Originally Posted by Mr. Me
Current Macs can run Windows 7. I don't think that Windows 8 will be out anytime soon. You will get years of productive use out of your Mac running Windows before this becomes an issue. Of course, productive use won't help you win p!ssing contests with your little friends and that's what this is all about, isn't it?
Really? Is this a serious post? I've been thinking about replacing my MBP too, but I'm not dropping $2k on a rather outdated piece of tech (and we're not waiting for a speed-bump here, the bump to i3/5/7 is the the next intel "tick" and it's a large jump, not just in CPU but in a huge number of pieces of the chipset). If I'm justifying the price I need to have a big enough performance boost to make it worth it. For those of us who actually spend our own money on computers that's kinda important. I'm glad you have $2k to drop on outdated tech just because it has an apple logo on it, most people dont. For those of us who make money using our comps it's an even bigger concern, more performance=more work I can get done=more bang/buck on the hardware (also more money to spend on hardware in the future :-p). Is this hard to comprehend?
Plus, in terms of windows, sometimes people want to *game*. A lot of people on this board work using OSX and game under windows. The ability to use both is a current big selling point of buying a mac, one apple's been crying from the rooftops lately. It's not unreasonable for people to want hardware they can use for that with current generation games and decently high settings, and not at todays prices but yesterdays tech.
Yes, there are people for whom the bump wont matter, their general web browsing and word processing wont be altered much, if at all, by the hardware bump. There is, however, nothing wrong for those people who *will* be effected, for whom the performance *does* matter getting frustrated. Bear in mind that at least the upper range of the MBPs bear the "pro" moniker for a reason, they are aimed at professionals, at developers, scientists, photographers, etc - most of whom would welcome a performance boost.