Next Gen MacBook Pro

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  1. Fonzijr1964 macrumors 68000

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    Ok so usually i would make a "Photoshop" of the next Gen MacBook Pro but it is just to hard to do. Just too many possibilities and no examples.

    My prediction is as follows:
    ~MBA like shape with thinner front and thicker back.
    ~Black, backlit, chicklit keys
    ~Magnetic latch
    ~All hi rez and LED backlit
    ~HDMI out?
    ~15, 17, and possibly an 19 or 20 inch

    Base Model:
    ~2.5Ghz
    ~2GB of RAM
    ~200GB HDD at 7200RPM
    ~9700M GT 512MB

    Top range:
    ~2.8Ghz
    ~4GB
    ~500GB HDD at 7200
    ~9700M GT 512

    Options:
    ~128GB SSD


    tell me what u think:cool:
     
  2. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    I think those projections are very reasonable. I would also love them to be accurate.
     
  3. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    The GPU will change to an Nvidia 9x00m series or ATI 3xxx/4xxx series.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Keep your tapering away from my machines.
    Chiclet keyboard... meh. I've finally used them both and I favor the current one by a little.
    Magnetic latch? Sure.
    No way. 1920x1200 on a 15" screen is eye rape. More like 1920x1200 standard on the 17" and 1680x1050 standard on the 15".
    Not without Blu-ray, and there won't be Blu-ray. I'd like to see eSATA, though. Add a USB to each model and change the FireWire 800 to FireWire 3200.
    Nope. No 19 or 20.

    It'll probably be 2.4, 2.53, and 2.8.
    Two gigs still, yep, but the 17" could get 4GB standard since expansion would be to 8GB.
    Since it's 200GB now, I'd say 250 base with 300 on the mid and 17" with a faster 320 and the 500 as options.
    No. Get that year-old, potentially-borked card out of there. It'll be something from a 9400 to a 9700M or a comparable ATI card, since they like to switch every so often.
    I can see an SSD option...
     
  5. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think they would go to a 19 or 20". The 17's are already heavy enough as it is, and I really don't think there is a lot to gain. It would make more sense to just have a smaller notebook and a nice big display on your desk that you can hook into.
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    why would the base and top model have exactly the same graphics? you would think the top model would have more video ram or even a different model 8 series card or even 9 series card.
     
  7. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know the cards are bad but i think apple seems to like the cards

    Maybe but as i said apple seems to like the current cards

    I know
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Heh. Only because everything better was over their self-imposed power draw and heat limit.

    There are some very good 9x00 cards that fill their prerequisites now.

    That, and the 8600 is one of the cards that nVidia set aside $200,000,000 to fix should they go bad, and companies don't throw around $200,000,000.
     
  9. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i did not know that
     
  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yep. Since neither nVidia nor Apple has announced anything about them actually going bad, we don't know exactly the extent of the damage, but it's far better to be safe with a newer card.

    That and, as I said, it's about a year old...
     
  11. Fonzijr1964 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I See
     
  12. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Damn... 200 mil not for graphics card production but for insurance.. sounds like a US defense contract or something haha
     
  13. Radio Monk33 macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't hold your breathe for too high end stock specs. Afterall, they want to sell you upgrades at the 700% markup..

    If they can go up to 500 GB HD's, expect 250s and 320s.
     
  14. II AndyG33 II macrumors regular

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    Quick question
    What are the odds of apple adding a mba style keyboard?
    i have to say that the mba looks horrible, besides its form factor
    I put my trust in apple to release a good looking notebook
    but i think the black plastic keys would look a bit cheap for a "pro" model
     
  15. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

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    In the quote.

    Although, it really doesn't matter to me, since I'm not buying it (I already have a Macbook Pro and I'm not made out of money).
     
  16. Dan Lorth macrumors member

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    with all due respect, and I am going off of NO prior knowlege of how apple releases updates...those numbers do not make sense. I think it will be a 2.5, 2.6 ,and a 2.8. Everything else you said seemed very logical to me however
     
  17. Abhorred macrumors member

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    The trouble is that none of the processors usable in Montevina (at least in terms of having a 1066MHz front side bus) have a clock speed of 2.6 GHz. The new processors move at GHz speeds of: 2.26, 2.4, 2.53, and 2.8. The 2.6 is still available, of course, but it only carries a 800MHz fsb, which I doubt Apple will want to use anymore.

    There's also a 3.06GHz running at 1066MHz fsb, but it's in the "Extreme" family, so I wouldn't expect Apple to use it.

    Assuming Apple keeps their current MBP processor speed hierarchies, then it's likely that the only change in that regard will be the move from a 2.6 option to a 2.8.
     
  18. valvehead macrumors regular

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    Read up on processor speeds and multipliers. The CPU clock is a multiple of the FSB frequency.

    The current Penryn/SR family have FSB800 (200 MHz quad-pumped). The 2.4, 2.5, and 2.6 GHz speeds have 12x, 12.5x, and 13x multipliers respectively.

    The coming Penryn/Montevina family have FSB1066 (266 MHz quad-pumped). The 2.4, 2.53, and 2.8 GHz speeds have 9x, 9.5x, and 10.5x multipliers respectively.
     
  19. Dan Lorth macrumors member

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    ah i see the reasoning for you saying those processor speeds now. thanks for not flaming me too hard. ill read those links you posted. thanks
     
  20. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    The 9700m GT uses 45 watt, the current 8600m GT uses 22 watt.
    It's more likely we get 9600m GT (23w) or 9650m GS (29w)
     
  21. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    9700M is one of the longer shots. I could easily see a 9650M GS now that I know its power draw.
     
  22. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    I've devised a simple diagram you can all use to determine whether or not a given card might appear in the new MBPs.

    ...........Is it underpowered for a $2.5k laptop?...........
    ....................__________^__________...................
    ................./....................................\.................
    ................|......................................|................
    ..............Yes...................................No................
    ................|......................................|................
    ................|......................................|................
    ..Candidate for the MBP......Not a candidate for the MBP
     
  23. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Does it use more than about 30 watts?

    Yes: Not happening.
    No: Could happen.

    If you don't feel that the hardware is what you need, don't buy the computer.
     
  24. Yixian macrumors 65816

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    I'd just like Apple to up the performance/price ratio to the standard that the MacBook enjoys.
     
  25. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Aren't we also complaining about the crappy IGPU there, too? :rolleyes:

    If we get an x4500 in the MacBook and a 9650M GS in the MacBook Pro, that'd be epic.

    Epic only because we can't expect anything better that wouldn't melt through the bottom of the case and fuse our MacBook Pros to our laps.
     

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