The End of 2010/Fall MacBook Pro Refresh

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yustas, May 10, 2010.

  1. yustas macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009

    I know we just had a refresh, but I hear that we can see another refresh with Sandy Bridge in the Fall of this year or by the end of the 2010. Is it a reasonable expectation? If it is, what are the new features can we expect to see?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Unreasonable expectation. End of '10 update will be minor.
  3. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Considering sandy bridge isn't due out til early 2011 at the earliest (assuming no delays etc), with mass production not scheduled until Q3 2011; your expectations are quite unrealistic.
  4. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    What do you think will be included in this minor update? Would Sandy Bridge be a minor update or you do not think we will see Sandy Bridge in 2010?
  5. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Probably just a speedbump and another re-branded nVidia GPU; refer to my first post about SB.
  6. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    Oh, I see. I thought it was scheduled for this Fall. I was wrong.

    In any case, is Sandy Bridge worth the wait?
  7. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    depends on what you call worth the wait; course they'll be faster than what we have now - but it'll be at least a year 'til we see them in MBPs.
  8. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    For me, "worth the wait" means: 1. More battery life and less heat. 2 Faster.
  9. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    They'll be the first generation of an all-new architecture; so bugs and unforeseen issues will be par for the course. Will they be faster? Yes, more battery life and less heat? Doubtful in my opinion, probably about the same as what we have now. If you plan on waiting for technology, you'll be waiting forever.
  10. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Advice: Buy now, sell it before update.
    You'll lose a few bucks, but at least you had something to keep you busy :D
  11. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    It will be an Arrandale refresh i think cooler chips with lower TDPs and higher clockspeeds

    Maybe a GPU refresh although i'm not holding my breadth

    Sandy Bridge isn't even feasible till mid 011 at the very least
  12. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    I'm hoping for USB3 in the minor update cycle. I'd give it a 50:50 chance.

    More likely is a lower power processor option.

  13. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
    You have to bear in mind that the first SB chips will be desktop chips, most likely "extreme" versions, and will be completely unusable in any laptop, much less an MBP. So that adds quite a bit of waiting time on. Then you have to factor in the additional time it takes for Apple to decide exactly what mobile chips it wants, testing them, making sure they don't sacrifice battery life, etc etc. It could be a very long wait. Plus, if the MBP refresh cycle coincides with intel's production like it did with Arrandale, then it'll be another few months while the technology is available/mass produced, but Apple is still working out bugs or trying to get stock.
  14. yustas thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    Another Arrandale refresh? When? This year?
  15. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006

    "Final Words
    From the balanced notebook perspective, Arrandale is awesome. Battery life doesn't improve, but performance goes up tremendously. The end result is better performance for hopefully the same power consumption. If you're stuck with an aging laptop it's worth the wait. If you can wait even longer we expect to see a second rev of Arrandale silicon towards the middle of the year with better power characteristics..."

    From here
  16. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Hell yes :D

    I'm going to upgrade my desktop with a 8 core Sandy Bridge that runs at 4.0 ghz natively ( so who knows how high this baby can overclock :eek: )

    I have no idea what they'll do with laptop CPU's, but it's going to be alot faster since it's a new architecture. Probably new Quad cores again for laptops.

    I'm probably going to sell this generation Macbook Pro and buy the new one when Sandy Bridge comes for laptops/notebooks.
  17. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    If LGA1366 and triple channel DDR3 was any indication, i'll hate to see how much X68 boards and quad channel RAM cost at launch (especially given the already insane price of RAM).
  18. DavidC1 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2006
  19. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    I expect Sandy Bridge to appear in MacBook Pros in the first quarter of 2011.;mlt_related

    Mind providing some sources for your assertion? The two links I provided state production by the end of 2010. The second link suggests appearance in desktops and laptops in early 2011. Here's a third link and a quote from it: Intel will ship the successor to its "Nehalem" processor, "Sandy Bridge," in volume production by the end of 2010, Otellini said. Otellini, btw, is Intel's CEO.,2817,2362601,00.asp

    One year at most.

