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Several readers have received shipping notices for their MacBook Pro orders. Photos of the first MacBook Pros are also appearing on the web:

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The 15" MacBook Pro was announced on January 10th 2006 at Macworld San Francisco, but the initial shipments weren't expected until mid February. Apple also surprised customers by announcing earlier this week that the 15" MacBook Pro would be shipping at higher processor speeds than originally announced.

The 15" PowerBooks are slowly being phased out of Apple's product line. Apple had previously said that the previous G4 PowerBook would only be sold while supplies lasted.
 

EricNau

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I wonder why Apple decided to up the processor speeds. :confused:

Maybe Intel gave them a better deal on the faster processors (after all, if everyone uses a faster intel processor it makes intel look good).

Or...

Apple's previous benchmarks were wrong so they needed to make up for it?

Or...

Apple had planed it all along.
 

syklee26

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that bottom picture

the picture that shows the bottom of macbook is intriguing. did i see it correctly that it shows the memory slot?

so i don't need tiny phillips screws anymore maybe....

you had to expect the increase in size of powerbrick....

someone turn that thing on and tell us the battery life please!
 

Plecky

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Second that...

syklee26 said:
the picture that shows the bottom of macbook is intriguing. did i see it correctly that it shows the memory slot?

so i don't need tiny phillips screws anymore maybe....

you had to expect the increase in size of powerbrick....

someone turn that thing on and tell us the battery life please!
Yes please, please turn it on and tell us the battery life (first the estimated from the indicator in the menu bar, then maybe the real world battery life with power settings both on high and low). Doubt it will happen, but I am keeping my hopes up and high that someone early this upcoming will not let me down. Time for the MacRumors community to show what they're made of!:D
 

Arnel

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syklee26 said:
the picture that shows the bottom of macbook is intriguing. did i see it correctly that it shows the memory slot?

so i don't need tiny phillips screws anymore maybe....

you had to expect the increase in size of powerbrick....

someone turn that thing on and tell us the battery life please!
No, I think you're seeing the battery compartment, and what you can see at the bottom of the battery compartment looks it it could be the underside of the trackpad.

I think the small compartment adjacent to the battery compartment (towards the back of the machine) is where the memory goes. It looks like you'll still need to remove the battery and then remove some screws to open the faceplate.
 

alep85

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Is it just me but did they redesign the battery too?
Yes, its a new lithium polymer (Li-Poly) battery, unlike the Li-Ion batteries in the Powerbook G4's and iBook G4's. Supposed to be a little more durable and better hold a charge. So you're right on the battery redesign, let's just hope this translates to better battery life, even with the brighter screen!
 

Photorun

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Wait, that does look like a new battery design, and it's covering possibly the airport card and screws for the RAM upgrade... maybe!!!

Can't wait to order one in the next month or so!
 

kwajo.com

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it looks more like the bottom of the 17" powerbook. The dual slide releases for the battery, the fact you have to remove the battery to gain access to the screw for the memory door, the placement of the memory panel above the battery, it's all the same as the 17", whose design I always preferred anyway.

crazy box though, very very thin compared to the old one, which is good, I've got enough giant Mac boxes around here. :D anyone else have that Giant original G5 box? that thing is a monster
 

Felldownthewell

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alep85 said:
Yes, its a new lithium polymer (Li-Poly) battery, unlike the Li-Ion batteries in the Powerbook G4's and iBook G4's. Supposed to be a little more durable and better hold a charge. So you're right on the battery redesign, let's just hope this translates to better battery life, even with the brighter screen!

This is another one of those "The guy at the apple store tells me" but I thought I'd share anyway. So the guy I was speaking to told me that they never get told anything in advance, and that they know about new apple products as soon as we the consumers do, but when things do get changed and released, they know why (i.e, they know why they upped the processor speed on the macbook, but he wouldn't tell me). So he told me that they used this new technology (Li-poly, as said somewhere else) that holds a better charge than Li-Ion. He said that they could have left the screen the same and gotten about 7 hours of battery life, but instead they upped the display brightness and the battery life will be similar to the old powerbooks (4-5.5 hrs depending on use)
 

wwworry

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I think those kind of batteries get a longer lasting charge after a few recharges. So the first reports of battery life might be lower than what they will be.
 

MacinDoc

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EricNau said:
I wonder why Apple decided to up the processor speeds. :confused:

Maybe Intel gave them a better deal on the faster processors (after all, if everyone uses a faster intel processor it makes intel look good).

Or...

Apple's previous benchmarks were wrong so they needed to make up for it?

Or...

Apple had planed it all along.
Nothing to gain by it; only reason was so they could put the 1.66 GHz Duos in the iBook/MacBook
 
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