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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:43 AM   #1
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Apple Prepping for Notebook Refresh?



Signs are starting to appear that Apple may be prepping for a revision of their Mac laptops in the near future. Following up a previous Commercial Times report that pointed to a Q3 (July-September) order for MacBook displays, the paper now reports that Apple has increased its order of "notebook-use printed circuit boards" by 20% this quarter.

Meanwhile, Apple has notified Best Buy that they would have limited MacBook shipments over the next two weeks. While retail inventories alone aren't typically an accurate predictor of Apple product refreshes, combined with these other reports it may be more suggestive.

Apple has been rumored to be working on new aluminum MacBook Pro designs that will adopt features of the current iMac and MacBook Air.



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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:46 AM   #2
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just in time...
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:46 AM   #3
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Let's hope when this roll out eventually happens, that it goes a bit smoother than the iPhone release.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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Please please please release new MBPs in August... I'm going to be travelling and need to get rid of my iMac in exchange for a notebook and I'd hate to buy a MBP only to see new ones a month later... Seems to be a fear associated with any Apple product but maybe this time I can beat it.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:47 AM   #5
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darn i just bought a macbook - its still on the way
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:48 AM   #6
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I'm hoping this time around something will actually happen.

Been holding out for a macbook refresh, and having the sweets for a Lenovo x200. Which ever comes first / cheapest.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:48 AM   #7
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Wish I knew when this was happening...

This is interesting, especially considering that I need to order nearly 60 17" MBPs for the business I do, and I am on a time table.

I am sure someone won't be happy if a new design comes out right after ours get distributed... Oh, well. What can you do? :shrug:
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:48 AM   #8
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Speed bump or revision?

Personally I love my BlackBook casing so I hope they don't switch it.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:50 AM   #9
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I would love a new MBP.

I am not so concerned about the specs as I am about the case design. To be honest, all this talk of making it look like the MBA with tapered design and black keyboard makes me nervous. I'm not crazy about the MBA design but I know some people love it.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:50 AM   #10
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:50 AM   #11
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darn i just bought a macbook - its still on the way
If you want to gamble on a new model being released soon, just return it.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:50 AM   #12
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This is interesting, especially considering that I need to order nearly 60 17" MBPs for the business I do, and I am on a time table.

I am sure someone won't be happy if a new design comes out right after ours get distributed... Oh, well. What can you do? :shrug:
Dude, order 61 and send one to Long Island, if you don't mind, that is....
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Dude, order 61 and send one to Long Island, if you don't mind, that is....
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:53 AM   #14
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Macbook over MacBook Pro

I would much rather a revision to the MB lineup than the MBP. Bring the MBs in line with the rest of Apple's lineup. (except iPhone 3G!) We are needing a new MB for school this year and are waiting to get the MB + iPod Touch deal. (Of course, get the rebate, and then sell it on eBay!) = a decently priced Apple Computer!
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:55 AM   #15
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There are now 600 laptops with Blu-ray drives.

I'd say it was overdue in supposed 'pro' products, but that's not quite the right phrase. My desktop PC now has a BR drive. If my next laptop choice is between an MBP without, or a PC laptop with...I'm afraid I will seriously consider ' un ' switching.

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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:55 AM   #16
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:57 AM   #17
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darn... just ordered a blackbook, shipping today....

sounds like the MBPs will get updated cases soon, macbooks will get the minor bump? if so, i'd be happy.
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+2!!
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I'm happy as long as they don't put in the X4500, or that the drivers for the X4500 sucks and makes it worse than my X3100. I like my case the way it is, thank you very much.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:58 AM   #19
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This is all good and bad news. My friend called me yesterday and said that he was at the Apple Store buying a new MB. I told him to wait a month or so. Unfortunately, he HAD to buy one yesterday due to the fact that his old iBook had completely died. Hopefully a new one will come out soon and he can get a cheap upgrade!
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:58 AM   #20
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Let's hope they upgrade the form factor for us frivolous and superficial folk.
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:59 AM   #21
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I've been waiting what seems like forever to get the upgrade....I just need it to come out before September....from the sounds of it that sounds likely...thank god I'm going crazy waiting.....
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 08:59 AM   #22
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Exciting...
Looking forward to the revision. I am looking for a laptop... I hope the revision is not limited to MBP, so that the MacBook gets a "lifting"
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Old Jul 18, 2008, 09:02 AM   #23
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New laptops? What?

What about an updated Mac mini (or a replacement)?

Are Apple going back to their "if you want a Mac you have to spend one thousand dollars" mindset? It's not going to attract more switchers, that's for sure.

And if non-Mac mini users think they've waited "long enough", let's remind them (from the Mac Buyer's Guide of MacRumors):
- Mac mini, days Since Update = 346 (Avg = 188)
- iMac, days Since Update = 81 (Avg = 211)
- Mac Pro, days Since Update = 192 (Avg = 217)
- MacBook, days Since Update = 143 (Avg = 192)
- MacBook Pro, days Since Update = 143 (Avg = 194)
- MacBook Air, days Since Update = 185 (Avg = 0)

MacBook, MacBook Pro and iMac users have no rights to complain IMHO. And while the Mac Pro is due for an update, the Mac mini should still come first.

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I think the buyer's guide should be updated to reflect this, no?
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Mac Mini?

I'm hoping that since the mini uses "notebook" parts...maybe it'll be refreshed also. I'm in want of a mini soon.
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