Your expectations for the next macbook (keep all macbook update questions here)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by OliverOSX93, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. OliverOSX93 macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I thought we could use a consolidated thread to keep "will the MacBook get this, that or the other" threads from rearing their head every 5 minutes.

    what do you think will be in the next refresh for the MacBook?

    personally, looking at apples history with updates it seems like they will be sticking with the 320m for graphics. Unless they want to use an ATI mobile chip and an i3. More than likely the processor will get a speed bump (3GHz?).

    Feel free to post your own expectations/wants.
  2. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
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    3GHz on the White MacBook is never gonna happen.
  3. MacVibe macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    I'll assume that Apple keeps its $999 price point and compare that to what will be offered in a $699 windows notebook.

    • -4 GB ram, expandable to 8
    • -core i5, Sandy Bridge variety with integrated Intel graphics
    • -sd slot, the same type found on netbooks, and MB pros, and pretty much all other portable computers these days
    • -same res found in the 13 air just released
    • -a hybrid drive (e.g. momentus xt) or Apple equivalent design.

    If they so choose, they can leave the cool aluminum case, backlit keyboard, glass screen, firewire, battery indicator, etc. on the pro version to differentiate it from the MB.

    USB3 would be nice to make it more future proof but seeing the lack of enthusiasm by Apple thus far I kind of doubt they'll adopt it in the spring.
  4. hamlin macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Late 2009 specs:

    2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
    1066MHz frontside bus
    2GB (two 1GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 4GB
    Geforce 9400m
    250gb hard drive
    *same casing/screen as 2010*

    Mid 2010 specs:

    2.4GHz : 250GB
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB DDR3 memory
    250GB hard drive1
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
    Built-in 10-hour battery2

    Other than processer, battery life and video card they are the same. And not even much of an upgrade.

    This is my prediction for new macbook.

    C2D 2.6 ghz
    Geforce 320m(maybe 330m)
    Same case/screen as now
    2-4 gigs ram, max 8 gb.
    300ish gb hard drive.
  5. glossywhite macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2008
    Never say "never"

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  6. Tom8 macrumors 6502a

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    I mean in the sense that it's never gonna happen on this particular product refresh. Later down the line I'm sure it will happen.
  7. R94N macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    I think they'll keep the optical drive for a couple more years.
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You're funny. i5 will not happen in the MB. Maybe i3. No hi-res, possible on the next 13" MBP though. Hybrid drive is a bit of a longshot, more likely as an option though.
  9. Orree macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010
    When is the next MacBook update expected? Before or after Christmas? Not sure whether the MacRumours Buyer's Guide is right this time.
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Absolutely no one knows when it will be updated. Rumors run anywhere from tomorrow to April. There will not be an update before Christmas - it's too late to do it. I'd guess March to be realistic.
  11. freddyr439 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    Is there going to be an event on this NOV 20?
  12. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Core i3 (Sandy Bridge) and Intel IGP. Release about a month after MBPs so sometime in late Q1 or Q2 2011
  13. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madison, WI
    You're not going to see 3GHz on a consumer laptop. Pentium 4's ran at 3GHz, and that's why they're not called laptops anymore but instead notebooks, because you can't run a 3GHz processor on your lap.

    Look at Mac Pros. Their processors get slower every iteration. Processor speed is not the object we're looking at. Open up activity monitor and do an intensive task that slows your machine down. I bet it's disk lag.

    EDIT -
    Furthermore, my desktop is a 1.25GHz dual G4 and performs neck and neck with my MacBook for web browsing, email checking, etc. My 400MHz PowerBook G3 is close.

    EDIT 2 -
    Core2 Duo or i3/i5 running between 2.0 and 2.5GHz
    2GB or 4GB of RAM standard, supported up to 8GB
    3X0m graphics card
    500GB hard drive standard, upgrade available to 7200rpm

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