook revisions that have been rumored.

DaringFireball now claims that Apple will be releasing new notebooks on October 14th according to sources "familiar with Apple's hardware plans." This timeframe fits into recent expectations of a more staggered release, and recent hints to resellers that notebook refreshes would have to wait until October.

While both the MacBook and MacBook Pro are overdue for revisions, the MacBook Air has also been rumored to see imminent updates. Besides new versions of the MacBook Air's custom Intel processor, Apple now has access to upgraded miniature hard drives for use in the slim laptop.

The new 120GB iPod Classic shares the same single-platter hard drive form factor that is also used in the MacBook Air. Prior to the availability of the 120GB part, the MacBook Air had been limited to a maximum hard drive size of 80GB. The MacBook Air should now be able to accommodate the higher 120GB hard drive size.


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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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And about time!

If you ask me, they should have held the Music event after the MacBook / MB Pro event later this year. Apple's revenue comes largely from the Mac holiday season, less than the iPod.

(I think... )
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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Good stuff. They could do with updating the MacBook Air and it makes sense.

Mid October sounds about right. I'm just glad I got my MBP in Feb when I did and didn't wait for the "new MacBook Pros as early as June?" rumour to play out!

Still, it's about time they upgraded them - I reckon they will be the new designs.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:57 PM   #4
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:57 PM   #5
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October 14th? Feels like ages away... at least finally news are coming in about the macbooks... well, guess we'er gonna have to wait another month...
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well October is better than waiting til January. and the 120 GB hard drive for the Air makes sense
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 02:59 PM   #7
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Sounds great.

Perhaps prices that are actually competitive this time around, instead of being at twice the price for similar specs of other PC notebooks? The fact that I can equal the $2700 17-inch MBP's specs with an HP for $1300 is kinda sad.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:01 PM   #9
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my powerbook just broke and they want 470 euros to fix it :-|. I say I get a new macbook
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:02 PM   #10
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But when in stores?

Is there any indication as to whether they'll be in store on Oct. 14? I'm leaving for an overseas trip the night of Oct. 30 and need a new laptop for the trip (plus a couple days before I leave to migrate files, install software and troubleshoot).
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:03 PM   #11
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I really hope they release new notebooks this year

I have been waiting for a notebook refresh for a while. I am still using a Dell XPS m1330 I bought last year. I didnt want to upgrade until I saw the new apple line up. Don't dissapoint me . I've held off too long to wait until next year to see the new gear.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:03 PM   #12
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One more time

Is it just me or does the less interesting laptops get more attention with updates these days than the desktop mac. Back in the day, there used to be many different Mac desktops to choose from... now its the MacPro or the iMac.

I need a new desktop mac with high end processing ability, something that can render HDV well, and has an excellent graphics card with the power to back it up.

Is it seriously too much to ask for a MacPro revision? I mean, come on... the macbook and the macbook pro have had their fun in the sun, lots of updates, plenty of use... but as a professional in need of a super computer, I feel neglected by Apple who use to be the leader in prosumer video editing.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:03 PM   #13
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Simply for me:

I hope there are other little upgrades as well aside from the 120GB hard drive update.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:05 PM   #14
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Days since last Mac mini update: 400.

And since the previous updates to the Mac mini consisted only of CPU and hard drive upgrades, we might as well say that the Mac mini has never been updated since the intel switch.

1st Mac mini = G4 with a Radeon 9200/32MB (with the stealth update to Radeon9200/64MB, but still a Radeon 9200 anyway).
2nd Mac mini = Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo with a GMA950.

Given how slowly the new visualizer runs on my Mac mini (17" LCD, 1280x1024), I hope the upgrade will bring a more decent GPU (x4500 or better would be enough).
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well October is better than waiting til January. and the 120 GB hard drive for the Air makes sense
AMEN!

I've been waiting since June 1 for the new MacBooks. I will be using it at work (a school) and home.
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I really hope so! I have been waiting since february, and since selling my precious 12" Powerbook G4 to my BF, I have been stuck on my old IBook g3 500MHz...

I just can't wait!!!
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:07 PM   #17
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So glad I was sent this! Finally got a date when i can get a new mac .

Thanks to Sam Rayner for emailing me the link earlier
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:08 PM   #18
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I need a new desktop mac with high end processing ability, something that can render HDV well
Uhm, wish granted!
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I've been waiting since april and I don't mind waiting one month more. What I would enjoy is a fixed and confirmed date. I don't want to be disappointed xxth more times.
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FINALLY!??!?! I'm glad there are actually starting to be speculated dates. October 14th is OK...but I'd prefer earlier...Like last Tuesday in September so I'd have it in time for my B-day. Or on my B-day would be good too (Oct 7th )

Yayyyy I want them now though Why can't they come out now..
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So glad I was sent this! Finally got a date when i can get a new mac .

Thanks to Sam Rayner for emailing me the link earlier
because rumors always turn out to be true . . . ?
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Its about time. It feels like there has been word the refresh would happen every month since july. This time it feels right.
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Old Sep 10, 2008, 03:13 PM   #23
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This is good news. I hope they actually end up being updated then instead of being pushed back again.
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Yea! Finally. I hope they update the MBP's desgin that would be great.
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Is it just me or does the less interesting laptops get more attention with updates these days than the desktop mac. Back in the day, there used to be many different Mac desktops to choose from... now its the MacPro or the iMac.

I need a new desktop mac with high end processing ability, something that can render HDV well, and has an excellent graphics card with the power to back it up.

Is it seriously too much to ask for a MacPro revision? I mean, come on... the macbook and the macbook pro have had their fun in the sun, lots of updates, plenty of use... but as a professional in need of a super computer, I feel neglected by Apple who use to be the leader in prosumer video editing.
There is no new technology to put into the Mac Pro. You will need to wait until January or buy the current model.

You are asking Apple to do something which is impossible. All other companies are exactly the same.
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