Macbook Pro revisions?

yadmonkey

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I was in the Apple store today looking at the Macbook Pro, which I'm about ready to pull the trigger on. They said they are all out of 15" computers, have been for a while, but get a couple in one in a while. He also said it's taking people about 2 weeks to get them online through Apple. According to the Apple site, there is a 7-10 day delay.

So might this mean the MBP is between revisions? Have there been any revisions so far on this iteration?

As a side question - does getting Applecare mean that you can never upgrade the hard drive without voiding your warrantee? It doesn't look like the hard drive is user-accessible... is it anything like on the Powerbook G4s or have they made it at least a tad easier?
 

MacDonaldsd

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Theres nothing to upgrade the MBP to. They only upgraded them in June so they won't get an update for another few months.

There is the new 2.8GHz processor in the iMac but I think there more likely to make that a build to order option, than bother with a overhaul of the product line.

The hard drive is not user accessible in the MBP only the RAM so it would void your apple care.
 

yadmonkey

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Theres nothing to upgrade the MBP to. They only upgraded them in June so they won't get an update for another few months.

There is the new 2.8GHz processor in the iMac but I think there more likely to make that a build to order option, than bother with a overhaul of the product line.

The hard drive is not user accessible in the MBP only the RAM so it would void your apple care.
Thanks for your reply, but I'm not talking about upgrades - I mean revisions. Often Apple's laptops are released and then quietly revised with bug fixes and little manufacturing tweaks. If Apple's stock is ultra-low on the 15-inchers, that might imply that there's a new batch in the works.
 

MacDonaldsd

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I think its more down to the lack of LED displays and the latest revisions are very popular.

LED Displays
800 mhz bus
Support for 4GB RAM
Decent Graphics cards.

All introduced this revision so it pleased a lot of people waiting for one of the above.
 

Tom McMahon

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Supply and demand

As already mentioned the 15" MBP was recently revised. I believe the wait is due to either an increased demand for the product or a production supply problem. There were delays right after the SRs were introduced if you ordered the 7200rpm drive, could be a similar issue with something needed for all 15" SRs (my guess is the screen and/or back lighting).
 

future macnerd

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another reason for the delay might be that school is just starting so anyone that wanted a mbp for school (especially college students) would have been ordering it in the past month or so and they just weren't ready for the rush. just a guess
 

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This is my first MBP it came this way, after cal it was better but had a yellow 1/2 of bottom on left side.



After supercal, but bottom stayed yellow
 

yadmonkey

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The return to school and availability of parts are good theories. Still, I think some people are misunderstanding me...

I wasn't thinking about upgrades or revisions which could be quantified with specifications. Typically, after a new Apple computer is released, they find ways to tweak the manufacturing process and eliminate bugs or potential problems. This could mean anything from changing a fan to using better thermal paste... any little change which helps them avoid the service calls which are typical to the first batch. Maybe they found a way to better avoid the yellowing problems. Nothing you could see in the specs though.

So that's all I was wondering about... I know there are people who track this stuff.
 

ChrisTheHokie

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The return to school and availability of parts are good theories. Still, I think some people are misunderstanding me...

I wasn't thinking about upgrades or revisions which could be quantified with specifications. Typically, after a new Apple computer is released, they find ways to tweak the manufacturing process and eliminate bugs or potential problems. This could mean anything from changing a fan to using better thermal paste... any little change which helps them avoid the service calls which are typical to the first batch. Maybe they found a way to better avoid the yellowing problems. Nothing you could see in the specs though.

So that's all I was wondering about... I know there are people who track this stuff.
That's fine, but any theories along those lines would be just as much speculation as the others as nobody with a source has stepped up with any solid info in this forum. ;)
 

rychencop

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I see that some of you say you are currently waiting for your MBP to arrive. The web site says 7-10 days before it's shipped. Say another 7 days for it to arrive. Is that on track or is it taking longer than that?

Thanks
 

Jestered

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Upgrading the hard drive does NOT void your warranty. If you damage anything during the upgrade, it will not be covered under the warranty. I don't know why so many people think you can't upgrade parts on these machines without voiding the warranty. It is simple. If you screw something up during the upgrade, that is not covered under the warranty, but the rest of the computer is still covered.
 

yadmonkey

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Upgrading the hard drive does NOT void your warranty. If you damage anything during the upgrade, it will not be covered under the warranty. I don't know why so many people think you can't upgrade parts on these machines without voiding the warranty. It is simple. If you screw something up during the upgrade, that is not covered under the warranty, but the rest of the computer is still covered.
Thanks for that clarification... do you happen to know if the Macbook Pro hard drive replacement is any easier than the G4 Powerbooks? I operated on quite a few of those and while they generally weren't too bad, occasionally I'd get one which would give me trouble.
 

yadmonkey

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I live in a college town which is also a very Mac-friendly town - Boulder, CO. You walk into any coffee shop and it seems the Mac:pC ratio is very tilted in Macs favor. That said, I've noticed that college students typically have Macbooks, not Pros. So I'm guessing the back-to-school effect, while real, doesn't tell the whole story.

Perhaps it's LCD availability, but as someone who's about to pull the trigger, it'd be nice to think that they're ironing out some manufacturing kinks in the process.
 

Jestered

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Thanks for that clarification... do you happen to know if the Macbook Pro hard drive replacement is any easier than the G4 Powerbooks? I operated on quite a few of those and while they generally weren't too bad, occasionally I'd get one which would give me trouble.
The updgrade procedure is about the same as far as difficulty. From my experience the MBPs are easier because those pesky PB clips are much easier on the MBP. I have had a couple that were stubborn as hell though. For the most part it is pretty much the same.