Best guess on when the MacBook gets better graphics?

themanfromvlad

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Mar 11, 2006
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I'll be buying a new Mac sometime after Leopard comes out. I'd love to get a MacBook, but the integrated intel graphics with on 64MB seems way too paltry.

Do you think there will be a MacBook update before next year?
 

Sun Baked

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May 19, 2002
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upgrade to the next generation Intel Integrated graphics with the new chipsets.

Any day, or a year from now.

The transition is longer than expected.
 

johantheolive

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Nov 1, 2005
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Are you referring to a newer integrated gfx chip, or an actual dedicated one? Integrated will probably be sometime next year, pure guess though and is imminent.
A dedicated card may never happen as that's one of the main aspects that set the MBP apart from the MB.

What is causing your distasted in the the current 945 chipset? I would guess gaming, which can be done with the MB but not great. WoW runs very playable but not that much better than my iBook (which had a dedicated Radeon 9550). If you're not going to be utilizing the graphics card I wouldn't worry about it. I just bought my MB and wasn't happy about the gfx but I've not had any problems with it. OS X still looks purdy as ever:D
 

flopticalcube

macrumors G4
After Leopard, by MWSF at the latest.

'll be buying a new Mac sometime after Leopard comes out. I'd love to get a MacBook, but the integrated intel graphics with on 64MB seems way too paltry.
The graphics card only starts out at 64MB. It can grow beyond that if the need arises to 224MB (and, no, it is not only Windows that can do it, it works under Tiger as well).

The next gen GPU is the X3100 and is twice as fast as the GMA950. It also has built in hardware T & L.
 

Vidd

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Mar 7, 2006
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Seriously.

If graphics are that important to you, get the Pro.

On an investment like a portable computer, get a really good one.

Spend more, worry less.
It's a big jump between the two or else I'd get a MBP myself.
If the only problem is the graphics card, it's not worth it but it can still be a valid concern.
 

RedTomato

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Mar 4, 2005
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I'm on the edge of buying a macbook myself, as an upgrade from my powerbook 15".

Only thing holding me back is the nagging sense that an update is immient.

I'd be happy with any one of the following:

- Updated graphics e.g. the integrated X3100 (for future proofing)
- LCD screen (cheaper for apple than putting it in the MacBook Pros)
- Santa Rosa (battery life extension!)

Then again, it could be not till next year :( My sense of history tells me that if not in September, then it won't happen till next spring.

I feel that apple launches new models in periods of low demand (i.e. after the back to school rush, and after the xmas rush), maybe so that bugs can be ironed out with minimum fuss.

What do you think?