Sigh... the new ultra portable macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by doopsie, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. doopsie macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    i currently own the latest rev macbook with specs bumped up to 160gb and 2 gb ram, but it's too heavy and not powerful enough for my needs, as i realised i do tonnes of video-editing and 3d motion as well! :(:( luckily, my sister wants a macbook and hence im just waiting for the ultra portable macbook pro to come out so i can give my sister my macbook. any latest rumours on its release date?:(
  2. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    It hasn't been announced. So that could mean soon, later, or never.
  3. robosays21 macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
  4. Tumeg101 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2007
    Orange County, California
    He has the MB, he is wondering when a portable MBP will be released...

    People are thinking the MB's and\or MBP's will be updated at the same time as Leopard, so possibly then
  5. doopsie thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    i do hope so. Otherwise, my sister is going to go ahead to buy a mb of her own and it'll be such a waste! anybody else here hoping for a 12-13 inch MBP?
  6. ophidean macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm finding the 15" MBP to be pretty darn portable.
  7. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    haha 12 13 inch???
    the macbook pro is a powerful machine used the most for graphics design and such stuff which needs a big enough screen...12 13'' isnt enough for anything but surfing the net,IMing and similar simple stuff....i would say ha ha if apple make a powerful machine with little tiny screen...:p
  8. doopsie thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    not really, :( especially since im a student and i have to lug it around everywhere i go. the macbook is considered quite heavy IMO. :(
  9. doopsie thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    That's not very true, ;) I use photoshop, motion 3, final cut, imovie, lightroom all at the same time on the puny lil screen and i don't find it a problem, after 8 hours a day, for almost a month of consistent use. :D
  10. iLunar macrumors 6502


    Jul 23, 2006
    What about having a portable machine AND plugging it into a large monitor? That's exactly what I do with my 12" powerbook.
  11. chex macrumors regular

    May 17, 2007
    the point of a powerful laptop is to be able to do some work on the move, which is difficult with the size of the MBP and MB is not powerful enough.

    No person that seriously works with graphics is going to do it on a laptop screen no matter the size.
  12. MacPossum macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2007
    Agreed. I'm a student and I think it's a perfect size for me to take around to my classes and all around campus :)
  13. doopsie thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    agreed. =) i'd take a 12/13 in MBP anytime. and plug it to an external display when i need mor real screen estate. Then again, im quite sure a higher resolution 13inch display would have enough real screen estate to do graphics work on that will make me happy.
  14. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Ultra portables have nearly all moved towards small, light, low power, long battery life. While it's possible Apple could not go for this market and go after professionals who need something powerful, but smaller than the 15" MBP, its highly unlikely.

    Hit the gym and get a 15" ;)
  15. harmonica01 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2007

    If you consider the 15" mbp to be heavy for carrying around to classes you have these choices:

    a) get a membership at a gym or use the on-campus rec facility
    b) the regular MB isn't much lighter so you may just want to look into an acer 8" laptop...
    c) if it's the carrying that is hard on you, get a better bag and strap, try (waterfield designs™)

    I carry my 15" powerbook g4 everywhere to my seminar classes, library, etc. I also work on campus at the writing center so my day from 8-5 monday through saturday puts my laptop at my side and its just fine, can't imagine life without it, and unless you go to UT, NYU, FSU or UCLA... you are at a much smaller campus than myself.
  16. Anime2wars macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    I found the macbook to be powerful to handle video editing and other graphic intensive activities. Heck i've done good stuff on a laptop that barely met requirements. The macbook screen is fine for editing but then bigger screen is always better. A serious person who does this type of work would probably perform these tasks on a desktop computer. Also the mac pro is essentially desktop replacement, it really should be used to move from place to place for student use.
  17. fsckminix6 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2006
    Chicago (847)
    I literally carry my 15 in everywhere I go it only weights like what 8 or so pounds? jeez... man get a sleeve and throw it in your backpack.
  18. MacPossum macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2007
    It weighs like 5.5 pounds :)

    This made my day.
  19. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
  20. doopsie thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    The HDD, and the graphics card whilst working with motion 3.
  21. ab2650 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2007
    Doopsie, I'm totally with you on this one. A 12-inch pro model is certainly missing and I hope that Apple realizes the 'ultraportable' necessity out there. With that said, I highly doubt it would have dedicated graphics, so you'll be in the same boat as with your MacBook... Well, same boat, a few pounds lighter.

    To the folks saying "Bah, you can't do work on a 12" screen!" or "Just get used to the weight of the 15" MBP!" wake up and realize we aren't all doing the same things... I know a few photographers who swear by their 12" powerbooks for the portability... Then again, I know a few who want to cart around a 17" MBP. If I had to gather up my MBP every day and use it in the field, I would trade a few extra pounds of it for a lot less graphics and processor power.
  22. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    I love my 12" Powerbook and I refuse to upgrade to an Intel laptop until there is an ultraportable MBP.

    The screen is big enough for basic photoshop, web browsing, and even spreadsheets. But what I use it for most is writing papers, taking notes, and coding. Yes, more resolution would be nice (1280x1024 perhaps?), but the physical size is perfect.

    I lug it everywhere and while I understand that the 15 isn't much heavier, thats not the only problem with lugging a 15". The footprint on the larger machines is of course larger, so when I one (friend's) in my bag, the corners and edges stick out farther than my books. So ... if the sides of my backpack get knocked, that blow is going to land squarely on the edge of the MBP, not so with the 12". It sits inside the envelope of my textbooks, so the book bindings take the blows.

    Also ... when you put the 15" on a desk/table in class it takes up a couple more precious inches that are needed for a paper notebook (no good way to sketch on a portable :( ).

    Simply put, if there's a 12" MBP with dedicated graphics and a "high res" 1280x1024 screen .... I'll be ordering within minutes of his steveness' pronouncement, $2k be damned.
  23. senna5194 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2007
    many options abound

    Hey all,

    I am with Doopsie on this one. I am a past-mac-lover who was forced into PC's by work over the last few years, and now am getting ready to return, thanks to the Intel processors.

    I have been using Panasonic Toughbooks for years now, and despite being Windows machines, their design is great. Case in point - they use a round trackpad like an ipod! How Panasonic took this idea and not Apple I dont know, but it works as intuitively as an ipod to scroll.

    Here's the kicker - my 2.5 year old machine CF-Y4 has a 100gb HD, 1gb RAM, state of the art processor (for then) a 14" screen, built in DVD R/RW, and weighs 2.65 LBS!!!! It is also armored inside (toughbook hallmark) and has survived an endo on my bicycle that had me land flat on my back/backpack with it inside. No damage to the laptop at all (thank you, magnesium case).

    Panasonic even makes a 12" model (with all of the above features for right around the 2 lb mark. Freedom is having something so light you can stand up and use it cradled in your hand and typing with the other without fatigue!

    I am not making a "they're better than Macs" argument in the least - I *want* a Mac. But for hardware design, it is possible to produce a state-of-the art machine WITH a good sized screen (14" and up), make it durable-even overbuilt, and have it weigh less than 4lbs.

    I cant wait for Apple to come out with some updated lightweight designs that really woo PC users. They just did it with the Imacs, hopefully the laptops will benefit too!
  24. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I hate small laptops, my 15 inch powerbook if perfect and its not heavy at all. Hell when I was in school I had to carry over 30 pounds of books.:rolleyes:
  25. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2007
    suck it up.

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