MBP, Snow Leopard - ETA?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nope7308, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #1
    Please forgive my ignorance, but approximately how long will it take until Snow Leopard (SL) is released? What is the major advantage SL has over the current OS? Depending on the ETA, is it worth waiting to purchase the MBP? If I purchase the MBP soon, how much on average would it cost to upgrade to SL (when released)?

    Ideally, I would like to wait until next September to buy the MBP (more schooling), but my current computer is a ticking time bomb (it could blow any day now). Please keep that in mind when giving your suggestions.

    If you think any other information is relevant, please do share! :D

    Thanks!!
     
  2. macrumors 68040

    #2
    Summer 2009

    No visual improvements, or new applications, this will be a complete overhaul of the underlying technologies.

    $129 normally.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #3
    Hmm, so I assume it would be a substantial (i.e. worthy) OS upgrade? Would the underlying technologies of Snow Leopard complement the hardware configuration of the new MBP, or would there be no significant improvement to performance. Given the lack of information, I'll take all responses as educated predictions. Thanks again.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

    #4
    The main issues being fixed in Snow Leopard are speed, performance, and size. So there would be a boost to performance. As of now, this is all we know. Expect more information at Macworld in January.
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #5
    Again, forgive my ignorance (still using a half-functional PC), but at this 'Macworld' event, will new products be released or just announced? I'm confident that I could wait until January to purchase a new MBP, but anything beyond that is a toss up. I really wish my computer would just hold on until Sept. 2009, but that is highly unlikely.

    I've also heard something about a "Nehalem" processor, but my intuition tells me that this will be introduced into desktops first, and notebooks later (meaning a 1 year+ wait). Also, can someone please explain to me what "monteniva" means, and if it will be included in tomorrow's release?

    Sorry for my stupidity :(
     
  6. macrumors 65816

    #6
    What is going to be announced a Macworld is unknown at this point. Its possible that Apple could update the iMacs and/or Mac Minis, but this is just guesses.

    Montevina is the name of a version of Intel's chipset. There is Santa Rosa, Penryn(current MBP) and Montevina which is Intel's latest chipset(chipset is different from processor). If rumors are true, the next Macbooks will not use Intel's chipset but will use NVIDIA's. As for Nehalem, Nehalem desktop chips are not going to be released for some time, well into 2009. Notebook chips a few months after that. Even when that happens, it's a good idea to wait until prices drop on the processors because they will be expensive when they are first released.

    Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

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    OK, so Montevina - being an intel chipset - will not be incorporated in the next release? What, then, are the advantages of the Nvidia chipset (whatever it may be)? Hell, I don't even know what a chipset is or what it's responsible for. I really appreciate your help with this!

    Lastly, I must disagree with you on one point - there are stupid questions (I ask them all the time). For instance, can you draw me a square circle? :D
     
  8. macrumors 6502

    Vivid.Inferno

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    All the questions your asking on here are really good. They're all things I'm curious about too. I'm on a dying Toshiba, I want a new computer now, but I'm not going to have the cash for a couple months >.< Will I be able to get SL on the macbook/pros that are out tomorrow? What I mean is that when Micro$oft released Vista, all the computers that ran XP didn't have the RAM or whatever to support Vista. Will it be the same from Leopard to Snow Leopard? Or will all the computers currently running Leopard be able to run Snow Leopard?

    ...that was long winded lol
     
  9. macrumors 65816

    #9
    A chipset is another chip on the motherboard(or logicboard) that is required for the functioning of the computer. The processor talks to the chipset, the chipset talks to the rest of the computer such as the memory, graphics card, USB ports, etc. Intel's chipset is separated into two chips, the north bridge and the south bridge. Because there are two separate chips, it is relatively slow. NVIDIA has one chip, which makes it is faster. Another good thing about NVIDIA, is it will have a much better integrated graphics chip. This means videos, animations, and graphics on the Macbooks will be many many times faster than Intel's offerings. The integrated graphics chip will not effect the Macbook Pros because it use a separate graphics card which will blow an integrated chip out of the water every time. Another feature of the NVIDIA chipset, if Apple decides to use this feature, is the MBP could switch between the dedicated graphics card and the integrated chip to conserve battery life.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

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    Again, I'm no expert on the matter, but I'm pretty sure that SL will be compatible with the new hardware being released tomorrow. From the little that I've read, SL incorporates a 64bit kernal (?) which, in idiot-proof terms, allows the OS/computer to more effectively utilize large amounts of RAM and speed up complex computing (e.g. video editing). In my uninformed view, SL is intended to let the software 'catch up' with the hardware, so to speak.

    If I'm completely wrong on this one, someone please correct me!
     
  11. macrumors member

    #11
    New Macbooks and Macbook Pros are coming tomorrow. Snow Leopard will be some time next summer probably. Apple does things very differently from Microsoft. Updates to the OS are done on a more regular basis. If you purchased a new Macbook tomorrow it will run Snow Leopard just fine. As Arinince said SL is gonna be all about performance. Chances are a MB or MBP purchased tomorrow would run Snow Leopard better than it runs Leopard.
     
