New MacBook Pros and LEOPARD: Compatibility

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by r1400sch, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. r1400sch macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2007
    I'm a long time lurker here but have a big question about the recently released laptops.

    Since a beta version of Leopard is supposed to be released at the WWDC within hours from now (its late night on sunday here), I was wondering if anyone tested the new OS on a new MBP, the santa rosa one that was just released. Does it run smoothely? Is it even faster than 10.4? And because it runs so well, do you think that these laptops were built to ship with Leopard, which was originally scheduled to be released @ WWDC, but don't only because of the Leopard delay?

    The main question I'm concerned about is this: If I buy the Leopard update in October to use on a new MacBook Pro I buy now, will Leopard run optimally, or so close to optimally that I'd never know the difference? Or is a major hardware update expected on the horizon for Leopard, which might mean Leopard would not run up to what its supposed to on the recent MBPs?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    They will run Leopard fine, most of the things that you have asked cannot be answered by the people who actually know because of NDAs, and the current builds of Leopard are still buggy, so it will run the final version better than the current version.
  3. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    Leopard wont be like Vista, requiring a major update in specs to run properly. It should run on most hardware that's around already, all of it in fact. If you wanted to you could but a Rev. A MBP and I'm sure it'd run Leopard fine, obviously a faster processor and specs will help it along, and the faster computer will always run it the best...
  4. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    OS 10.5 will run great...the MBP will most likely not see an update(atleast the model that are out) before Leopard launched. I'm planning on having my iMac G5 run 10.5...most likely my iBook G4, but they is no way I'd even think about any Intel Mac having trouble supporting 10.5...a MBP now should be good for a few more updates. 10.6+10.7 no problem if Apple keeps a similar update timeframe for OS updates.
  5. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Apple has, extensively ;)

    You've got nothing to worry about. You'll likely be able run 10.5, .6, .7, etc. on the current MBP's with little problem.
  6. kcross macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2007
    if anything apple is know for trying to extend too far back in their product line with their os. if anyone remembers the os9 -> osx debacle. so im sure that itll run 10.5 without any issues...
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    MBP's won't be upgraded for like a couple months earliest after leopards, this will be the hardware it will run on.
  8. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    They are still PCs, I doubt any really revolutionary will happen with PC design just because Leopard is released. Of course everything will get faster, smaller and use less electricity with time, but that will happen no matter if and when Leopard is released or not.
  9. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    i'm not so sure about using less electricity. Sure when computers were the size of a bedroom to a Pentium 3 there were usage drops. But now we need 600w PSUs in our high end desktops and its only getting higher.
  10. weeman macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2007
    The new MBP will be good for a couple more OSXs, youve got no reason to worry.

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