My 2012 Apple notebook lineup prediction

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TSE, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. TSE, Nov 19, 2011
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    TSE macrumors 68030

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    11" MacBook Air - $999
    1366x768 LED Display
    Mid-Range Dual-Core AMD Piledriver CPU
    4 GBs of RAM (8 GBs optional, +$100)
    128 GB SSD (256 GB SSD Optional, +$200)
    Mid-Range AMD Piledriver GPU
    6 Hour Battery

    13" MacBook Air - $1099
    1440x900 LED Display
    Mid-Range Dual-Core AMD Piledriver CPU
    4 GBs of RAM (8 GBs optional, +$100)
    128 GB SSD (256 GB SSD Optional +$200)
    Mid-Range AMD Piledriver GPU
    8 Hour Battery

    13" MacBook Air - $1399
    1440x900 LED Display
    High-End Dual-Core AMD Piledriver CPU
    8 GBs of RAM
    256 GB SSD (512 GB SSD Optional, +$300)
    High-End AMD Piledriver GPU
    8 Hour Battery


    15" MacBook Pro - $1799
    1600x900 IPS Display
    Mid-Range Quad-Core Ivy-Bridge i5 Processor
    4 GBs of RAM
    500 GB 5400 RPM HD + 16 GB QuickLoad SSD
    AMD Radeon 7550M HD + Intel HD Graphics 4000
    9 Hour Battery
    4.7 pounds

    15" MacBook Pro - $2199
    1600x900 IPS Display
    High-End Quad-Core Ivy-Bridge i7 Processor
    8 GBs of RAM
    750GB 5400 RPM HD + 16 GB QuickLoad SSD
    AMD Radeon 7750M HD + Intel HD Graphics 4000
    9 Hour Battery
    4.7 pounds

    17" MacBook Pro - $2499
    1920x1080 IPS Display
    High-End Quad-Core Ivy-Bridge i7 Processor
    8 GBs of RAM
    750GB 5400 RPM HD + 16 GB QuickLoad SSD
    AMD Radeon 7750M HD + Intel HD Graphics 4000
    9 Hour Battery
    5.8 pounds

    Notes:
    -Redesigned MacBook Pros, optical drive is gone
    -Apple Optical Drive - $79
    -13" MacBook Pro is gone
    -IPS Displays consume more energy
    -Apple picks up AMD for the MacBook Air - less CPU power than Sandy Bridge, way more GPU Power, slightly less energy consumption
    -Move to AMD allows Apple to lower prices, further compete with Intel Ultrabook ripoffs
    -QuickLoad SSD - MacBook Air-like SSD, OS installed on it. Boots as fast as Airs.
     
  2. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Looks good. I think you're spot on with the removal of the 13" MBP. Product cannibalization between 13" MBP and 11/13" MBA.
     
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Agree on the 13'' going away. Based on the persistent rumors, I think that there will be a 15'' Air, while keeping the 15'' and 17'' MBP without significant redesigns.


    Other thoughts:

    a new entry level macbook, maybe based on the 13'' MBP, at or below $999. It wouldn't fit well with the 11'' Air and the rest of the lineup, but who knows.

    One the MBPs, how about replacing the touchpad with a touchscreen? Not sure what exactly this would be good for...
     
  4. some idiot macrumors member

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    I'd buy that high-end 15" MBP in a second, but I don't see it happening.

    Still can't decide if I should hold out in hopes of something like that or just take the safe route and buy a current MBP and upgrade it as needed.
     
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  6. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Apparently you are since you are 1. coming on a MacRumors forum and 2. replying to this thread.
     
  7. oiuh151 macrumors 6502

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    13" MBP is going to stay for the sole reason that Intel will be introducing 35W quad core chips that will put the Pro above and beyond anything a 13" MBA can handle. As well as the possibility of a discrete GPU being added with the optical drive removed.

    Oh and also why would Apple keep the 13" MBA at 16:10 while moving everything else to 16:9? The 13" would have a 1600x900 resolution if it were 16:9.
     
  8. Callumbear845 macrumors member

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    I like it, but I think that at 16 GB QuickLoad SSD is too small. Apple should just put in a 128 GB boot drive. It will be more effective that just a cache drive.
     
  9. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    Yeah but costs would balloon, 128gb still isn't big enough for a pro unit. I think the 16-32gb fast boot thing would be great
     
  10. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

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    13" MBP (#1 seller) gone.... LOL!

    I hope you don't read palms for a living. :)
     
  11. Spencer Reynen macrumors member

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    I would hate to see it go, but it is very likely going to happen.
     

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