Please help me read the future, what will the next giant technological leap be?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CultHero, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. CultHero macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    I am struggling along on a 2006 iMac that has been a wonderful machine, but is getting awfully slow and prone to beach balling. It is time to update and I was planning on waiting until Haswell came out but from everything I have read it is just going to be a processor speed bump that for what I do (basic office use, minor video processing etc) I will not need or appreciate.

    I know everyone says to wait if you can and buy now if you have to, but I honestly am looking at the recent spec changes to the rMBP and wondering if it would be just what I need.

    I am concerned about the disk space, coming from a 2.0 tb iMac, but even a bump to 1 tb wouldn't make that much of a difference to me with.

    I guess my overreaching question is are we going to see a technological leap with the next gen Macbook? Did that leap occur with retina and now we are just going to see refinements?

    I love my iMac and will be stoked if I see 5 years out of the Macbook.
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I think that depends on which model you are looking at.

    The biggest gains with Haswell are supposed to be in the integrated graphics chip.

    The 15" RMBP already has a second dedicated graphics chip for heavier loads, so the integrated graphics aren't so important. The 13" however relies solely on those integrated graphics.
  3. CultHero thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2007
    I will be looking at a fully loaded rMBP in 15 inch. Great info about the integrated graphics chip. I didn't know that. Thank you! This is the stuff I am looking for!
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    In that case I don't think there will be a huge 'generational' leap for the Haswell models.

    - A bit faster CPU speed (~10%)

    - A bit better performance of the integrated graphics (which might save some battery by not needing to power up the dedicated graphics as much?)

    - Maybe some different choices/pricing on RAM and SSD options

    I wouldn't expect any more than that.

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