What to expect for the next MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by beppo, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. beppo macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2008
    This is what I am expecting for the next macbokk pro revision. the design hasn't changed that much in a really long time so it will probably have a sightly altered case.
    New MacBook Pro:
    13.8", 15.7", & 17.6"
    All models: chicklet illuminated keyboard, *iSight camera (more megapixels), magneticlatch, all current ports w\ FireWire 800, magsafe, multitouch, MacBook air sized trackpad, airport extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, express slot. anodized in black or reg. Aluminum. 20x superdrive

    13.8" model:
    1440 x 900 LED screen
    2 USB ports
    2.5Ghz up to 2.7GHz
    2.5 GB of RAM up to 5GB
    250GB HD up to 320GB HD or, 120GB SSD
    .95" thick

    15.7" model
    1680 x 1050 LED screen
    3 USB ports
    2.7GHz up to 2.9GHz
    3GB of RAM up to 6GB of RAM
    250GB HD up to 380GB HD, or 160GB SSD
    .95" thick

    17.6" model
    2048 x 1600 LED screen
    3 USB ports
    2.9GHz up to 3.1GHz
    4GB of RAM up to 8GB of RAM
    320GB HD up to 500GB HD, or 250GB SSD
    .90" thick
  2. aforty macrumors 65816

    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Don't get yourself all gassed up this early. I don't think we'll get actual screen increases and those max RAM numbers are ridiculous. Why would the same chipset in what is essentially the same motherboard accept less upgraded RAM from the other models? All max 8GB (I think that's part of Montevina chipset, someone correct me), absolutely no screen increases and still 2GB RAM by default.

    Agh, why did I just participate in this thread?
  3. rezonat0r macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
  4. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2007
    I really won't think Apple would go for those non-standard sizes.

    There's no reason for them to, other than just to "be different."

    It'll cause a huge hassle with trying to fit the new sizes into current bags and such.
  5. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    I'm thinking the next revision, assuming the Montevina chipsets are introduced:

    Base Model:
    15" Screen
    2.6 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB RAM Standard (BTO 4 GB and 8 GB)
    320 GB HD 5400 RPM (BTO 500 GB 5400 RPM, 320 GB 7200 RPM, or 128 GB SSD)
    NVidia GeForce 8600 GT 512 MB VRAM (Yeah the 8800 would be too big and cause too much heat for now)

    Secondary Model:
    15" Screen
    2.6 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB RAM Standard (BTO 4 GB and 8 GB)
    500 GB HD 5400 RPM (BTO 320 GB 7200 RPM or 128 GB SSD)
    NVidia GeForce 8600 GT 1GB VRAM

    High End Model:
    17" Screen
    2.8 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB RAM Standard (BTO 4 GB and 8 GB)
    500 GB HD 5400 RPM (BTO 320 GB 7200 RPM or 128 GB SSD)
    NVidia GeForce 8600 GT 1GB VRAM

    Case redesign with MBA chicklet keyboard, same thickness likely, and same ports. Trackpad might increase in size. That sounds feasible, right?

    *Remember, Apple is slow and steady on improvements and upgrades... ;)
  6. coreguy macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2008
    1G Vram?!
    Are u kidding...
    even 512m is somewhat a waste... let alone 1G

    back to the point
    SSD, brand new video card, DDR3 are in my fancy book
  7. aforty macrumors 65816

    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    No way. Slow and steady as you mentioned and they just introduced 512MB.
  8. Czechmac macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    London, UK
    I must agree,

    New graphics card, maybe mobile radeon 3xxx, maybe nvidia 9xxxm series (not much announced there however).

    DDR 3 for sure for MBPs, 4 GB max (4 GB modules are very expensive/impossible to get these days to be thinking about 8 GB, which is too much anyway)

    SSD is a possibility, it will be interesting whether apple will go with ssd for MBPs or they keep it MBA specialty. If they do decide to go for them, I think they are waiting for more reasonable price per GB ratio than there is now and also in MBP I think that 128 GB is a minimum most people need for their work, so apple is waiting for reasonable ssd at that price as well.

    I would like to see a BTO option of a built in High speed WAN support, such as 3G, Wimax or EV-D0. I don't think it is probable thoug, but one can always dream.
  9. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    Taking in all your ideas, I juxtapose this as the final refresh before a grand redesign, which I contradict myself to believe a new phase will arise when the newest updates for the Apple MBP lines are introduced. ;)
  10. kockgunner macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    before, apple always was the 'first' company to do something, like adding a backlit keyboard, 17" led screen, firewire, etc. So im wondering, how are their future laptops going to distinguish themselves from the crowd besides case design and good components? are they gonna be the first to introduce usb 3.0 for example?
  11. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    i doubt it!
    they're more concentrated with the iphone.
  12. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    usb 3.0? naw they are going all the way with firewire 3200!!!

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