If the new MBP doesn't have _______ I'm switching/not buying

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cronin1024, Feb 14, 2010.


If not included, what would prevent you from buying the next MBP?

  1. Arrandale (Core i5/i7)

    174 vote(s)
  2. USB 3.0

    48 vote(s)
  3. Discrete graphics (Arrandale has onboard graphics)

    108 vote(s)
  4. Blu-Ray

    25 vote(s)
  5. Higher resolution/IPS displays

    77 vote(s)
  6. Other

    12 vote(s)
  7. I'll buy it anyway

    69 vote(s)
  8. I'm not going to buy it

    18 vote(s)
  1. cronin1024 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2010
    There's been endless speculation/hoping concerning what hardware Apple will upgrade when they get around to updating the line. I thought it might be interesting to see where people's priorities are. Select any element, if any, that would prevent you from purchasing the next MB/cause you to switch to PC hardware if omitted.

    Personally, I think I'll buy it anyway. I'd pick up a current gen model if the new ones weren't so close (though the waiting is killing me).
  2. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Other: built in Phaser to attack PCs
    Blu-Ray burner
    second Blu-Ray drive, for the sake of it..
    OEM Windows 7
    OS X 10.9

    uh.. yea. xD
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Core i5 and USB 3 is all I'm holding out for. But I'm guessing both of those going mainstream in macs won't happen until at least the end of this year.
  4. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    With MBP refresh imminent, Mac Pro around March, Apple might want to update those earlier than later for USB3 at least, maybe Wifi direct, BT 3 when that's available.
  5. Davidkoh macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2008
    Only thing that would get me to update is getting rid of the stupid internal DVD-drive to make room for maybe a better graphics card but most importantly better battery life :)
  6. blake. macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    if it doesn't come with arrandale chips, it's not a mid-spec laptop.
    if it doesn't come with USB3, it's not a top-spec laptop.

    and therefore not worth the £1800 price tag, even if it's bloody beautiful.
  7. Inutopia macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2009
    South of Heaven
    The case is a 'spec' and it is beyond top-spec.
  8. blake. macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    why would you buy a computer at such a high premium, with outdated technology, just because it looks nice?

    i was all ready to buy until i asked myself that question, now i'm waiting for the refresh.
  9. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2002
    What good is the awesomest gorgeousest and unibodiest case if it contains outdated technology?

    Besides, other manufacturers have pretty good cases too now. Sony uses carbon fiber on some laptops, which is very nice, and the higher-end HPs conform to the US-military's durability standards (with spill-resistant keyboards and other neat features).
  10. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    Thanks that was fun. It was more like filling out a wishlist than I am switching ultimatium crap.
    Anyways the three I would like are i5 in base 13, so the bigger computers get some nice higher end CPUs, and i3 is a budget CPU.
    Then an ips display in the entire lineup.
    And finally discrete graphics, even in the 13, cause intel graphics suck
  11. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    All I would like is Firewire 3200, USB 3 is rather useless; LightPeak would be nice when it comes out. As far as BluRay: won't happen until, or unless, there is a 9.5mm slot-loading player ... Apple will not make the laptops as much as 1mm thicker to accommodate the current players, and will never use a tray-load player.
  12. ronjon10 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2009
    All I'm really looking for is the Arrandale, better graphics chip, and improved resolution at the 16x10 ratio.

    With fire wire, I don't have any need for usb3.0. It'd be fine if it was there, I'm not expecting it.

    I use my dvd about 1x/year these days for loading the occasional piece of software. Blu ray would up the cost for no benefit to me. I'd really love to dump the optical drive altogether for more battery life.

    I'd love to have an SSD option.
  13. bananaboi macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    Lol i can't believe people would actually buy the MBP without core i5/i7. I wouldn't even think about buying it if it had core2duos still.
  14. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    Arrandale would be nice but isn't a dealbreaker for me. I need a laptop not desperately but badly enough that it doesn't make sense to wait for yet another refresh. Arrandale would be the difference between buying low-end and replacing in 2-2.5 years vs buying high end and making it last 4+years.

    What's really killing me are the graphics. My 5-year-old desktop video card has 256MB of memory, and it struggles with multiple Adobe apps open and some Flash running in a browser. It's ridiculous to me that a "pro" laptop would be released with graphics comparable to what was available 5 years ago. 5 years!

    IPS or USB3 would be gravy, but aren't crucial. I would really really really like an ExpressCard slot in the 15", but will live without it.
  15. wafl iron macrumors regular

    Nov 16, 2007
    am expensing a mbp for my company anyway and i have until April to do it so dont care what's in it. just as long as i can the latest n greatest.
  16. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2005
    Quad-core (I'll probably have to wait for Sandy Bridge in 2011)
    Switchable graphics (between integrated and discrete) without logging off
    Minimum 512MB VRAM
    USB 3.0
    FW 3200
    ExpressCard Slot
    256 SSD standard

    EDIT: in a 13" form factor
  17. awesomedeluxe macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Great topic. Given how long it's taking Apple to update their notebooks, expectations ought to be a little high--if they're going to trump the Viao Z and HP Envy, anyway.

    Arrandale: no-brainer.

    Blu-ray: Don't care. I will replace the optical drive with an hdd regardless.

    USB 3.0: not happening, but a major selling point if it did.

    Dedicated graphics: at this point optimus implementation is pretty much expected and if they wait too much longer I'm going to want to see Fermi.

    Screen: IPS. iMac has it, iPad has it, and it could really help sell the notebooks too. A res boost never hurts either.
  18. shambo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    I ticked 'other' because I am holding out until they all have the BadBoy Pro moniker. :cool:
  19. Winters macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010
    I read some silly post here about people wanting to remove the ethernet connection and the dvd drive. If apple did both of those thing I would probably not get the next mbp.
    Other than that I would love to see an ips screen and maybe even more battery life but both probably aren't compatible :p since I heard that ips screens use more power also a regular dvi connection would be nice to but that wont happen.
  20. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    Wow yeah, it's really not time yet to remove ethernet, not in the UK anyway. I still use it when the wireless starts playing up, which happens quite often.

    As for the DVD drive. I wouldn't miss it as long as we started getting USB drives with drivers, installers on them etc when we bought stuff. A lot of people have big DVD collections though, so I guess it's too early to lose that also.

    If we get Core 2 Duos again now I won't be buying a new one, I'll go refurb instead on the last updates..
  21. orangeturtle13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Now that steam is coming to Mac...

    A 13" with;
    Switchable graphics without logging off
    1GB VRAM
    256 SSD
    i5 or i7
    would make me quite happy.

    I would at least like to see something that compares with the options on the 13" Viao
  22. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Yeah, not time to remove ethernet... but it might be time to make the connector smaller and take up less space:


    (although, that might just be so they can fit it in the next MacBook Air)
  23. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    An i5/i7 CPU is obvious. But having an IPS screen would be really nice.
  24. Waldszenen macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010
    The only one that's really a necessity for me is the i5/i7. I'd cry if they removed the optical drive - I have 690 CDs and 300 DVDs that would like to be used :)

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