Originally Posted by romandoc
How about a friggin IPS screen, totally appropriate in a $2k+ laptop, so I won't get an instant headache and eyestrain when looking at the screen.
Agreed. If they can manage to go IPS and keep the overall price the same, I hope they do. I don't get headaches so much, but it's really hard to do photo/graphics work if the colors shift every time I change my viewing angle.
Originally Posted by NeilM
A modest capacity SSD boot/app drive, say 128GB, would give great speed benefits yet not be too expensive. Then a regular rotating platter HD would take care of mass storage needs. Best of both worlds at a reasonable price!
We have a MacPro workstation set up this way and it's great. Boot and app launch times are 3-4 times faster.
I'd be happy to outboard my MacBook Pro's optical drive, something I find myself using maybe once every two or three months.
Now that 512 GB SSD drives are a viable option, how about doubling that? And eschew the HDD altogether. HDDs were so yesterday.
Two 512 GB SSDs in the space once taking up by the ODD, plus 128 or 256 GB Boot drive. I would like to see the next iteration of MBPs have no
moving parts other than the screen hinge. I like the idea of never again having to worry about the drive head touching a spinning platter. Also, solid state components don't suffer from physical wear and tear, and use less battery juice than mechanical parts. In other words, going all solid state would reduce weight and power consumption, and be more durable.
I would not be surprised if Apple sets "10-hour battery life" as their goal for the entire portable line in either this coming iteration, or the next. I think that's feasible if they go all solid state.
Originally Posted by cwfrederick
NICE! this is exactly what i was imagining/hoping for with the last round of MBP rumors, and i never saw a mockup as good as this. the liquid metal makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons if it is doable. and to all the people calling for a tapered body.. that is NOT a good idea. the MBP is supposed to be powerful, giving it a taper will take away from that, not to mention the needless homogenization of the macbook aesthetic. the squared off frame is where it gets all it's sense of power, and with a darker tone it will look awesome!
Erm. I'm fine with color options on Apple's "consumer" line, but not for the "pro" line. The last thing Apple needs is another "White iPhone" debacle. Also the aluminum grey is a good neutral color for pros who need to do a lot of photo/graphics work.
Originally Posted by Scaramanga89
He has a very valid point, which you are choosing to ignore. He got a crap machine. I realise Apple are selling a higher volume of machines than they used to, but their QA standards have gone down in recent years, there's no doubting it.
So many issues with so many items. Take a look at the new MBP, there are a litany of issues with it. I went back to a Mac mini server from a 2011 MBP because it was doing my head in. Weak wifi, overheating, huge graphical problems when I switched between profiles, the list goes on. And I wasn't alone, there are huge threads on all of those on the support forums. I know, I was on them since purchase in March.
This thing of seeing a lot of people at the Genius Bar and/or service desk is representative of a subset of Apple customers: those who have problems with their machines. You're not going to have very many people making appointments at the Genius Bar just to talk about how happy they are with their Macs and how they don't have any problems. Most likely the only people you'll see there are people with problems. It's tautological.
My point is, unless you know what the people in the customer service line represent as a percentage of Apple's overall customer base, you can't make a good judgment about Apple's standards of quality. Of course, when you're the one with the problem, the last thing you want is to be dismissed as a statistical anomaly.
Originally Posted by cnocbui
How exactly does liquid metal makes sense?
Its both very heavy and many times more costly than aluminium. Liquid metal makes sense for small highly stressed components like screen hinges.
It was my understanding that LiquidMetal was a lighter
alloy than steel or aluminum*; the downside being that it's very expensive, so not conducive to building a complete shell out of it. Most likely, it will be used for parts/components that take advantage of its durability (hinges, substructure).
*plus, if you shoot bullets at it, it will heal itself.
For shells, carbon fiber makes a lot more sense IMO.
I think aluminum is still prettier than carbon fiber.
I think the screen on the MBP is piss-poor given what they cost. I wish Apple would offer the matte high res option screen on the i3" and not just the 15"
I mostly agree. While the glossy screens look clean and pretty, that layer of glass between the actual display and your eye refracts the light coming out, which will affect the colours. It's annoying when I can't tell what are the real
colors when I'm looking at my 13" MB's screen--they change according to the tilt angle of the screen.
I've got a far better screen on my phone than my MBP, which is a ridiculous state of affairs.
Well, my guess is that the cost of high-quality displays goes up exponentially with size, i.e. a "retina display" for an iPhone/iPod touch is much
cheaper per square inch than scaling that same pixel density up to a 17" display.
And for all those calling for dumping the optical drive - could you please tell me how you run software that requires the original disc to be present in the drive in order to run?
Um. The MBA puts the OS install on a USB stick. Problem solved.