Macbook refresh = Higher Resolution?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by g3funk, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. g3funk macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2008
    Hey all, I like the rest of us out there believe that there will be some kind of a laptop refresh during the summer. This would be uncharacteristic but you could always be hopeful. I was wondering if you all believe Apple is happy with the current resolution and will not jump it? Any ideas would be pimp, thanks
  2. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
  3. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    The PowerBook G4 15" had a lower resolution than 1440x900 for years although it was updated. So I wouldn't rule it out solely on the basis that it has been that way for a while. Although it is unlikely.
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
  6. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    I very much doubt there will be a summer update. The next generation of Intel's mobile CPUs is announced for the third quarter in this year so if they are released somewhere around August, it will take at least a month or two for Apple to put them in MacBooks, which translates to October.

    The only way Apple could make an earlier update would be if they it was a major looks update. Since the last update was exactly that, I don't see how they could make something new in the following 2-3 months. There's simply nothing new to put in.

    But when they do update it at the end of Q3, I hope there is a resolution update as well. Many manufacturers are offering better resolutions.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I don't think Apple has ever really been convinced that they want high DPI screens. There's really... what, only one 130DPI screen right now still, right (the higher resolution MBP 17" screen)? Everything else hovers around 105-115.

    From that standpoint, I'd find it fairly unlikely....
  8. andalusia macrumors 68030


    Apr 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    Do Apple not work with Intel? Could they not be testing the new chips already in new Macbooks? They may be released at similar times if this is the case...
  9. g3funk thread starter macrumors member


    Oct 2, 2008
    Thanks guys and gals out there for some amazing responses. Yeah, this is exactly what I figured and the resolution has been the same for soooo long, I doubt they would jump it but it is always great to see how the community feels. They still have some very enticing deals on the 2.4ghz refurb so I believe I will pull the trigger. If you guys are looking for a Mac centric, fun, and sort of unknown podcast you should check out My Untitled Folder (a play on my little pony) at Peace!
  10. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Everyone in the laptop market works with Intel, I'm just describing how things were in the past. There is always a gap between the release of chips and actual release of new laptops.

    All MacBook releases:

    Napa was introduced in January 2006, first Intel MacBooks that included it were released on May 16th 2006.

    Merom, the first mobile Core 2 Duo chip, was released on July 27th 2006, Apple released the MacBook with it on November 8th 2006.

    The next update by Apple was on May 15th 2007, although it was just a clock boost and the chips have been available since the launch of Merom.

    Santa Rosa was released on May 7th 2007, Apple put it in their machine on November 1st 2007.

    Penryn was released on January 6th 2008, HP released their model in late January, Apple released the MacBook with those chips on February 26th 2008.

    Montevina platform update was released on July 15th 2008, MacBooks were updated on October 14th 2008.

    On average, the wait is three and a half months, the fastest response Apple produced being Penryn, which was a couple of days less than 2 months.

    How does that make sense? It's like saying "OS X hasn't been updated soooo long, this must mean it surely won't be updated for a while longer". If you ask me, the longer they keep the same resolution, the more likely it is for the next update to change it, since it's getting older and older while technology is advancing.
  11. Jameson626 macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2009
    I would love to see a resolution bump up to 1440x900, but I doubt it'll happen.

    As for mobile Nehalem processors, don't forget that Apple switched to Nvidia chipsets with the October refresh, and last time I checked (which admittedly was a while ago) Nvidia and Intel were in a legal battle over Nvidia's right to manufacture chipsets which support Nehalem processors.

    IMHO we won't see Nehalem come to the MacBooks until at least early next year, and that assuming Intel and Nvidia settle their differences. Hopefully Nvidia will win out, otherwise we're likely to see a return to Intel chipsets and crappy integrated graphics :(
  12. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    It depends entirely on what kind of panels LG, Samsung and other Apple suppliers produce. I also hope that the next model will have 1440x900 for the 13" Macbook and 1680x1050 for the 15". Hopefully better quality panels overall, especially when it comes to viewing angles.
  13. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    Part of me says I hope so... Then the other part says I hope not as I will miss out :eek:
  14. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I will die of happiness when apple incorporates OLED screens into their MacBooks. :D:D:D
  15. whitemacbook macrumors member


    Mar 1, 2009
    I'd buy one in a heartbeat
    Macbook HR (1440*900)

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