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As we approach the expected updates for the MacBook Pro line, we tend to start hearing about possible release dates. There are typically some false starts, so it's hard to be sure, but the first contender for this round appears to be March 1st.

Danish blogger KennethLund.dk claims to have heard from a source in one of the major Danish Apple resellers that MacBook Pro models are on tight supply but that the newly updated models will arrive on March 1st.

March 1st falls on a Tuesday which is typical for Apple's releases. The MacBook Pro was last updated in April of 2010 and is due for an update. While there had been some concern that the new models would be delayed by Intel's manufacturing issues, the latest reports claim that any delay will be minimal.

The MacBook Pro will likely adopt Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors. Many also expect that some of the models may take design cues from the MacBook Airs. The latest MacBook Air moved away from traditional hard drives and are now using smaller SSD sticks to save on space. The MacBook Air has also never included a built-in optical drive in another effort to reduce weight and space.

Article Link: March 1st as Possible Date for New MacBook Pros?
 

mdgm

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March the 1st sounds good. Should give time for people to buy before the free ipod touch promo finishes in late March down here.
 

Rm.237

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Awe shucks! I was really wanting to see another epic "Waiting for ____" thread. :( Course that is if this is true. Which I don't think it is.

-Arandale thread survivor.
 

aiqw9182

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Sweet, ready to replace my 13" with a more powerful 15". Please keep 16:10 ratio displays though. 16:9 should only be for TVs. :mad:

I'd be OK with going from 16:10 to 16:9 if the resolutions went something like this:
13" - 1440x900 to 1600x900
15" - 1680x1050 to 1920x1080
17" - 1920x1200 to 2048x1152
 

jjahshik32

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I'd be OK with going from 16:10 to 16:9 if the resolutions went something like this:
13" - 1440x900 to 1600x900
15" - 1680x1050 to 1920x1080
17" - 1920x1200 to 2048x1152

LOL, I dont see how going from 16:10 to 16:9 is going to dramatically super increase the size of the resolution to phenomenal levels! :D
 

goobot

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If they remove the optical drive that can give a lot of space for ssd memory. Than all software can just go on flash disc drives.
 

dagamer34

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Would an Apple store really know?
Also, when is the last time Apple actually released something on a Tuesday? Wednesday seems to be the day now.

Numerous Apple store people have told me that they don't know any sooner than we do. And it's a rare occasion that anything is released on the same day it's announced anymore. There's usually at least a 1-2 day delay because boxes reveal specs.

My dream list for the next MacBook Pro update:

1) SSD shipping by default (no more spinning hard drives)
2) SSD in packages like the MacBook Air (reduced space)
3) Death of the optical drive (more reduced space, no one uses it on a regular basis anyway)
4) Larger battery
5) 13" gets 1440x900 as default screen resolution
6) 15" gets 1680x1050 as default screen resolution
7) All LED screens are now IPS like the iPad/iPhone 4
8) 13" gets discrete graphics (because of #2 and 3 giving increased space for cooling)
9) Bluetooth 3.0 (just for good measure)

Yep, that'd be a pretty worthwhile update. Of course, since it's Apple, we'll get about 1/2 this stuff by 2013, but of course the world will have ended by then. =/
 

aiqw9182

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I highly doubt they remove the optical drive from the Macbook Pro... All of Apple's "pro" applications are CD based and can't see coming to the Mac App Store
https://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/07/apple-to-eliminate-retail-box-software-inventory/

LOL, I dont see how going from 16:10 to 16:9 is going to dramatically super increase the size of the resolution to phenomenal levels! :D
Uhh, it's not a dramatic increase. The only thing that's increasing is width.

I hate 16:9 on computers! It's a terrible resolution. Simply too wide and not tall enough.
The physical height of a monitor is irrelevant if the gains in resolution make up for it.

The fact is if Apple goes 16:9 they only have the following options
1366x768 (11" Air)
1600x900 (13")
1920x1080 (15")
2048x1152 (17")
 

dagamer34

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I highly doubt they remove the optical drive from the Macbook Pro... All of Apple's "pro" applications are CD based and can't see coming to the Mac App Store

Remote Disc lets you install software using another computer with a DVD drive on your local network. You don't need to buy the $80 USB SuperDrive if you don't use it that often.
 

appleguy123

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Numerous Apple store people have told me that they don't know any sooner than we do. And it's a rare occasion that anything is released on the same day it's announced anymore. There's usually at least a 1-2 day delay because boxes reveal specs.

