Late-2011 MBP upgrades (hopefully)

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  1. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816

    ZMacintosh

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    Now that the Mac Mini is sans an Optical Drive and you can configure the Mini-Server with 750GB + SSD options; heres hoping Apple does that same option for MBP's. or even dual RAID SSD's.


    Off MBP topic, but does the new Mini sans SuperDrive have two SATA ports?
     
  2. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    nah I see the opti staying for at least another year.
     
  3. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    I highly doubt there will be a refresh JUST to remove the optical drive. I don't see it happening until the next Intel CPU comes out.
     
  4. marshallbedsaul macrumors 6502a

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    exactly
     
  5. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    Apple will most likely update MBP with complete new design. It will be inspired by current MBA design.

    MBP still has so many things that apple can improve.

    Late 2011 MBP is very possible. MBP is a laptop that doesn't go beyond 10 months refresh cycle. Last update was end of February, so I see apple going to redesign MBP for late October.
     
  6. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    I hope it's Liquid Metal!
     
  7. daneoni macrumors G4

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    All you Nastradamuses predicting an update in Q4 i have a question; what exactly will they update it with? Ivy Bridge isn't due till 2012 (ditto for AMD's next gen GPUs) at the earliest. So, again i ask...what will they update it with?
     
  8. tombubi macrumors regular

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    Is it possible that they release two refreshes during the same year?
     
  9. JronMasteR macrumors 6502

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    I agree. Apple will redesign the MBP, but not before the new Ivy Bridge CPU and the new AMD GPU's are out. They will come early 2012.
    Doesn't make any sense to launch the redesign with the current hardware.
     
  10. gpat macrumors 6502a

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    late 2011 -> few speedbumps, maybe only some BTO options, or maybe nothing (who cares?)
    1st half 2012 -> major redesign, Ivy Bridge, no ODD, etc.
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Everyone is flinging Liquid Metal around like it's the hot *****. I bet you don't even know what that would change compared to aluminum.
     
  12. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    The changes would be good however the biggest change would be in the price...
     
  13. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    I just stumbled upon the following rumor on MacRumors.com from April 25, 2011:

    Next MacBook Pro to Get New Case Design:
    Hopefully "Next year" is relative to 2010.

    Though if they do come in 2011, the new line wouldn't be such a "milestone" (as quoted) without Ivy Bridge processors, which only come in 2012.

    As much as I would like to see the new line of MBPs come late 2011, I'm doubtful.
     
  14. tonyunreal macrumors regular

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    My prediction:

    Slight speed bump
    OS X Lion with iTunes 10.5
    Keyboard with icons for Mission Control and Launchpad
    Internet Recovery
    Dual Thunderbolt port
     
  15. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    I find application-specific keys tacky: the keyboard of a computer shouldn't make assumptions about which OS is running, even less which apps are available.

    There's already one for Dashboard currently which is surprising coming from Apple (perfectionists). Two more of those for Launchpad and Mission Control would make it 3 times as tacky :rolleyes:, I hope they won't stoop to that level.
     
  16. Daniel97 macrumors 6502a

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    the new air has a launchpad key ..
     
  17. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, wow :mad:. Then all I can hope for is those new key(s) don't make it in the next Pros...
     
  18. Starfyre macrumors 68030

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    Dual Thunderbolt would defeat the purpose of daisychaining. USB 3.0 more likely.
     
  19. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

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    would be nice if they released a ivy bridge mbp early next year... with new design and no OD and thinner haha. that's what i'm hoping for at least
     
  20. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    Benefits of Liquid Metal...

    Let see...

    * Lighter Weight

    * Stronger could allow the case to be thinner

    * More Scratch / Dent Resistant

    * Could possibly have better heat dissipation

    * Add a "New Darker Look" to the MBP line
     
  21. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    My Sandisk thumb drive is made of liquidmetal and it is pretty cool. You can drive over it with a car and the data is still fine ;)
     
  22. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm talking about... a MBP that you could drive over and not worry about!
     
  23. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Don't hold your breath.

    As Daneoni points out, there isn't an Intel upgrade until next year's Ivy Bridge. And with MBPs selling as well as they are, there's no need for Apple to "update" them until the next iteration, most likely in Feb/March of next year.
     
  24. Titanium81 macrumors 6502a

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    12 - 13 months away????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    I do admit the Latest MBP's (15" & 17") are very nice :)

    I wouldn't mind having the same hardware, I just want an updated case.
     
  25. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Well, you're now looking at ~7 months away.

    And it would make no engineering or business sense to put the same guts into a differently styled enclosure.
     

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