WWDC: What we want --> what we'll get

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by roland.g, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    With WWDC now 2 weeks away, there's alot on people's wish lists. We know the mac pro is coming, but what configs, Blu-Ray as an option? Will they introduce a mid-tower -- a headless iMac, something inbetween the Mini and the Pro with expandability. New displays? a MiniDVR? Merom and Conroe are out. Where are they going. The MBP and iMac. Will the MB and Mini see Merom, or just bumps.

    What we want (from what I've seen in threads - I won't go into ghz, I'm sure someone'll add specs):

    Mac Pro - a Quad tower
    a Pro tower that is still affordable
    a new mid-tower, possibly smaller case, for less than $1600

    all sporting a new case, Blu-Ray options, Woodcrest, and dual optical drives

    MacBook Pro - a 12", a new case, magnetic latch a la MB, Merom

    iMac - Merom or Conroe, X1800 graphics, 23" and no chin

    Macbook - Merom, dedicated graphics, no more moo, no more discoloration

    Mac Mini - Merom, DVR, dedicated graphics (or at least the GMA 965 128 MB chipset) and a price drop

    Displays - iSights built in, and significant price drops

    Oh yeah - and a preview of the next kitty (Leopard), with a new Finder.

    And did I mention - one more thing - full screen video iPods with no-touch gesture controls. And make it a phone too.

    What we'll most likely get:

    Mac Pro - a Quad tower
    a Pro tower
    a lower Pro tower

    no new case, Woodcrest, and dual optical drives if we're lucky

    MacBook Pro - Merom, and a magnetic latch a la MB

    iMac - Merom or Conroe and X1800 graphics if we're lucky

    Macbook - Yonah still, and if we're lucky the GMA 965, or nothing at all till Paris at the earliest

    Mac Mini - Yonah, and if the Macbook gets it, maybe the GMA 965, but even less likely before Paris

    Displays - iSights built in, and price drops but not too significant

    A preview of Leopard, but no new Finder.

    And did I mention - one more thing - actually it will be earlier, since music comes at the beginning of the keynote - updated Nanos.

    Hey, I want a mid-tower or a beefed up Mini, and I've been waiting a while, but I'm going to end up waiting longer. Whatever it is, Steve will make a bigger deal out of it, and give us less new stuff than we wanted.
  2. HardLine macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2006
    If there is no new finder than I'm not getting OS X 10.5, plain and simple.

    Right now the hardware doesn't matter to me at all. I've used the Intel Mac's and they're fast enough. They need to fix OS X. They need to release a proper mouse.

    The Explorer in Windows XP is so much more functional to me, and most of all it works with the back and forth buttons on my mouse. Not only that but the one thing OS X 10.4 does that made me fall in love with it, spotlight, is being incorporated into Vista.

    Now please don't take my comments as a Mac OS X versus Vista comment, it's not. I'm just telling you what I like, and what I think Apple needs to improve on, that's it.

    [puts flame suit on since people are bound to pelt me with fruits and vegtables]

    What I would like for hardware, and this is just a wishlist more than anything:

    A smaller Apple notebook, they need something under 4 pounds with more than 4 hours of battery life for me to take Apple's notebook line seriously.

    The Mac Mini needs to start using desktop hard drives aka no more 2.5 inch drives, but 3.5 inch drives.

    They need a UWXGA version of the iMac, aka 1920x1200, I don't care what size the screen is, I just want the resolution.

    They need a UWXGA version of the 17 inch MacBook Pro. I don't need to explain why, they just do.
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    agreed with the new imacs. i will be all over that :D
  4. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Agreed on this, I had that exact same thought earlier today as I was struggling to move some files from a child folder to its parent folder. On Windows XP it would take all of 1 seconds. On Mac OS I have to..

    1) Select the files
    2) Open new finder window
    3) Oh noes, no "Open folder in new window" option, I have to navigate back to the folder I want (first folder's parent!)
    4) Drag the files over and drop them

    How the hell is it harder to do things the Windows way? Select files, CTRL-X, hit backspace to go to parent, CTRL-V.

