It's unanimous. Bloggers hate 'MacBook Pro' name

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: 3rd Party Hardware
    Link: It's unanimous. Bloggers hate 'MacBook Pro' name
    Description:: For all the excitement surrounding Apple Computer's first Intel-based computers, which CEO Steve Jobs announced Tuesday at Macworld 2006, there's been a surprising amount of attention focused on analyzing the name of the newest line of laptops, the MacBook Pro.

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  2. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Well, the examples in that "article" may not have been written by the sharpest knives in the drawer... :rolleyes:

    The one from Breaking Windows even has the misconseption that "Power" in PowerBook has something to do with the "Power" in Power PC... :rolleyes:

    I think MacBook Pro (and later an introduction of a plain MacBook or a MackBook Mini or whatever) is a very good move by Apple... :)

    Now don't make me start a blog just to state that... :p
  3. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    its just a name that we aren't used to yet. give it time and it will come as naturally as PowerBook.

    while i'm not fond of the new name, i totally understand the direction Apple is going with it.
  4. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I like the name PowerBook better.

    I'm used to it.

    But MacBook is equally good and I'll get used to that too.

    MacBook has a very important advantage: it has "Mac" in it. There truly are a lot of people who don't know what a PowerBook is, or that it is compatible with Macs. They know what a Mac is though--in general terms.

    Unifiying all Macs together at last is a good move.

    As for the "Pro"--seems silly and unnecessary. Except, of course, that it's necessary! It means more MacBooks will be coming.

    Think how silly "iPod Mini" would have sounded for the FIRST iPod. But it makes sense because there are more than one iPod.

    I can easily see there being several different MacBook names, not just "Pro" and "regular." Just like we have iPod Shuffle and Nano.


    * MacBook Express - thin, light ultraportable

    * MacBook or MacBook Something - 13" primary iBook replacement

    * MacBook Pro in 13" and 15" sizes

    * MacBook Pro HD in 17" or 20" size
  5. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    what did people think when apple changed their desktop name from mac II to power macintosh? it probable annoyed them, although i was in the "wtf, thats a stupid name|" crowd, and to a degree still am it's growing on me/
  6. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    The name is as lame as the chip inside it.
  7. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    so you'd rather see apple get owned by intels conroe based cpu's in the next couple of years untill apple is forced to make a switch much less gracefully than they are now.

    architecture does not matter now, intels dident beat RISC they joined it, newer intel chips are essentially RISC designs with hardware emulation and now intel is not clock speed mad they can really start to own everyone elce useing their size and R&D budget to make some kick ass chips, not just add clock speed to the ****** P4.
  8. macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    iPod nano sounded pretty dumb, but it's okay now.

    MacBook Pro sounds pretty dumb too, but it's perhaps more natural than PowerBook.
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
  9. Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Freescale has a dual core G4 chip, and you don't see anyone bitching about the Quad.
  10. macrumors 603


    Aug 20, 2005
    Thank you Jah...I'm so Blessed
    like i said several "MBP lame name" threads ago....its a name that will take some getting use to but we will.

    i dont like it much but it already settled in so whatever!

  11. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I just hope they don't release a "MacBook Home". It will remind me too much of XP Home/Pro.
  12. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i doubt they would ever make that mistake, but if they do. :eek: shame on Apple.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2003
    I do however see everyone bitching about missed deadlines and slight performance increases.

    2 ghz to 2.5 dual cores in three years? No G5 laptop? IBM wasn't ever suited to supply Apple with the kind of chips they would have liked at the pace they would have liked. Intel and AMD are really the only two suited for the job.

    The G4 has been a crappy chip for a long time. To claim the dual core G4 might actually make a decent computer is laughable. Apple has been getting killed on the portables. There about as good as celerons.

    I love my powerbook, but my sister's AMD notebook crushed it. It was kind of pathetic. Hopefully with these new chips, the level of disparity between Apple desktops and portables won't be that great anymore.
  14. macrumors demi-god

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Are you serious?? A 20" laptop?? Nevermind a desktop replacement, that would be a DESK replacement!!
  15. macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Big deal. MacBook is not only a perfectly good name, it was pretty much inevitable.
  16. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    freescale is still sampling them and wont ship in quantitiy for a long long time, also they were not suited for apple use, not enough pcie lanes, and the G4 core was virtually unchanged just a new bus and dual cores, the G5 i have no issue with as it stands, but in Q4 intel will launch covertown a quad core yonah based xeon 64-bit, SMP, 8MB L2 cache 2MB per core, one of those will outperform a current quad by a fair margin even if IBM got the dual core 970 to 3GHz it wouldent be able to compete.

    if you've read my posts before i've aruged endlessly for the G5, sure it could have gone in the powerbook, but it'd just get owned by yonah, the G5 is competitive now sure and it's a good investment to buy one now but apple made the right call switching when it did because over the next yeah intel will be getting up to speed and apple wants to get on the train when it makes sense, not two years down the line when it's back at 1.5% market share.

    if intel was going to own the G5 in 2005 apple would have switched earlier, they dident, everyone knows the P4 sucks ass now is the time to switch as intel transitions the desktop and server to a sensible architecture, if IBM had the R&D budget on the G5 that intel does on conroe it'd surely be just as fast if not faster, but they dont have the architecture advantage anymore seeing as at hearth everything is RISC these days or the intel MHz addiction advantage anymore.

    now quit your whineing have fun with your mac just as you would and maybe santa will bring you a 8 core 3GHz intel mac for christmas 06.
  17. macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2003
    I remember the same discussions when an odd looking Mac was debuted years ago, but most people came to love the iMac...and iBook...and iTunes...and iPod...etc, etc.

    Give it time, people. Does anyone actually expect Apple to be like, "Whoa, let's strip the name before the next variations come out"? Just like any other change to Apple's line, it will go like that comic that was posted awhile back (after the announce of the Intel chips) where the Mac fans go through outrage, disappointment, acceptance, and finally excitement.

    Personally, they can call it anything they want as long as it actually rocks with OSX like they claim.
  18. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    i second that, sir.
  19. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    well, they removed the modem in that new intel notebook of theirs... this might not seem to be too far fetched.
  20. macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2003
    what's lame about the chip?
  21. macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    So what would you have called it, the EmesisBook? :confused:
  22. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Yeah, the name sucks. But really, who cares? It's just a computer people.
  23. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    It's a Mac..

    A Mac's a Mac is a Mac..

    Mac Mac Mac..

    Get used to it.We've been calling them Mac's for years..:rolleyes:

    Heck...This site is even called "MAC"rumors!
  24. macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    Rehoboth Beach, De
    I would have preferrd "Mactop". :D
  25. sjk
    macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    Although I would like it maybe MacBook Extreme would be a more fitting name for a 20".

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