Will the 13" MacBook Pro be updated soon with an I series chip?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Keva161, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. Keva161 macrumors member

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    Hey,

    I'm kinda in my market for a new laptop (my current Toshiba laptop is on it's last legs) and I was always going to purchase a MacBook for my next laptop but im just wondering, is now the time? Or will they updated soon with the newer i series chips?

    It's not really an urgent buy but after playing with one at my local Apple store, I do want! :eek:

    I can wait if needed though so what would you're opinions be?
     
  2. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    They were just updated in April, so now is the time. There isn't really a difference between an i3 and core2duo anyway.
     
  3. MacVibe macrumors regular

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    Like OJ Simson and the glove, Ars Technica declared "it won't fit". Meaning, Apple didn't want to do the redesign of the motherboard necessary to allow the i-series and discrete graphics (or non-Intel integrated graphics because Apple wasn't happy with the performance).

    It will probably be next spring before Apple updates the 13in from a core 2 to a newer i-series which will be the Sandy Bridge one.
     
  4. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    It fits fine, and it's no big deal either - but Intel declared, that their I-Series-CPUs are not covered by the license they sold nVidia for chipsets.
    Discrete graphics are not covered by those licenses, but these indeed don't fit.
     
  5. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    No. The speed increase with the mobile i3 isn't really considerable. You'll definitely be taking a hit with the graphics however.

    The battery is already wonderful (i Series chips claim to increase battery efficiency).

    The i Series would only benefit you if you're doing heavy stuff like Film Editing (in which case you'd probably be better served with a 15'' anyway).
     

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