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**insert obligatory Apple complaint here**

WTF?? No sparkly Unicorn? Wah...
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Does anyone know if these are already at the Apple Stores? I was planning on picking one up this morning. Can any east coasters verify if they have already been delivered to the stores?
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"Good enough for the sweet spot in the market" is what they have stressed now for a long time.

If that's true, they're starting to sound like Bose. Their philosophy is to sell to the 60%-70% of the public who wants audio gear that's "good enough". That's the "sweet spot" in the market and I think Apple makes products that are better than just "good enough".
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Perhaps even more telling is that I had just preconfigured my ideal MPB 17 C2D two days ago in the event Apple did not provide the refresh.

Even with the same maximized options, the new model will be nearly $500 cheaper.
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Convenience trumps quality. Every time.

This is America. Look at the coffee market for a good example. Or the take-out food industry. There are a million McDonalds for every fine restaurant. Or the prevalence of MP3s over SACDs.

Quality is a niche. Convenience is mass-market.

This is the unfortunate truth. We're always settling for less.
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Weird, I was just configuring my 15" model and noticed there is no option to pre-install Bento.

You don't save any money with a pre install and when has Apple software ever been that hard to put on yourself.

and it's a pretty good program when your needs are light.

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Apple really isn't a professional minded company anymore. Its for lifestyle consumers with money to burn.

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Easy to use, looks good, lightweight, long battery life.

Those are the important aspects, with geeky performance fantasies taking a back seat.

I don't know a single professional or geek that gets less than a 15 inch laptop for their serious machine. Half of the ones I know go for a 17 inch

so that the 13 inch is left for hobby folks, students etc isn't an issue for them. and probably isn't for most like them

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Yeah because something basic like Blu-Ray, which EVERY OTHER MAJOR PC MANUFACTURER OFFERS is unobtainable "pixie dust" when it comes to Apple. If they ever do offer it I'm sure it will be described as "magical"


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He's full of it. Why is it not a "bag of hurt" for any other manufacturers?

Because they can spread out the licensing costs over thousands of units and not hundreds.

as for your magical, they will skip bluray and go to smaller better quality digital files on SD cards and then (when the size is small enough) direct downloads. that will be Apple's magic.

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Sadly, however, digital copies available for download currently do not offer the audio/video quality of a blu-ray disc. Until parity is reached, I for one have no interest.

Most folks will agree. but the fault of that is not on Apple completely. Yes part of the issue is file size. but the bulk of it is simply that the studios don't want it. they are clinging to the old world of DVDs and Bluray to the point of changing contracts so places like Netflix can't rent even optical discs until at least a month after the sales start. They cling to the outdated tv ratings system and won't embrace ideas like itunes (in part cause they are too lazy to do the math to pass out the proper credits to each show) and so on
Until the studios join the revolution they will keep gimping digital downloads with no fewer features and lower quality to not hurt their precious discs
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Two interesting points for buyers:
2) The performance delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is in the low single digits. The power delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is huge.

This post was extremely useful and changed my decision of what to buy. Stock 17" FTW. Thank you!
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It's been a long time coming, and while the new updates aren't quite as exciting as a brand new design, those of us looking for an upgrade will really welcome the improved specs.

As great as today's MacBooks look, it's interesting to remember that they weren't always so sleek. Here's a photo tour of some of today's MacBook predecessors!

http://thebusride.com/ride/macbooks-through-the-years
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Theories as to why the 13" didn't at least get an i3?
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Two interesting points for buyers:

1) The price difference between the Core i7 17" and Core i7 15" is very slim if you're going to pay $100 for a higher rez panel in the 15". There's even more rez and you have a expresscard slot in exchange for a SD slot, $200 (for the i7 upgrade) and a little weight and size.

2) The performance delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is in the low single digits. The power delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is huge.





http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...e.25085.0.html

Given both have turbo boost and hyperthreading and both are dual-core I'm getting the i5 unless MBP specific benchmarks show a clear advantage for the i7 MBPs.

17" vs 15" I don't know yet.

Thanks for the great information here. Based on this, I'm looking to save $300 by getting the base 15" rather than the top-end 15" (student discount makes the $300 rather than $400). The one question I have is concerning upgrading the memory...

Basically, can I add 4GB of RAM to the 15" MBP later, or would this be a replacement of the base 4GB RAM? Are there empty memory slots? I just don't know that I need 8GB of RAM, but it would be nice to know I can upgrade without throwing away the 4GB that it comes with.
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Theories as to why the 13" didn't at least get an i3?

Aleady explained. To go to i3 means foregoing Nvidia IGP, which means Intel HD IGP. Probably no room in case and surely no room in price for discreet GPU.

It's better than it was yesterday and just be glad they got a special IGP from Nvidia instead of sticking with the 9400M.
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Absolutely. Read the Apple Store spec sheet.

