Prospective MBP Buyer - questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by saberahul, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008

    This is my first time on the Mac forum section, although I am quite active on the iOS section. Anyways, I am literally fed up with the PC world and think it is the appropriate time to move to Mac products as my experience with iOS devices (iPad and iPhone and iPod Touch (all models)) has been quite rewarding. Some of these questions may seem stupid but I have numbered them so if you could answer them in the same format, it would be extremely generous :)

    1. I plan to run BootCamp (I think that is what it is called) to run windows for AutoCAD. I don't think there is a Mac version available yet. Does Windows run without problems? Have you had any trouble?
    2. Is the 3 year Apple Care priced at $183 worth it or are there alternative solutions which provide better third party warranty and a cheaper price?
    3. This may sound stupid but in the pictures I could not see any opening for the heat to be let out - does the MBP have a fan and does it become hot (warm is fine but I use laptops on my lap at some points and don't want my pants to catch on fire [that's a joke btw])?
    4. Apple discussion board has mixed reviews on iWork products. Can iWork handle document formatting such as table of contents, table of figures, hyperlinks linking to other sections within the document (such as Headings 1,2,...)?
    5. I have a WD 500GB portable hard drive I purchased last year, any chance it will not work with OSX? I don't run the WD software that comes with it - in fact I deleted it completely. It is simply there for me to run backups on.
    6. OSX Lion is bound to release soon - if I were to buy it after the release, will Lion come pre-installed on the MBP at no additional cost or will I still have to pay the additional $29 for it?
    7. Is there a difference between the behavior of the Mac App Store and the iOS App Store? As in, does it seamlessly update all your applications without asking for reboots like a BlackBerry does?
    8. Does the MBP have WOL (wake on lan) capabilities? In other words, can I turn the computer on from sleep via ethernet? This is very important as I use my iPad for on-the-go basis and at times when I need to download certain files or use the laptop for whatever, I like the option of being able to turn it on wirelessly. Would you know of any software for the iPad that can do this?

    I know there are too many questions to ask and some may sound down right stupid but your responses will be of great help.

    Thank you.
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    i'll answer what i can. bootcamp should work fine, it's included on a mac, supported and should have no reason for giving you trouble. apple care is worth it if you feel like it would be good to have coverage for your hardware failing and it could save you a lot of money. of course a mbp becomes hot depending on what you use it for and yes it does have a fan and vents. your portable drive should work fine although it may have to be formatted. i'm assuming that lion will be on every new mac once it hits because well, leopard is the latest now and it is on every new mac. yes it has wol.

    i hope this helps and i am sorry that i could not address all of your questions.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    2. One might think so:
    I don't know of an alternative for this though, as it depends on your country of residence.

    3. The 13" MB/P has one fan, the 15" and 17" MBP has two fans and the vents are behind the hinge. iFixIt has some teardowns or some image search engine could help to find images.
    4. That I don't know about.
    6. They will put in an Update DVD for free, if Lion is not installed.
    7. It works pretty seamlessly, but if an application might need a restart, a restart is needed, but I haven't come upon such application yet.
    8. Yes.

    Look here to learn more:
  4. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    Because #4 wasn't answered above, I just checked Pages and it will insert hyperlinks and do outline formatting no problem.

    Also, you can wait an buy Applecare later, as long as you still have the regular warranty left (i.e. within a year).
  5. saberahul thread starter macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Great, thank you so much for checking.

    Thanks for the detailed response - it was very helpful. What exactly do you mean by this quote? If I were to buy a MBP today and Lion was released tomorrow - Apple will ship the update DVD to me at no cost?
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    No, if you buy your Mac today and Lion is released tomorrow, you will have to pay a small upgrade fee (approx. 10 USD), but if Lion is released this Saturday and you buy your Mac next Monday (two days after the release of Lion), it is most likely, that the Mac you buy has been shipped with 10.6, thus you will get a free Upgrade DVD. But as we don't know, what installation procedure will be used with 10.7, it might be totally different.

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