Originally Posted by Marvin
There is a rumour they may show them at Computex in June...
What I'd like to see is the 11" Air wait until Ivy Bridge. If that happens in June, so be it but doubtful.
I think they have to pick between the 13" Air or the 13" MBP, not both. They will inevitably redesign the Pro laptops like the Air so the 13" MBP is going to have SSD and a thin design with no optical drive and be $100 cheaper than the Air but with a faster CPU and the weight difference not much, especially if they have new metal to use.
I think the best option for them would be the following:
11" Air, stays as is but gets a bump in the minimum SSD size and possibly clock speed to either 1.6GHz or 1.86GHz in the entry model but mainly waits until Ivy Bridge.
13" Macbook Air discontinued.
13" MBP has optical removed, i5 CPU + 512MB Radeon 6530 GPU, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD upgradable to 512GB RAID-0 as it has two blade slots.
15" MBP also has optical removed, i5/i7 CPU options + 1GB Radeon 6570M, same SSD situation as 13".
17" same options as the 15" model.
Resolution bumps all round, although I'd prefer better quality screens. Hopefully this was what the $3b deal was for. Hardly anyone will have 1TB in their laptops as it requires 12.5mm drives so 512GB is enough for now.
Ivy Bridge at Computex in June is a demonstration
, not the launch of the cpus. Ivy Bridge will start being available in Q1 2012.
Well, it looks like you're killing both the 13" MBA and the 13" MB, and the integrated ODD in all Apple notebooks... I don't think that will happen in 2011, despite hoping it happens for the 13" MBP in order to get Core ix + a dedicated gpu on this particular model.
If the 11" MBA gets a C2D speedbump this year, it will be to 1.60GHz, there is no 1.86GHz 10W C2Ds.
I don't think 256GB SSD will come standard any time soon, but 128GB in both the 11" MBA and 13" MBP (if that happens) would be nice...
FWIW, later in 2011, my guess would be:
$999 11" MBA C2D 1.40GHz 2GB RAM 320M 128GB
SSD (the current $1199 model)
$1199 11" MBA C2D 1.60GHz 4GB RAM
320M 128GB SSD
$1299 13" MBA C2D 2.13GHz 4GB RAM
320M 128GB SSD
$1599 13" MBA C2D 2.13GHz 4GB RAM
320M 256GB SSD
It would be like a $200 price cut or $200 worth of options for the same price. Less parts in inventory too. But a thin 512GB SSD blade option may also be available by then.
AMD's 6530M/6570M gpus seem to be slightly too hot (26/30W) for the MBPs (currently with a 23W gpu). The 6630M/6650M should be slightly more efficient, but they have also just been released, so maybe it's too late. In any case, the "old" Mobility Radeon HD 5650 (15-19W) offers twice the power of the GT 330M at a lower TDP, which is probably a good thing for a 13" model.
While I wouldn't mind if the ODD was removed from some notebook models, I don't think that people are ready yet, I would still offer some "classic" models in 2011/2012:
- MacBook "classic":
$999 13" 1280*800 2.xxGHz C2D 320M HDD+ODD (current $1199 13" MBP model, or so)
$1199 13" 1280*800 2.66GHz C2D 320M HDD+ODD (current $1499 13" MBP model, or so)
$1799 15" 1440*900 2.50GHz Core i5 dedicated gpu HDD+ODD (current pro model, speedbumped)
$2199 17" 1920*1200 2.50GHz Core i5 dedicated gpu HDD+ODD (current pro model, speedbumped)
- New MacBook Pro (new enclosure, big battery to still get 8-10 hours):
$1499 13" 1440*900 2.50GHz Core i5 dedicated gpu 128GB SSD no ODD, lightpeak (when ready)
$1999 15" 1680*1050 2.50GHz Core i5 dedicated gpu 128GB SSD no ODD, lightpeak (when ready)BTO options: 2.60Ghz Core i5, 2.70GHz Core i7; 8GB RAM; 256GB, 512GB SSD; 2x128GB, 2x256GB, 2x512GB SSD