question about macbook revisions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by greendragon, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. greendragon macrumors regular

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    what exactly do these macbook revisions mean? i hear about all the problems with the macbook and hopefully these are being taken care of. what are these revisions A and revisions B mean?

    i'm a waiting 1st time mac pearson. i just want the best, god knows we're paying for it. but, i guess the mac os is worth the $$.


    thanks
     
  2. Acehigh macrumors 6502

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    Are you buying one new or used? If you buying it direct from Apple you will get the new revision. So you wont have to worry about earlier ones.
     
  3. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    The MacBooks and MacBook Pros are still considered Rev "A" but a late and refined Rev "A"

    No one knows how soon we'll see an upgrade from the current Yonah Core Duo
    to Merom Core Duo 2, but speculation is high that it will be soon.

    Soon could be next week or next month maybe.

    If Apple determines that the Merom Core Duo 2 does not meet their thermal
    requirements, they could skip Merom altogether and wait for the Santa Rosa
    chips later in the year.

    That's all anyone knows.
     
  4. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    When we say Rev. A and Rev. B, we usually mean feature upgrades. This for example could be a processor bump from 1.83 GHz to 2 GHz for free. I'm expecting the MacBook to get a bump just around Christmas time, if not then, almost straight after the New Year.

    Sometimes Apple will "refine" Macs. They won't add any new feature or speed bump, but they will (try to) fix hardware bugs like "whining", "excess heat", "random shutdowns" etc. If you were to buy a MacBook straight from Apple, it is likely you will get one of the refined models and shouldn't see any hardware bugs unless you are really unlucky.

    Oh and the MacBook is Rev. A, MacBook Pro is Rev. B.
     
  5. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    Well since every other manufacturer has Core 2 laptops out, Apple really need to release them soon - like next Tuesday lol.
     
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Well we can always wish for updates soon :)
     
  7. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I don't think the Macbook Pro is a Rev. B yet?
     
  8. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    AFAIK, the MBP's are in something like Rev "D" or later for refinements, but not officially a Rev "B" overall.
     
  9. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    The original MBPs were 1.83 GHz and 2 GHz, it got bumped to 2 GHz and 2.16 GHz.
     
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  11. Dr. Technology macrumors newbie

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    If you buy a MacBook now, you're getting the exact same thing that you would have gotten when they first came out. The only update has been a "firmware" update, which can be downloaded from Apple for free. The fact is that there's nothing wrong with the MacBook that would need to be changed (except a processor bump of course). I'm using one now and it's 100% perfect.
     
  12. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Yes the firmware did fix lots of faulty MacBooks, but no, a "Day 1" MacBook is not the same as a "Day 50" MacBook. There are little internal "tweaks" as I like to call it.
     
  13. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Weren't the original ones 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz to be ordered but then upgraded??
     
  14. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    At the moment, the MacBooks are like the 5G iPods.

    They're the same model as when they set out, just with some refinements.

    Whats changed?

    1. The whine has gone
    2. The melting plastic
    3. The moo has gone
    4. The staining/colourisation of the plastic

    They will move to Rev. B when there's a big change.. like when they go from Core Duo to Core 2 Duo processors.. hopefully by the 25th of this month, as I'm buying on the 26th :)
     
  15. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    A true Rev "B" for a MacBook would be either a bump to the Core Duo 2 or
    bumping up to a 2 .16 GHz Yonah and adding dedicated VRAM.

    It all depends on what you consider Rev " B" ness

    Most would consider the CoreDuo 2 Merom upgrade an official Rev "B"
     
  16. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Yes. Upgraded to 1.83 GHz and 2 GHz, what I said :) No 1.66 GHz MBPs exist.

    For me, a nice Rev. B MacBook would have a 1.83 Ghz and a 2 GHz Core 2 Duo and a little bit of a price drop. If not a price drop, 1 GB standard RAM would be just as good.
     
  17. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I can not agree more.

    1GB should be the absolute minimum installed RAM in any Pro Machine.
     
  18. Maccus Aurelius macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure how soon the macbook will get the new chip, thankfully the increase in performance, albeit not THAT significant other than the 64-bit support, will most likely not come at a greater price(note: the imac). I checked up on Dell's laptop line. And beyond the XPS systems, the "E" 14" through 17" models and the basic system all presently lack core 2 duo chips. However, Alienware systems presently sport core 2 duos in laptops ranging from $999 upward, with the highest end model equipped with an AMD turion 64 instead.
     

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