What's with the acronyms?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bamaster, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. bamaster macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Ok, I get the acronym MBP. Even MBPR (or rMBP to be cool).

    But I see references to a cMBP, uMBP, and even pMBP. OMGWTH?

    U = ultimate? You can have an "ultimate" configuration without the Retina display, so if you maxed out the Retina version, could we say it was urMBP? Silly.
  2. MRiOS macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    It makes it a lot easier to type. As far as I know, cMBP stands for classic MBP, uMBP stand for unibody MBP, as for pMBP I have no clue on that one.

    C = Classic (mostly referring to the generations that continued the design of the late PPC Mac laptops, before the unibody transition in 2008)

    U = Unibody (refers to the redesign and applies to laptops from late 2008 to present)

    R = Retina

    P= ? (hopefully someone can clarify or define this, since I've never run across this)
  3. bamaster thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Hmm... I see that now. Some people refer to the MY (model year), too.

    I really thought the "u" was for ultimate though. Remember, that with the higher end Retina, there are 8 possibilities of configuration. At the Apple Store, they show an ultimate version, which is the 2.7/16/768 version. Anything other than that isn't ultimate in my opinion.
  4. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    U does not mean ultimate, it means unibody.

    Never saw c and p before.
  5. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    Imma say I bought the urrtMBP (Ultimate redesigned retina thin MacBook Pro)
  6. jtap macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2010

    Base w/ 16 GB Retina Mac Book Pro with AppleCare.
  7. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    I think uMBP is stupid, the new model is unibody as well. Yes it's the original unibody, but that's just too complicated.

    cMBP makes the most sense for the non-retina models, rMBP makes sense for the Retina model, and I agree that anything other than the 2.7GHZ/16GB/768GB SSD Retina is not an uMBP, u meaning ultimate. People are calling their machines uMBP when that's completely subjective...
  8. Aodhan macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    In my opinion, the most logical acronym is the most simple and most representative of what you are trying to say.

    MacBook Pro, MBP
    MacBook Pro Retina, MBPR

    Just sayin'.
  9. OCICILIONI macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2011
    Orlando, FL

    use of acronyms goes beyond saving time typing.

    The military uses acronyms ubiquitously. Use of Acronyms and the ability to understand them is like admission to a club. It creates an heir of " If you don't know the language, you don't belong." It makes the one who uses the acronym look intelligent.

    Keep this in mind when you review posts with many acronyms
  10. The "Dude", Jun 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012

    The "Dude" macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2011
    The military might also use them because it saves a lot of time and paper using something like SACLANT as opposed to Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic. 7 characters vs. 31. Seems like a no brainier to me.

  11. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I saw someone use LMBP this morning and I snapped.

    I'm with you. MBP and RMBP/MBPR or rMBP/MBPr.

    I ended up finding that L stood for legacy. WTF.
  12. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
  13. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    The Classic MBP to me is the pre Unibody (Early 2008), so I would tend to go on the lines of; cMBP, MBP & rMBP, and we still have our fair share of PowerBooks in use :p
  14. dazmanuk macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2012
    A few people referenced the u as 'Upgradable', which is quite 'fitting'.. :rolleyes:

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