A few questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MarshallM, May 20, 2007.

  1. MarshallM macrumors member

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    Hello all,

    Sorry about this topic - I'm sure you get thousands of these a month to answer! But any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I'm looking to upgrade my laptop from my old iBook G4 to a new one (I'm in the UK). I would be using it for university next year, and might want to do a touch of gaming on it (Counter Strike probably). Looking at the MB and MBP models, the only real difference seems to be the GPU, screen size and price. I'm looking into the second MBP (15", 256mb VRAM). If it wasn't for the screen size I would buy the MB, but I do a little design/development work too.

    The only questions I have are as follows:
    1. Does 256mb compared to 128mb VRAM make much of a difference?
    2. Are Apple planning to swap the keyboard style over to that stylish type on the new MacBooks?
    3. How long should I wait before purchasing one? I'm looking at getting one around Christmas this year, but I don't know when Apple do updates (seems to be a cycle?). This could effect if I wait longer or buy sooner!
    4. Discount wise - difference between FE/Dev?

    Once again, thank you. :)

    Matt.
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

    janey

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    Christmas is close to MWSF where product updates are often announced, but honestly...:D This is a rumor site, there's plenty of stuff floating around, and it can be hard. A good place to start is http://buyersguide.macrumors.com to find out more about the MBP.

    I believe you can look up the differences :eek:

    Dev discounts on the pro machines (MBP, Mac Pro) are very nice.
     
  3. netdog macrumors 603

    netdog

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    For 3D stuff it does. Otherwise not, though with resolution independence and god knows what else coming down the road, I feel a lot better about having 256.

    Who knows? That is the only thing that I miss about my MB (and the black plastic)

    The Santa Rosa upgrade coming most likely by June 11 for all MBPs (if not before) and should also feature an LED screen on the MBP 15" with the others to catchup later (including the MBs well before Christmas).

    I was a MB owner who was gifted a MBP 2.33 15", and I am really surprised at how much more I like the Pro. The screen is fab.
     

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