- Apr 12, 2001
Apple's newly announced MacBook Pro will be shipping in February, but there are many unanswered questions about details of the new systems.
MacCentral offers a Q&A reference which addresses many of the issues that have been raised. In summary:
- Slower, single layer, DVD burner. The reason cited is that an ultra-slimline designed optical drive is required for the MacBook 1" thinkness form factor.
- S-Video port is gone, but a $19 adapter will give you S-Video again
- No Modem, No FW 800
- Brighter Screen but 60 less pixels vertically
- No official battery rating yet, but expectations are comparable battery life to previous PowerBooks
- The PowerBook 15" PowerPC is only available while supplies last, so has indeed been replaced by the MacBook Pro
- 12" and 17" PowerPC PowerBooks remain on sale.
Meanwhile, Xlr8YourMac notes that the new Intel Macs do include the following features:
- Boot from external Firewire drive
- Boot into Target Disk Mode
- Use Startup Manager ("opt" startup)
- Support full desktop support across dual monitors (not just mirroring)