    I don't get it.
  5. McBain macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2003
    I wonder how many people actually want this?

    I hear it a lot on these boards, and it's something I really want too. There are a few Windows machines like these and from what I see in coffee shops they seem to sell pretty well. Surely there's room for Apple to make one too.
  6. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    While I think it unlikely, it would be an awesome PR stunt to wrap up the Intel transition by updating every model with new chips.

    I really don't see it happening - but who knows.
  7. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I agree. The Finder needs improvement. I hate windows. But I like being able to drag from one folder and into another easily. I would like to see tabs in the finder but most importantly I want two horizontal panes so that I can put the one I'm dragging into into column view, locate my destination and pull files from the top pane, regardless of what view I have it in. Sure I can open to finder windows and size them to do this, but I want it built in, with the ability to shift the proportions up and down like in mail preview panes.
  8. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    From what I gathered through various sources on the net it seems like Intel will keep shipping out Yonah CPUs alongside the newer Merom ones until June next year.

    How do you suppose these Yonah chips will be priced? Surely they should be cheaper than the equivalent Merom counterparts no?
  9. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Professional developers conference people.

    What we'll get at the WWDC:

    New MacBook Pro
    Preview of 10.5
    Progress report/performance report of Universal Pro Apps.

    Anything from the consumer/iPod lines will be dealt with away from the conference.
  10. celebrian23 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    Under the sun
    agreed. Personally I'm more excited about the 10.5 preview than anything else. I won't be buying any new hardware from apple for a mighty long time
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I think two product lines will be updated at MOST, and quite possibly one (the mac pro). Every keynote people start expecting apple to fulfill their every wish, but this isn't Christmas. It's an expo.

    Any updates beyond mac pro and maybe macbook pro will not happen at the expo itself but could be soon.
  12. bradc macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2006
    Canader eh
    Well apparently this guy on [H]ardForums that's an engineer for Intel has been working on Conroe chips for an 'Apple Product', he's in the dark on what model but I'd be pissed if there was no Quad Mac. I wonder if Apple will offer SLi Capability?
  13. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I think we will see new consumer stuff as well a pro stuff. Didn't the iSight come out at a WWDC for example? Steve will use it to release and preview whatever is about.

    I have money waiting on a Mac designed to go under my TV...more grunt than a mini but no screen or huge form factor.
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Or you could just:
    Switch to column view
    Select files
    Drag to parent folder
    Switch back to column view

    Not quite as simple as windows, but easier than your example.

    I of course want to be able to:
    1) Select files
    2) Hit keyboard command for "Move to"
    3) Start to type name of folder, have spotlight gave me options with detailed directories, and select the correct one when it appears. Then select Move (to move and remain where I am) or Go (to follow the files to the new directory)
  15. HardLine macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2006
    What you describe is possible in Vista, and if OS X can do that then props to them.

    Like I said, and this thread seems to agree, I'm not going to buy OS X 10.5 unless they have a new finder.
  16. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2005
    What I WANT:
    Reduced Macbook Pro prices
    Airport Express that streams video to a tv
    Wireless iPod
    Leopard Preview

    What we'll probably see:
    Mac Pro updates
    Macbook Pro updates
    Leopard Preview

    What I GET: I'll only get the Leopard Preview. Oh well, better than nothing
  17. fenixx macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2006
    Dreaming for...
    * Updated displays @ a reasonable price.
    * Updated Airport Express
    * A 23" iMac with beefed specs
    * The elusive touch screen iPod

    * Mac Pro
    * Speed Bumps for the line of products
    * Xserve w/ Intel
    * Leopard Preview

    (Nice thread, been waiting for one to pop up)

    [+] I'll be a little pissed if they overhaul the MBP and do something crazy.
  18. bradc macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2006
    Canader eh
    Hmmm, does Finder's lack of File Browsing features bother you guys/girls that much? I mean, it has its faults but it doesn't get to me to the point that I wont buy a more advanced OS (10.5)with new technologies!

