Updates to Macbook Pro during Back to School Promo?

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  1. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    I am going to college this fall and am looking to buy either a 2.4ghz or 2.66ghz macbook pro. My initial question is, it seems in years past that apple has waited to update its computers until after the back to school promo. Do you think this year will be any different? If so, I will probably order the computer right away.

    My second question is, for an engineering major, do you think a 2.4ghz with 256mb vram will suit my needs or would you suggest upgrading to the 2.66ghz with 512mb vram. I guess the real question is, how much of a difference in performance will I notice if I opt for the more expensive unit.

    Thank You for your help.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    There won't be an update until November, says logic.
     
  3. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thank you

    That's what I was thinking, do you know anything about the performance differences in the two models?
     
  4. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Length of use

    I want this thing to last AT THE VERY LEAST until i graduate in hopefully 4 years.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Depending on use, you could get six years, easily.

    Arrandale is Nehalem-based, so the performance increase of that+Snow Leopard might be around 40% over current models.

    Of course, we have only one Nehalem-based Mac right now, and no Snow Leopard to test, so...
     
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Tallest Skil has been wrong about many things so don't take just his word for it, I believe there'll be an update in the coming months as Intel have just refreshed their line-up, even AppleInsider say:

    As for performance difference, there's not much in it, about 10%.
     
  7. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    I see some minor upgraded models of the MBP in the near future.
     
  8. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    local bby has not had any MBPs in stock in the past few weeks...

    wonder if it is a sign or poor purchasing
     
  9. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also in the market for a new MacBook Pro. Wait until at least after WWDC, there could be some speed bumps announced. The white MacBook just got updated and can now be upgraded to 500GB, while the MacBook Pro can't...leads me to suspect it will be updated in the near future.

    Intel is also adjusting their lineup for June, so processor speed should be slightly upgraded.

    Steve
     
  10. relativist macrumors regular

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    My recommendation is to wait till right before school starts to get your Macbook. Since there will be a major architecture change in the CPU used and a OS update you want to jump to that once it happens. Doing so may require selling your Macbook and buying the new system. That's my plan. I have the low end white nVidia macbook, and will keep it until SL and the next gen CPU are on the Macbook Pro 17", then I will sell my Macbook and buy the 17".
     
  11. rhodent2013 macrumors member

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    I am also waiting until after WWDC. Is it safe to order after the keynote or should you wait until the whole conference is finished? I looked at the schedule and it does not appear that they will have any major meetings.. But I don't know. I was going to order mine around the 8th.
    You can private message me back if you would like.
     
  12. DELLsFan macrumors 6502a

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    Me too. They just updated the white MacBook. They're surely going to update the Unibodies. This is speculation, of course, but also logical.

    Rumor has it, they'll also be rebranding all the Unibodies as MacBook Pros. That would be a welcome change - especially if all of the family here gets Firewire. :D
     
  13. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    To the best of my memory, if an item is included in the "Back to School" promotion, it doesn't see an update until after the promo runs its course......
     
  14. Biolizard macrumors 6502

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    What about a 'bump'? After all it's just a new proc basically, and the current ones are over 6 months old now.

    I'm hoping for a speed bump at WWDC. Gets people buying now, then they have to pay for SL later (MWUHAHAHA! says Steve Jobs). Then we'll see a proper update later in the year. I can't see them letting the Whitebook outdo the AluBook for months.
     
  15. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...its BB, what do you think?
     
  16. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

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    I'd wait next week for the WWDC. It MBP won't by updated with some minor processor upgrade for such event, as happened for the white MB, then no updates until autumn.
     
  17. Steve1496 macrumors 6502a

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    Usually all the updated products are put onto Apple's website within a few hours after the keynote is over. Typically, the apple.com store goes down just before the keynote and reopens with new products after it is over.

    Steve
     
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    ahaha, yes that sounds very appley :)
     
  20. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Hopefully SL will be announced during WWDC and loaded onto Macs before the Back-to-School promo ends. I'm waiting for a SL MBP during the promotion window so I can also grab a free iPod touch.
     
  21. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    Nope. I don't even think we'll get the Snow Leopard announcement at WWDC now either. I was hoping for that, so I could get a free upgrade to that with a mailed disc.
     
  22. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Consensus

    Alright, so I guess the general consensus is to wait until after the keynote on June 8.

    My last question is, do you think I should go with the entry level (if there is an update) which will probably be 2.66 and 256vram or go with 2.8 (or 2.93 depending on the update) and 512vram.

    If they stay the same which would you suggest?
     
  23. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I plan on

    I plan on hooking this up to a 24" monitor on occasion. Will the extra 256mb vram help me out in that department?
     
  24. rhodent2013 macrumors member

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    THANKS SO MUCH! AND GOOD LUCK TO OTHER FUTURE BUYERS! LETS KEEP OUR FINGERS CROSSED FOR A MINOR BUMP!
     
  25. Biolizard macrumors 6502

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    Same boat as you. On the UK HE store, by the time you replace the 2.4's 2 Gigs of RAM with 4, even purchasing elsewhere (and I need 4, I've got 798MB Wired and 1.88GB Active atm), you're on the way to the 2.66 (which has 4 as standard). Value for money vs do I really need it? Choices, choices.

    For most stuff, probably not. Games and maybe heavy graphics work will benefit I guess.
     

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