My dream list for the next MacBook Pro update:

1) SSD shipping by default (no more spinning hard drives)
2) SSD in packages like the MacBook Air (reduced space)
3) Death of the optical drive (more reduced space, no one uses it on a regular basis anyway)
4) Larger battery
5) 13" gets 1440x900 as default screen resolution
6) 15" gets 1680x1050 as default screen resolution
7) All LED screens are now IPS like the iPad/iPhone 4
8) 13" gets discrete graphics (because of #2 and 3 giving increased space for cooling)
9) Bluetooth 3.0 (just for good measure)

Yep, that'd be a pretty worthwhile update. Of course, since it's Apple, we'll get about 1/2 this stuff by 2013, but of course the world will have ended by then. =/

I agree with all of these, but I think that if anything IPS will be a bto configuration. Are they really expensive for larger sizes?
 

ECUpirate44

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Awe shucks! I was really wanting to see another epic "Waiting for ____" thread. :( Course that is if this is true. Which I don't think it is.

-Arandale thread survivor.

I miss all of my waiting for Arrandale buddies lol.

I highly doubt they remove the optical drive from the Macbook Pro... All of Apple's "pro" applications are CD based and can't see coming to the Mac App Store

I agree. I think it will definitely happen soon, but not quite yet. I can see a lot of non heavy users looking at it and say what!? it doesn't even have a CD drive? The fact of the matter is is that they dont realize how much better the computer could be without it or how infrequently they actually use it.
 
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Jdstew1234

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I just got my paycheck last week that let me afford the high end thirteen inch, I am happy now
 

Scottsdale

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Does anyone else think it's ridiculous to update the highest selling Macs only once every eleven months?

The MBPs used to get updates about twice per year. It doesn't seem right not at least spec bumping them every six months.

That being said, rather than worry about Intel CPUs, I think there are far more important considerations - faster SATA, faster drives like MBA has, better displays, better GPUs, better drivers for the graphics system, more RAM, and a design that completely eliminates optical drives in favor of thinner MBPs and 13" MBPs with discrete graphics. DVDs and CDs are dead... legacy support via external drives.

Would be great if Apple actually treated the MBP like a MacBook PRO! Emphasis on PRO for professional grade MacBook.
 

jjahshik32

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https://www.macrumors.com/2011/02/07/apple-to-eliminate-retail-box-software-inventory/


Uhh, it's not a dramatic increase. The only thing that's increasing is width.


The physical height of a monitor is irrelevant if the gains in resolution make up for it.

The fact is if Apple goes 16:9 they only have the following options
1366x768 (11" Air)
1600x900 (13")
1920x1080 (15")
2048x1152 (17")

Personally, I wouldnt want those resolutions on such cramped sized displays. I really hope 16:9 doesnt happen.
 

macduke

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IPS display? Higher resolution? SSD by default? No SuperDrive? Extra HDD option? More battery life? Updated design?

I'm so torn about whether to upgrade to this model or wait for the next. I was thinking about waiting until Lion and getting a free iPod Touch out of the deal for the wife (she uses my original iPhone as one now), but now I might wait for the quad-core mobile chips that are coming around Novemeber that fit Apple's TDP of 35W (Intel's Ivy Bridge). But my machine is starting to feel so slow, especially for the near poster sized 300dpi designs I've been making for class lately in CS5. With senior year coming up, a faster machine is really going to be needed to stay ahead. Maybe I should just get an iMac instead?
 

aiqw9182

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Me too. If Apple goes 16:9, I think I'll have to keep my mid 2009 for a long time.

Personally, I wouldnt want those resolutions on such cramped sized displays. I really hope 16:9 doesnt happen.

Uhh, it's only like a 10 PPI increase. I've never heard someone say "I want a lower resolution display". If you want to avoid a refresh for a simple aspect ratio chance that results in a gain of horizontal pixels then be my guest and do so. The only one that would receive a decrease in vertical pixels would be the 17" by about 50 pixels but the 15" would gain 30 vertical pixels by going 16:9.
 
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