    I just want better FTP and some crazier animations!

    As for WWDC, I just want my Quad Mac! I've been holding off buying the current Quad Mac since March. The waiting is getting to me HUGE hahaha:D
  19. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Guess you learn something each day, what's the keyboard shortcut for move to?

    Anyhow that is the biggest quirk about finder that annoys me to no end.

  20. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    "Move to..." is my dream feature for 10.5:)...right now I think the easiest way is the column view switch (or just staying in column view).
  21. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    There's nothing annoying about it, except the fact that Finder is not very good at multitasking. Ever tried to copy/move hundreds of big files over the network? It almost cripples the whole machine during the process, and if there are slowdowns, the situation is unbearable. Think of copying/moving files straight from CF card that sits on a PCMCIA adapter, place the files on a network drive --- sheesh, it should not take that long, and I should be able to do other stuff while waiting. And otherwise I could, but if the Finder gives a beachball, I'm not going to have any fun at all.

    ..or copying to iDisk. Why on earth does that have to occasionally freeze the Finder? It shouldn't. I would be very happy about the Finder if they just fixed the performance.
  22. mterlouw macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2006
    I never really had anything against the finder. What I would really like is cpu updates and a price drop on the mini. Even though this is the developer's conference, the timing is good for this with the recent price drops on the Intel chips.

    What I want: $499 Core Duo Mac Mini

    What we'll get: Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck drinking water.
  23. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    In due time, my friend, in due time. Apple always start at a high price point to cash in on the early adopters and pent up demand. Then they gradually lower the price every time they update the hardware.

    Regarding hardware updates, Apple did something totally unprecedented in releasing the MacBooks WITHOUT any fanfare. I expect this to become more of a trend. Expect Woodcrest Mac Pros to be released not at the keynote itself, but through a silent introduction the Tuesday before WWDC (I guess that's next week!). Especially if it's keeping the same old enclosure.

    Steve will NEED the whole two hours for demoing Leopard. It WILL be leaps and bounds better than Tiger. It'll be something that totally blindsides Vista and get the techno-journalists buzzing for months til Steve releases it at around MWSF.

    The keynote will have room for a recap of the Intel transition and probably one new piece of hardware. Maybe the Xserve to mark the END of the transition or a new enclosure for the MBP.

    iMacs and Mac Minis will probably get an updatge around the same time, but via silent releases. MacBooks are selling like hotcakes; no need for a revision for a while.

    ipods and the ITMS will get an update soon after, but definitely not during WWDC. Apple likes to spread things out a bit. Keep the momentum going in the Fall. Remember: we still have MW-France (consumer stuff) and Seybold (pro stuff) coming up.
  24. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The really big question here is not about Leopard or Intel Macs but...

    Sneakers or Socks & Sandals?

    We've seen both, which one will it be? By the way, socks + sandals = daggy.
  25. Paulhammer macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2006
    This, if true, could very possibly be for a potential Conroe iMac... and for anyone who says that it would no longer be silent - they stuck a G5 in the same darn enclosure, and it was quiet as a mouse. And barring the sun's surface, nothing is hotter than a G5.

    I Want:
    New Macbook Pros (W/ merom, new case, and user upgradable RAM)
    Macbook with merom :rolleyes:
    Mac DVR/Media center thingy
    New Finder!

    What We'll Maybe See:
    Mac Pro (with benchmarks showing that the lowest end Mac Pro outpaces the Quad G5 8 to 1 or something ridiculous)
    MBP merom w/ slight case modification (personally i'd like to see a darker aluminum color, the mag latch, and some more structural rigidity)

    But in all honesty, who the heck knows? We're guaranteed to be shocked beyond belief by something. Anybody know if it's being broadcast on the apple site?

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