question about macbook revisions

greendragon

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what exactly do these macbook revisions mean? i hear about all the problems with the macbook and hopefully these are being taken care of. what are these revisions A and revisions B mean?

i'm a waiting 1st time mac pearson. i just want the best, god knows we're paying for it. but, i guess the mac os is worth the $$.


thanks
 

Acehigh

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greendragon said:
what exactly do these macbook revisions mean? i hear about all the problems with the macbook and hopefully these are being taken care of. what are these revisions A and revisions B mean?

i'm a waiting 1st time mac pearson. i just want the best, god knows we're paying for it. but, i guess the mac os is worth the $$.


thanks

Are you buying one new or used? If you buying it direct from Apple you will get the new revision. So you wont have to worry about earlier ones.
 

FFTT

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The MacBooks and MacBook Pros are still considered Rev "A" but a late and refined Rev "A"

No one knows how soon we'll see an upgrade from the current Yonah Core Duo
to Merom Core Duo 2, but speculation is high that it will be soon.

Soon could be next week or next month maybe.

If Apple determines that the Merom Core Duo 2 does not meet their thermal
requirements, they could skip Merom altogether and wait for the Santa Rosa
chips later in the year.

That's all anyone knows.
 

BlizzardBomb

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When we say Rev. A and Rev. B, we usually mean feature upgrades. This for example could be a processor bump from 1.83 GHz to 2 GHz for free. I'm expecting the MacBook to get a bump just around Christmas time, if not then, almost straight after the New Year.

Sometimes Apple will "refine" Macs. They won't add any new feature or speed bump, but they will (try to) fix hardware bugs like "whining", "excess heat", "random shutdowns" etc. If you were to buy a MacBook straight from Apple, it is likely you will get one of the refined models and shouldn't see any hardware bugs unless you are really unlucky.

Oh and the MacBook is Rev. A, MacBook Pro is Rev. B.
 

MacSA

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Well since every other manufacturer has Core 2 laptops out, Apple really need to release them soon - like next Tuesday lol.
 

Dr. Technology

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If you buy a MacBook now, you're getting the exact same thing that you would have gotten when they first came out. The only update has been a "firmware" update, which can be downloaded from Apple for free. The fact is that there's nothing wrong with the MacBook that would need to be changed (except a processor bump of course). I'm using one now and it's 100% perfect.
 

BlizzardBomb

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Dr. Technology said:
If you buy a MacBook now, you're getting the exact same thing that you would have gotten when they first came out. The only update has been a "firmware" update, which can be downloaded from Apple for free. The fact is that there's nothing wrong with the MacBook that would need to be changed (except a processor bump of course). I'm using one now and it's 100% perfect.
Yes the firmware did fix lots of faulty MacBooks, but no, a "Day 1" MacBook is not the same as a "Day 50" MacBook. There are little internal "tweaks" as I like to call it.
 

®îçhå®?

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BlizzardBomb said:
The original MBPs were 1.83 GHz and 2 GHz, it got bumped to 2 GHz and 2.16 GHz.
Weren't the original ones 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz to be ordered but then upgraded??
 

Kardashian

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At the moment, the MacBooks are like the 5G iPods.

They're the same model as when they set out, just with some refinements.

Whats changed?

1. The whine has gone
2. The melting plastic
3. The moo has gone
4. The staining/colourisation of the plastic

They will move to Rev. B when there's a big change.. like when they go from Core Duo to Core 2 Duo processors.. hopefully by the 25th of this month, as I'm buying on the 26th :)
 

FFTT

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A true Rev "B" for a MacBook would be either a bump to the Core Duo 2 or
bumping up to a 2 .16 GHz Yonah and adding dedicated VRAM.

It all depends on what you consider Rev " B" ness

Most would consider the CoreDuo 2 Merom upgrade an official Rev "B"
 

BlizzardBomb

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®îçhå®? said:
Weren't the original ones 1.66GHz and 1.83GHz to be ordered but then upgraded??
Yes. Upgraded to 1.83 GHz and 2 GHz, what I said :) No 1.66 GHz MBPs exist.

For me, a nice Rev. B MacBook would have a 1.83 Ghz and a 2 GHz Core 2 Duo and a little bit of a price drop. If not a price drop, 1 GB standard RAM would be just as good.
 

Maccus Aurelius

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MacSA said:
Well since every other manufacturer has Core 2 laptops out, Apple really need to release them soon - like next Tuesday lol.
Not sure how soon the macbook will get the new chip, thankfully the increase in performance, albeit not THAT significant other than the 64-bit support, will most likely not come at a greater price(note: the imac). I checked up on Dell's laptop line. And beyond the XPS systems, the "E" 14" through 17" models and the basic system all presently lack core 2 duo chips. However, Alienware systems presently sport core 2 duos in laptops ranging from $999 upward, with the highest end model equipped with an AMD turion 64 instead.