    Um, the Core i7 and i5 in use now are the first generation of an all-new architecture for MacBook Pros. So if you don't mind "bugs and unforeseen issues" now, you shouldn't mind it for Sandy Bridge. The Arrandale refresh that will come between now and Sandy Bridge will provide better battery life and less heat so it's safe to say Sandy Bridge should too over the current i7 and i5. People didn't mind waiting for Arrandale and it proved to have a 20% performance improvement over the Penryns. Sandy Bridge is claimed (by Intel) to have a 20% improvement too if you compare the top Arrandale of today with the top Sandy Bridge to come.

    Feasible? In what sense? And isn't mid '12 quite extreme since Intel expects production by end of '10? By mid '12 we'll have Ivy Bridge.

    Nope. Intel has already demonstrated Sandy Bridge in a laptop:

    And: The initial versions of the chips will be for desktop and laptop computers, not servers, said David Perlmutter, head of Intel's chip architecture group, in an interview at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing on Tuesday. From:

    Gee, most of you guys who seem pessimistic about how early we'll see Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros also own Arrandale MacBook Pros. I hope that's not the obsolescence fear creeping in.

    Good advice. Something the guys I quoted especially could do too.

    I'd like USB3 too but I'd say a 10% chance. Intel isn't even including it in chipsets for Sandy Bridge so Apple would need to pay for a third-party USB3 chip which they're unlikely to do to keep their margins as high as possible. That and Apple seems to be developing Light Peak with Intel and so wouldn't want any competing connection technologies to compete with it.
  20. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Intel reversed it from Nehalem. While Nehalem's first variants were high-end desktop, Sandy Bridge's first variants will be 2/4-core mainstream/low-end desktop and mobile. 6/8-core high-end desktop and server parts are scheduled for Q3 2011.

    Thank you very much.

    There's also the possibility of AMD microprocessors, most likely Llano scheduled for early 2011 release.
  21. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Mid 011 i meant. My bad.
  22. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    You're very welcome. I was reading about Sandy Bridge just a few days ago and thought I'd share.

    Intel and Apple seem to have a very good relationship so it would be interesting if Apple uses AMD chips too.

    Ah, no wonder. I think Intel won't have problems making Sandy Bridge chips like they did with Arrandale chips at the start because Intel was just beginning to use the 32nm process for Arrandale. Penryn was 45nm. Sandy Bridge is also 32nm so it should feasible from the get-go for Intel as their factories are all set up for it already.
  23. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11) Sprint PPC6850SP)

    Where improvement's possible: If for the rest of the year or even longer, Apple's path towards improving the Pro's is blocked by Intel's slowness (and their obstruction towards Nvidia), well, then the thing to do design-wise is to survey the landscape and identify those areas in which improvement is NOT blocked by parties outside of Apple. All sorts of opportunities exist. For example, many laptop makers have been offering built-in 3G modems, for so many years. APPLE: CATCH UP, ALREADY! How mod or slick-looking is Macbook/Pro, if it needs a solid 3/4G dongle dangling off the side, like an ugly cigar? (Not to mention - if it's integral, one doesn't have to worry about compatibility.) Or they could start "Air-izing" the Pro's, by offering the option of no disc-drive to lose some weight, and provide the gain of a more ergonomically tapered-down (Air-like) front keyboard edge. Maybe even throw in a new future-type jack or 2 even if it won't be usable immediately. "Future-proofing" (which BTW, is also environmentally good) like that could be something putting Pro's in a leading position, in at least one way. /// Since Apple has enough cash to make bolder moves, it's fun to dream: Maybe they design their own chips for both 13" notebooks, and then buy the still-money-losing Sprint, before some other smart company beats them to it! That would really boost Apple to "the next level." :^)
  24. se/30 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    ... the next revision of the macbook pros is also the key issue for me before deciding to purchase a new model. It's not about cpu benchmarks, it's about built-in connectivity and upgradability. I'd really like to see that decent "future jack" in the next macbook PRO (usb3, lightpeak, fw3200),
  25. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Well that's good to hear. Those links you provided is from April; last update I read on SB was from Febuary - so my bad I suppose.

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