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    thegoldenmackid

    #12
    No you're probably right. I say probably because like what was mentioned above, we really don't know. if Snow Leopard is released at any point of 2009 you can assume that it would work with the new hardware tomorrow. The only real assumption we can have is that it will be compatible with all Intel Macs and almost confirmed that it will not work with the PowerPC's (unless of course the Powerbook G5 comes out). And yes, it's letting the software "catch up" - but don't expect any visual overhauls, there might be some new applications, more likely an overhaul of many current ones.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #13
    So, in essence, the only foreseeable advantage of incorporating the Nvidia chipset in the MBP is to increase battery life? I assume this new chipset is geared toward the MB instead?

    I'm just a little confused. Will tomorrow's release be based almost entirely on aesthetics/design, or will some meaningful improvement to performance be introduced?
     
  14. macrumors 68040

    elppa

    #14
    They're not really “fixing” anything. It's not like Leopard is broken. Instead, Apple is innovating in the areas of multi core support and how general computing tasks are offloaded graphics card. These aren't general tweak and polish performance improvements, they are huge architectural changes.

    If Snow Leopard delivers it will give Mac OS X a very significant advantage over other operating systems.

    We know a bit more than that, like native Exchange Support and a new version of QuickTime, called QuickTime X.
     
  15. macrumors 601

    #15
    Snow Leopard = "About a year" from June 2008.

    Take that for what you will.
     
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    BornAgainMac

    #16
    After Snow Leopard is out I predict that future versions of OSX will come out quicker. Every 18 months or so. I am sure when they optimize Snow Leopard, they already know what changes they will introduce with 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9 that they can have the foundation ready for those new technologies.

    I bet with Time Machine and Spotlight, they had to do a lot of tweaks all over the code that they didn't plan on doing. For example, if they introduce "Voice Vision" or some new thing that makes all your existing Mac apps talk to you in some type of conversational mode. Getting the foundation ready will make new technologies easier to add.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #17
    Thanks for all the feedback on Snow Leopard, but can someone please answer the following question?

    "Will tomorrow's release be based almost entirely on aesthetics/design, or will some meaningful improvement(s) to performance be introduced?"
     
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    ntrigue

    #18
    Tomorrow's announcements will introduce a design that will be the look of Macbook and MB Pro for years. They will receive incremental processor upgrades but more exciting is the Macbook's combination of Nvidia and processor bump. I think Macworld will announce a significant MB Pro improvement while the design goes unchanged.
     
  19. macrumors 68040

    #19
    Brand new laptops will be unveiled tomorrow, all we know right now is that they will look different, and have faster technology, so yes faster performance.

    Nothing regarding the Mac OS will be announced tomorrow, except maybe a update (service pack you would call them) which would improve stability, security, etc. These are free.

    Let me explain the numbers:

    The current Mac OS is 10.5.5.

    The 10 means Macintosh Operating System 10, or X in Roman numerals (hence OS X).
    The 5 means the current revision of that operating system. The current revision is Leopard. 10.4 was Tiger, 10.3 was Panther and so on. The last 5 is the current service pack, these are free and you download them to your computer through Apple's update manager just as you would on Windows.

    The next OS will be 10.6 Snow Leopard, however this time instead of concentrating on features and visuals, Apple are concentrating on performance and stability. Have a read of Snow Leopard here http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

    No one knows the price of Snow Leopard. It might be $129, then again many of the uninformed user base would resent paying $129 for no visual improvements or new applications, therefore it might be cheaper, $99 or $79 perhaps to anybody with Leopard.
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #20
    So aside from a face lift, the MBP will essentially remain unchanged? I'm interested in the MBP only, and I care more about a performance revision than an aesthetic one. Now, I'm not sure if I should buy the Oct. 14th revision or wait for the supposed Macworld revision...

    I can probably wait until January, but not much longer - my current computer sparks/smokes, overheats, crashes, and the i button barely works (gotta love PCs).
     
  21. macrumors 68040

    #21
    There will definitely be a performance increase and possibly a price drop. Apple wouldn't change the design without updating the specs.
     
  22. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #22
    So if you were in my position, and on a tight budget, would you buy the Oct. 14th revision or wait for the January Macworld revision?

    Relevant Info:
    From now until December, I do generic computing and intensive word processing (i.e. 1 essay per week). My i button barely works at the moment (and I use personal pronouns :mad:). I will definitely need the MBP by May at the latest so I can get my photography side-project back in full swing (not enough juice with the current computer).
     
  23. macrumors 68040

    #23
    I'd buy tomorrow. If you keep putting off and waiting for a newer model, you will never buy anything. Unfortunately thats what websites like these get you into doing, you sound like you definitely need it now, so buy it. And when the time comes for your photography stuff it will still be plenty fast.
     
  24. macrumors 6502a

    nope7308

    #24
    I was thinking the same thing, so thanks for your opinion. Now comes the task of finding the money to pay for it!
     
  25. macrumors regular

    thespyglass

    #25
    Great thread, I found this all really useful.
    Thanks for your input, guys, and thanks to nope7308 for kicking it off. I was also wondering about all that so cheers. :)

    Is it tomorrow yet?!
     

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