MacBook Pro 13" - When will Apple use i5/i7?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hamzab, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. hamzab macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    When will Apple use i5/i7? in the 13" lineup of MacBook Pro's?
  2. Salacion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2010
  3. antster94 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2010
    London, UK
    I think i3 and maybe i5 is more likely than i7.
  4. hamzab thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    Uni is starting in just over a month. Should I hold out? When is the next revision likely to be?
  5. RedReplicant macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2010
  6. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    Probably late 2010 or early 2011 since the last revision was early 2010.
  7. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Mid 2010 was the last release, not Early 2010 suggesting Apple has no intention of delivering any new MBPs in 2010.
  8. DiamondGCoupe macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2007
    I don't see how much an iX core will improve the current 13". I would venture and guess they chose not to use the i3 or i5 (for the 2.66ghz model at least) possibly due to the decrease in overall battery life.. The 15" and 17" have 1-2 hour less battery cycle.
  9. reticulate macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2010
    I would say not likely until one of two things happens:

    1) Intel let Nvidia make chipsets for the i3/5/7 CPUs, which would allow for an OpenCL-compatible GPU;

    2) or the Sandy Bridge mobile launch sometime in 2011, where the integrated GPU performance is set to be much better.
  10. thecarrot macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2010
    It will be in March of '11 (My sources tell me)
  11. broad macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2009
    i doubt they will move to an i series in the 13"/air/mini until either intel's graphics improve or the lawsuit between intel and nvidia settles. i cant see apple degrading GPU performance exponentially in order to increase processor performance by a small amount.
  12. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    This is false.

    The 2010 MBP i5 has more battery life than the 2009 15 inch MBP C2D :rolleyes:
  13. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    The Sandy Bridge Intel HD is very good actually. It wipes the floor with the 9400m. It's even faster than the ATI 5450.

    The current i5/i7 Intel GPU can already beat the 9400m in some games.
  14. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    My dream Mac is a 13" MacBook Pro in antiglare (silver bezel too..), Core i5, discrete graphics (AMD... or ATI, whatever they are called now) and no optical drive so all this power can be crammed in.

    1280x800 resolution will do me fine..
  15. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I could be naive, but my guess is the biggest hurdle is cooling. We all know our macs can run pretty warm, and a i# processor is pretty powerful. I think when cooling can be better addressed, then they may upgrade processors.
  16. ljx718 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
    Didn't they not include it cus there wasn't space for a good gpu?
  17. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    I think this is an issue that nobody takes into account when they express their disappointment in Apple for using old processors. Heat is a major issue that nobody takes into account.
  18. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    they didnt include it because this way they make more $$
  19. c.dub macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    The reason there has never been discrete graphics in the 13" line is because of space and cooling.

    The current 13" MBP stayed Core 2 Duo because Apple couldn't use an Nvidia shared GPU with an i3 or any other iX processor. It would have been a step backwards in overall performance to go i3 with Intel HD graphics. It sucks, but makes sense.

    I'd like to have the newest 13" MBP with 320M GPU, as it is decently faster than mine with the 9400M, but selling my current one to buy a new one isn't worth the price IMO.

    Hopefully Nvidia and Intel can play nice soon...
  20. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    yes that is the way SJ explained it after he received comments on the 13" upgrade. some people believe it. he said something about "killer graphics" (with the 320M lol) but what he meant was "$$kaching$$".
  21. molala macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK

    not upgrading from my blackbook until then

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