Question about current MBP and Leopard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Srestrepo, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Srestrepo macrumors member

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    Hello All.
    I was planning on buying the new MBP 15", one because it came with the student promo with the 199 of for a ipod. Anyway I saw the keynote address yesterday and I said to myself I rather have Leopard instead of the current tiger. So what I wanted to ask is can you buy this Current MBP and install Leopard later on? Would it be wise to do that? Or should I just wait and have the MBP with Leopard made specifically for the MBP. Anyway thanks for your comments.
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    It is perfectly fine to buy now and install Leopard later. If you wait you can save the $129 that leopard costs and possibly get a better MBP but then you probably lose out of the iPod deal and the use of a MBP for all of that time.
     
  3. Srestrepo thread starter macrumors member

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    That is what I was thinking. I can buy the ipod later on but I rather have the MBP running on all cylinders because Leopard is the native OS. I don't want it to be slow because I upgraded it when the current MBP is designed for Tiger.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    The current MBP isn't "designed" for Tiger, per se.
    The only thing you gain by waiting, is perhaps a speed bump to the core clock cycles, or other hardware updates. But those would come about regardless of whether Leopard came or not. I definitely wouldn't call it "slow". I've seen speed bumps on the same hardware (a powerbook) for each OS release, came with Jaguar, Panther was much faster, and Tiger even faster than that. Same hardware.

    If you want it now, get it now. You won't be sorry.
     
  5. Srestrepo thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Yellow. thats exactly what I was wondering. I didn't know if the OS upgrade would result in the decrease in performace and such. But it seems that the OS change dosen't change performance per se.
     
  6. Flaki macrumors member

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    so you mean that the next OSX will run faster on the new SR mbp?:rolleyes:
     
  7. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

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    If the Keynote showed me one thing its that the MBP I ordered yesterday will run OS X smoothly for the next 5 years if these OS "updates" are going to be so trivial. :eek:
     
  8. Srestrepo thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I may go the original route of buying it now and upgrading when it does come on in October. When I install Leopard I will just do a memory wipe, it will be basically like it was made for the MBP assuming upgrading has no say in performance.
     
  9. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    There probably won't be any more Macbook Pro updates until after Leopard launches anyway. And like everyone says, the Macbook Pro will be more than suited to Leopard. (I was actually shocked that 10.4 runs faster than 10.2 on an ancient G3 iMac-not that I'd expect 10.5 to run faster on today's hardware, but it will definitely run it as well as anything.)

    Since you apparently qualify for the educational discount, you'll be able to order 10.5 for $80 rather than the normal $130. That's really the only catch to ordering it now (besides needing to install it-I'd recommend a clean install). That's offset by getting a free iPod, which is obviously worth more than $80 :)
     
  10. Srestrepo thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Wolfpup. After I read your comment I wiped out the credit card and purchased the MBP. Thanks alot.
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Roll your eyes if you must, but the answer is probably. This isn't Windows. Each subsequent version of OS X has been better optimized and has run faster than the previous version on the same hardware.

    Does that mean Leopard will be "faster" (which is quantified by everyone differently)? Statistically speaking, I think yes.
     

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