Hint: It is here http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...CBOOKPRO-INDEX

I fully admit to not knowing enough about this topic, but I'm not seeing a performance comparison on that page. It seems that there is a wide variety of core i5s and i7s out there with some i5s being pretty well comparable to i7s.
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Bose is hugely successful. They used to have audophile pretensions, but the sound quality wasn't there. They now make "good enough" sounding stuff in compelling form factors. And sales are through the roof.

Tell me about. The custom integration firm I worked for became a Bose dealer in 2004 (for only 2 years) and I was sent to one of the kool-aid sessions. "Good enough" was their mantra. But then, that's where all the money is. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to over the years that thought Bose was "high-end" stuff. They're all marketing.
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Basically, can I add 4GB of RAM to the 15" MBP later, or would this be a replacement of the base 4GB RAM? Are there empty memory slots? I just don't know that I need 8GB of RAM, but it would be nice to know I can upgrade without throwing away the 4GB that it comes with.

In the past there have only been 2 slots. I'm sure it will be 2x2GB so you will need to purchase 2x4GB in order to upgrade to 8GB of ram.

It's a bummer, but it costs apple way more to do 1x4GB vs 2x2GB.
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Thanks for the link. Still, odd that there's no mention on the tech specs page, which would seem to be the first place to look for that.

The only Core i7 chips that are quad core are the Clarksfield chips, but they are 45nm and 45-55W, which is outside the levels Apple wants to use. They probably didn't see the need to specify that any of them were dual core since now their entire pro line is made up of dual core chips.
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Is it a typo that the FW 800 port is "not" 400 compatible like on the 13" and 17"? They left it out of the spec for that port.
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Damn......no UK iPad or iPhone 4G then....
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Is it a typo that the FW 800 port is "not" 400 compatible like on the 13" and 17"? They left it out of the spec for that port.

Where does it say it's *not* compatible? FW800 spec is designed to be backwards compatible with FW400.
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Two interesting points for buyers:

1) The price difference between the Core i7 17" and Core i7 15" is very slim if you're going to pay $100 for a higher rez panel in the 15". There's even more rez and you have a expresscard slot in exchange for a SD slot, $200 (for the i7 upgrade) and a little weight and size.

2) The performance delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is in the low single digits. The power delta between the i5-540M and the i7-620M is huge.





http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...e.25085.0.html

Given both have turbo boost and hyperthreading and both are dual-core I'm getting the i5 unless MBP specific benchmarks show a clear advantage for the i7 MBPs.

17" vs 15" I don't know yet.

Excellent chart. Nice find.

Now that I see how close the i3 is in performance compared to a 2.9 ghz C2D (t9800), I'm certain I'll wait for the 13" MBP to get a nehalem cpu.

For me, it makes little sense to go from a C2D cpu to a slightly faster C2D cpu. I agree with the other poster who expressed similar sentiments.
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After waiting months for Apple to finally update their MacBook Pro line to catch up in performance with Dell and HP, they finally release new models. However, while they finally went i5 and i7, they only used the new dual core models. You can't even get a quad core version as a BTO. Considering you've been able to buy a quad core laptop from Dell and HP since 2009, this is a pretty big let down.

I had been waiting for quad core models to assist with all the heavy duty RAW work I do, but looks like Apple intends to keep that as a desktop only option. The dual core i5 and i7 don't represent that much of a leap over the 3.06 GHz dual core processor they replace. Even Apple's own tests, which are notoriously generous, peg the improvement in Aperture 3, a performance hog, at 1.1 times faster. 1.1? That's likely not noticeable in real world use.

Looks like the gap between PC and Mac laptop performance is only going to grow given Apple's decision to keep the laptop line at dual core.

In general Apple does not surf the crest of the performance wave. Their systems never have leading edge components or performance. It is not their design philosophy or marketing strategy to release new products merely to brag about speed gains etc. No doubt a Quad core MBP would be nice, but I bet it would have terrible battery life and be hot and heavy. All three of those conditions are non-starters for Apple.
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I fully admit to not knowing enough about this topic, but I'm not seeing a performance comparison on that page. It seems that there is a wide variety of core i5s and i7s out there with some i5s being pretty well comparable to i7s.

You missed the difference in the size of the hard drive.

$1799: 15-inch Intel Core i5

  • 2.4GHz
  • 320GB hard drive


$1999: 15-inch Intel Core i5

  • 2.53GHz
  • 500GB hard drive
post #144 of 335
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Very few Apple customers have your needs. The light weight and the battery life are the most important things in a Mobile Device. Everything else is secondary.

If you need raw performance, there are desktop solutions for you for the time being. It is unknown whether Apple will ever make more high-powered machines, now that they are a mobile device company.

I don't really understand you.

Apple have the MacBook and entry models of iMac for these people.
The MacBook Pro and Mac Pro are machines that's supposed to be used by people who work with their computer - pro stands for professional, right?

