Mac Intel Lineup all Core Duo??

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  1. jameshopkins macrumors newbie

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    I am hoping that the new ibook/macbook will be core duo, I think solo core would be a mistake. Hopefully the lineup will look something like this:

    Current Intel Core Duo Chips:

    T2600 2.16 GHz 667 MHz 31W (Future iMac / Macbook Pro)
    T2500 2.0 GHz 667 MHz 31W (iMac / Macbook Pro 17"?)
    T2400 1.83 GHz 667 MHz 31W (Macbook Pro / iMac)
    T2300 1.66 GHz 667 MHz 31W (Macbook Pro)
    L2400 1.66 GHz 667 MHz 15W (iBook/Macbook? 13.3")
    L2300 1.50 GHz 667 MHz 15W (iBook/Macbook? 10" / MacTablet)

    Or maybe an option of either solo or duo?!?

    What do you think?
     
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Why does the L2400 consume half as much power as the T2300 at the same clock rate?
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I really wouldn't be surprised if the iBook only had a single core. They've always had a problem updating the iBook, but still keeping it far enough behind the PowerBook so people will still purchase a PB. Apple could give the Intel iBook the same clock speed as the MacBook Pro, but only one core.
     
  4. jameshopkins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Intel Solo Core lineup:

    T1300 2 MB L2 1.66 GHz 667 MHz 27W

    Still hoping the $999 model will have duo!
     
  5. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Quite the opposite, making it a Core Duo would be a mistake (from a business standpoint). The Core Duo is a very expensive chip, and if it was in the MacBook Apple would have almost no profit margin. Moreover, it would canibalizes the sales of the MacBook pro, especially if it included an iSight, SMS, and backlit keyboard, and I expect the MacBook to include all of those features.
     
  6. jameshopkins thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very true, good analysis
     
  7. jacobj macrumors 65816

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    I think that the only reason the iBook is so close in power terms to the current powerbook is because anything less, even in a cheap laptop would be ridiculous. Apple were forced to close the gap and will be more than happy to spread the range again.
    If the iBook (MacBook) does come out in April then the price of the Duo CPUs will force the price of the iBook up and I imagine that Apple will want to keep it the same or even reduce it :)eek: ;) )

    I just had a moment where I imagined SJ reading my post and having a good laugh...
     
  8. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    Although price difference between Core Solo and Core Duo seem marginal (less than $50), every little bit makes a difference for affordable computers (iBook and Mac mini replacements).

    Although this problem can be solved via "built-to-order" option, you do not want to sabotage MacBook Pro/iMac/Power Mac (Mac Pro) sales either. In any case, I think there's more demand for $999-ish iBook replacement with smaller form factor long battery life then higher performance variety with larger footprint and shorter battery life.
     
  9. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    With the Pentium M, Intel made LV (low voltage) and ELV (extremely low voltage) varients of the processors. Basically the LV and ELV are higher quality chips that can do the same/similar clock speeds at much lower voltages. Typically they are used in laptops and small form factor devices that run off of batteries at least in part.
     

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