Originally Posted by ouragan
...the Core i5 provides a quad core architecture for consumers surfing the web, writing or touching up pictures...
Originally Posted by backtomac
I can't imagine how the proles do such tasks on a *gasp* dual core machine.
Enjoy your machine.
LOL. Here I am with a lowly 2ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook... At least it's aluminium. Heh. 4GB of RAM and a 7200rpm 2.5" drive makes an impact. The 9400M is finally a decent integrated GPU.
I am very interested to see what Arrandale offers. At the MacBook Pro 13" price points, if they put a Core i3, I wonder what performance improvements we might see. I have a creepy feeling though the Intel integrated GPU on the Core i3 will be same or slightly worse in performance to the 9400M.
Like I said, quite interested to see what Apple does with Arrandale and if there are any compelling MacBook Pro improvements next year.
Core i5 and i7 on the desktop have been revolutionary. The changes to the Apple laptop offerings in 2010 would be significant, but more evolutionary on the lower-end laptops. The Core i5 with hyperthreading would, though, give Apple's *midrange* 4 logical cores (AFAIK), finally. The 17" would probably have a true 4 physical cores.
Let's hope of a cautious economic recovery in 2010, may it happen well and may lessons be truly, as much as possible, be learnt.