?'s for MacBook Pro users when they get 'em

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by asherman13, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. asherman13 macrumors 6502a

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    1. Can you tell us how the battery life is?

    2. Care to post some unpacking pictures?

    3. Isn't it awesome?

    Not sure if these have been posted before, sorry if they have; feel free to post more.
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

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    I'm stoked to see some real Adobe CS reactions! I'm helping a friend of mine decide between a 17 inch PowerBook and a MacBook Pro, and the ability for i to handle CS for the next 8-12 months is essentially the crux of the matter. If the Apple Store has them on the floor this weekend, we're going to make the 90 mile trip to try it out.
     
  3. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    battery

    im interested in what the battery life looks like as well, specially with those new chips in em...they have to suck a lil bit more juice
     
  4. cnakeitaro macrumors 6502

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    Its not the chips thats gonna drain the battery, its gonna be that 67% brighter screen.
     
  5. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    I'm really surprised Apple hasn't posted any battery life results... Hopefully its at least as good as the PowerBooks... Sigh...
     
  6. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    There was an interview with Jobs and he said that battery life would be able the same as the current G4 Powerbooks. Hopefully the about the same part meant it would be a little better than it is currently, not a little worse. I agree with cnakeitaro though. If anything sucks down the battery life more it's going to be the screens. I thought the chips required about the same as the Powerbooks now.
     
  7. geekologist macrumors member

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    Were people supposed to be recieving them today or is today the day Apple is shipping them? I can't wait to find out about battery life.
     
  8. generik macrumors 601

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    Will there be horizontal lines on the screens?
     
  9. NeuronBasher macrumors regular

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    That's optional and I decided that the nostalgia value wasn't worth the extra cost. :D
     
  10. LANcaster macrumors newbie

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    You're quite right; it won't be the CPU as the Core Duos actually have lower power requirements than G4s. However, I think it will be the X1600 graphics chipset that will suck all the power, especially in conjunction with these significantly brighter screens.

    I'm looking forward to the first reports from new MB Pro users, if the battery life is fairly good then I can see my credit card taking a battering soon!
     
  11. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    At MWSF someone that is on the DSLR forums went and they posted about how they unplugged a MBP running several apps in the background including the entire iLife06 and iWork06. They said with the screen at full brightness it reported back 3:36 for the time left on battery. Now this computer had been used all day and was a preproduction model but that gives me hope for a 5 hr battery life once I get mine. Do not worry I will post lots of stuff. I think also that the screen would take up a lot more battery life if it was not able to be turned down a lot. I believe that it will be able to have the brightness turned way down. This will help out a lot when it comes to saving. Also the Chip is supposed to be able to down clock itself and even shut off one core when it is not in use. This will save a lot of battery. I am going for 5 hours. That will get me through all my classes and then some.
     
  12. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Additional questions:

    4. Can you shut off one of the processor cores?

    5. Does it come with 10.4.5 pre-loaded or 10.4.4 pre-loaded?

    More when I remember them.
     
  13. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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  14. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I guess that's what happens when you post at the same time.

    Are you sure? I'm looking for being able to shut off one of the cores myself, so that no matter what it will go single-core for a while, if I really need to save power. I'm sure it shuts one down automatically....but can I do it manually? And can I choose which one, so I can alternate which one I shut down?
     
  15. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    I really forget what site I read that at but it is found in the developer's tools. You can do all that stuff manually there. But the power control features of the chip will do it for you.
     
  16. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any way to tell (Activity Moniter, etc.) whether or not one of the cores is shut down if I let the chip do everything itself?
     
  17. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    Probably but I will not know until I get one. Cannot wait!
     
  18. thegreatluke macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, don't expect any answers until late February (for Asian customers) or early March.

    I was one of the lucky MBP buyers who have February 23rd as the earliest shipping dates, and on my order status page it says March 2nd as the latest delivery date.

    I don't know if they'll get out before February 23rd, because here in Pennsylvania we just had a big (20") snowstorm and Apple has warehouses here. (Don't know if there are any MBP's in the warehouses though.)
     
  19. conradzoo macrumors regular

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    Check the Coreduo iMac forums. Same chips (almost).
     
  20. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    Battery Possibility

    Battery Life: I talked to Dell about there 17" blah blah blah Core Duo. And they did not have any battery life specs up online so I called technical support and asked them what it was. And of course I had to call 3 times and got cut off once and transferred to a dead line the second time. But the 3rd time was the charm. I talked to a guy that seemed to know a lot about the Dell version and he said that with the standard battery you should get 4.5 to 5 hours. I had a Dell and that would be an act of God if that happened on it. But he said that you could add an hour with the upgraded battery. So if Dell is looking at "4.5 to 5 hours" probably "3.5 to 4 hours" then we should get at least 5 and ours will have a slightly better battery. And the battery power management abilities of Apple are far better than the MS ones.
     
  21. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Optimism: I bet he was giving times including the MS power glitch, too....

    On second thought, maybe not. Can't hurt to be hopeful...
     
  22. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    I hope you can turn the brightness down a fair bit, because my iMac is SO BRIGHT. At night, I need to turn the light on in the room or my eyes really hurt, and this is on the very lowest brightness setting. I think even next to a window it would still be bright. It's a waste of electricity, imo. :(
     
  23. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, bright is good for a laptop, to a certain degree (power-wise), since sometimes I'll be outside and I'll want that extra brightness. After all, I can always close it.
     
  24. Krevnik macrumors 68030

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    Bright is good for a desktop too, but not when the /minimum/ brightness setting is "Oh god, my eyes!" in dark rooms. The iMac G5s even have an ambient light sensor in the Rev Bs and Cs, but they don't even use it for the /screen/, they use it for the snore light. Whiskey... Tango... Foxtrot...
     
  25. asherman13 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's a good point; I didn't know that the iMacs were that bright. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot indeed...
     

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