I'm baffled with the choice of 256 MB VRAM not only the entry model of the 15", but also for the mid. This is the same amount that was available in MacBook Pro's three years ago. The entry level MacBook Pro 15" should have 512 MB and the more expensive ones 1 GB.
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Its funny, despite all the complaints about Apples macbook products, they're selling extremely well compared to their pc counterparts. I wonder why that is.
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Very nice laptops (save the lack of BD, media card readers, and i3 processors)... Absolutely Horrendous Pricing
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If anyone buys one or looks at them in the stores today can you check System Profiler » Serial-ATA » Link Speed. With SSDs getting 6Gbps is pretty important if I were to consider an SSD.
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You missed the difference in the size of the hard drive.

$1799: 15-inch Intel Core i5

  • 2.4GHz
  • 320GB hard drive


$1999: 15-inch Intel Core i5

  • 2.53GHz
  • 500GB hard drive

Sorry about the confusion, my question wasn't about hard drives but the performance difference between core i5 and core i7.
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Its funny, despite all the complaints about Apples macbook products, they're selling extremely well compared to their pc counterparts. I wonder why that is.

Fact: Windows (based) laptops sell in exponentially greater numbers than Apple laptops, if for no other reason than their exponentially more models/manufacturers from which to choose.
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Sorry about the confusion, my question wasn't about hard drives but the performance difference between core i5 and core i7.

My only complaint is on how Apple marginalizes the product refresh, I mean seriously, how many versions of a laptop do we need? They should just sell maybe two versions of their laptops and call it a day, going from 2.4GHZ to 2.53GHZ is just stupid.
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Fact: Windows (based) laptops sell in exponentially greater numbers than Apple laptops, if for no other reason than their exponentially more models/manufacturers from which to choose.

Fact: There are more stupid people in the world than there are smart ones, there is far more quantity than there is quality in the universe.
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Tell me about. The custom integration firm I worked for became a Bose dealer in 2004 (for only 2 years) and I was sent to one of the kool-aid sessions. "Good enough" was their mantra. But then, that's where all the money is. I can't tell you how many people I've talked to over the years that thought Bose was "high-end" stuff. They're all marketing.

It's a shame that the perception still exists. Their products and brand image seem to be opposing each other. The "high end" people think they're getting comes from visibility in large retailers and deception, like powering 1000 dollar home theatre speakers (built like 200 dollar ones) with 30000 dollars worth of amplification equiptment.
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i need to stop reading US-based news sites, seeing as it reminds me that the US prices are TWENTY-EIGHT PER CENT lower than those in the UK

*sigh*
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Hi All,

Quick question before I order a 15" -- I am thinking of getting the hi-res display. But is it going to make everything look really small??? I know OS X won't have resolution independence until 10.7 I assume. On some very hi-res PC laptops I've seen stuff is simply to small. It's almost unusable. And I am wondering, if I get the hi-res, would I be able to ramp it down to the medium setting say 1440x900 or something and have it "native" and still look good? Is that 1440 also a native res on the hi-res option? Because usually when LCDs go down in resolution they look like complete garbage. Thoughts?

I'm stoked!

Also anyone know whether the SD reader is that new faster SDXC or whatever? And with SD I/O? That'd be icing on the cake. Also the prices are bit steep but I'm going to fork it over and like it. Hah.
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Faster backups is a plenty good reason.

What does the MBP that will allow backups as fast as eSata?

I said Apple doesn't have a reason. I didn't say we don't have a reason. eSATA pales in popularity compared to USB. I suspect it just doesn't make sense for Apple.
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Ok, it's time for Apple to embrace an external SATA port or get going on USB 3. Firewire just doesn't cut it anymore.
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Very few Apple customers have your needs. The light weight and the battery life are the most important things in a Mobile Device. Everything else is secondary.

If you need raw performance, there are desktop solutions for you for the time being. It is unknown whether Apple will ever make more high-powered machines, now that they are a mobile device company.

Agreed, but it's a bitch trying to bike around with a MacPro strapped to my back. It makes weaving through traffic and avoiding cell phone yapping peds especially treacherous.

Yes, I bike to clients' offices with my MBP. Yep, in Manhattan. In traffic.
There's no machine gun mount that fits my bike frame, either.
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My only complaint is on how Apple marginalizes the product refresh, I mean seriously, how many versions of a laptop do we need? They should just sell maybe two versions of their laptops and call it a day, going from 2.4GHZ to 2.53GHZ is just stupid.

Unless you can prove to me that you are more than capable of defining definitively the difference, I will wait for the expert testing and reviews.

I would be stupid not to.
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Fact: There are more stupid people in the world than there are smart ones, there is far more quantity than there is quality in the universe.

We're not talking about the iPhone here
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Its funny, despite all the complaints about Apples macbook products, they're selling extremely well compared to their pc counterparts. I wonder why that is.

Because they are uninformed fools, you see. But only the complainers and whiners can have that view without being accused of being arrogant.
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