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I hope the next MBPs come with HiDPI and IPS displays... but I'll take either one. I expect Apple to focus heavily on Macs this year. I think we're going to be overwhelmed with the Mac updates this year. I also wouldn't be surprised if they expand their line up. At this point they need more products, not less.




I despise having 1/2 the battery life that could be gained from the ODD's space. I despise the lack of ports on the right side of my MBP.

There are a few things I'd like to see from Apple on a display level, but I don't know their feasibility at a manufacturing level within Apple's cost parameters. IPS has obviously gotten a lot cheaper. If they placed a large enough order, I suppose it's possible. The cost breakdown is definitely a bit different with a laptop though, especially with relative cpu costs. It wouldn't surprise me immensely to see them expand their line a bit, but that goes against the general forum attitude until they do such a thing. It's weird because most of the arguments seem to be in favor of whatever Apple is doing at that second.

Looking at the actual hardware that is available, I think it would be good if they maintained some differentiation between their machines. Heat and fan noise seem to be common points of user stress, so better heat dissipation in their power models would be excellent.
post #122 of 184
I do want to keep pretty much everything on the 15 pro, the optical, the ethernet, the rotating hard drive and the better cpu. I can give up the optical for a dual hard drive, one SSD one rotating but prefer optical.

If they dropped the pro completely I would gravitate towards a 13 air and using my desktop more, but at replacement time that desktop might not be an Apple if they dropped the optical out of that one too.
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There are a few things I'd like to see from Apple on a display level, but I don't know their feasibility at a manufacturing level within Apple's cost parameters. IPS has obviously gotten a lot cheaper. If they placed a large enough order, I suppose it's possible.

IPS seems more problematic than HiDPI. I am seeing some IPS panels in other machines but they are still pricey, seem to be low yield at those sizes, but this is Apple we're talking about and even though a 200 PPI* IPS display in a 13" MBP would probably be doable I can't see them doing that until they can put it in the entire line at or near the same time frame.

* HiDPI doesn't need to use a 2x scaling n order to get the appropriate scaling needed, unlike with a window-less OS.

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post #124 of 184
What ever happened to the idea of putting Ethernet and other ports on the power brick? I don't need ethernet when I'm not plugged in, but sure would be nice and convenient to use the brick as a docking station of sorts.

Thought I read here that apple received a patent for this idea?
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What ever happened to the idea of putting Ethernet and other ports on the power brick? I don't need ethernet when I'm not plugged in, but sure would be nice and convenient to use the brick as a docking station of sorts.

Thought I read here that apple received a patent for this idea?

There area couple convenience issues with that idea but the biggest problem is the ability to transport. There have been a couple machines that did just that but they take the ethernet and convert to WiFi so it's even slower than using a USB dongle for 100BASE-T. The only feasible way around this is to use and optical cable for data in the power cable. So we're talking LightPeak that isn't even on the market, but then you'll need a controller in the power supply to convert to copper ethernet which I don't think warrants the cost in and of itself.

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post #126 of 184
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Really? I've been using my 17" MBP since 2006 and haven't found it to be too much to 'lug around'. Sure, it's a big computer, but unless you're incredibly weak, a 6 pound computer instead of a 3 pound computer shouldn't make THAT much of a difference.

Would I like it to be lighter? Sure. But I wouldn't claim that it's not usable because of the size.



I think the point is that in terms of usability and responsiveness, the Air is faster than a MBP for the average user. Again, keep in mind that the quote that started this thread was that a 15" MBA would kill of the Pro FOR THE AVERAGE USER. The average non-pro user isn't doing anything that requires massive CPU or GPU performance, so most people would see a 15" Air with SSD as being at least equal to a conventional 15" Pro with HDD.

No, I am not incredibly weak. Also I was not trying to imply that a 17" was useless or even that it is too heavy.

Since I don't need that big of a screen there is little benefit for me in dragging around a larger and more awkward (and expensive!) computer. If I am hauling the kids around or am out and about for work I think that 17"
is just to big to be convenient. I might be using it in the drivers seat (while parked) or doing an invoice with it perched on the hood of my truck or balanced on my arm.

I am actually thinking about getting the new iPad because I would be more likely to take that with me then I do my 13" Macbook pro. And.. I think that high res screen might be easier on the eyes.

The rest of your comment I agree with. Running office, email, and surfing the inter webs the airs are
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post #127 of 184
Your point???

To be less factious, I think Apple or the article write loses the point of the PRO line. It's for professionals, not for kids reading facebook in bed. If you're going to aim a hardware line and spec it for people who want to do more than browse the web, don't discard functionality for style. Optical is dead or mostly and I'd gladly live with a USB DVD drive for all the times I've used it, but when I'm throwing around multi-gig files on a network I don't want to do it via wireless.

To the commenters on the whole thunderbird/USB 3 adaptor: as long as it's included in the box, then it's cool. Asking someone to pay ~$150 for a standard peripheral on top of the ~$2k you've already paid is pushing the limit.

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Apple would have to be really shitty for not including USB 3.0 once the controller is in the CPU.
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Your point???

My point seems pretty obvious. What's your point?

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In CPU performance? In GPU performance? In drive performance? The only one that is likely is in drive performance because a 7200 RPM HDD is slow.

Definitely drive performance. 7200 RPM drives are fast in terms of reliable, large volume notebook drives, but they don't stack up to SSD as far as speed is concerned.

However, Apple has a clear lead in solid state storage, and they seem to have found a way to manage the fidelity of their SS memory extremely well. Compare their storage — with very little known incidents of failure — to even the best third-party solid state aftermarket drives. The actual mean time between failure for the latter is roughly 9 months. That's astonishingly low, especially when you're talking about sensitive, unique data that's at risk.
post #130 of 184
What I really hope is included with the new laptops is a 1TB disc space. With all the hi-res videos and photos nowadays, 750GB is not (more than) enough. 1TB base space seems like a minimum requirement now.
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Your point???

To be less factious, I think Apple or the article write loses the point of the PRO line. It's for professionals, not for kids reading facebook in bed. If you're going to aim a hardware line and spec it for people who want to do more than browse the web, don't discard functionality for style. Optical is dead or mostly and I'd gladly live with a USB DVD drive for all the times I've used it, but when I'm throwing around multi-gig files on a network I don't want to do it via wireless.

To the commenters on the whole thunderbird/USB 3 adaptor: as long as it's included in the box, then it's cool. Asking someone to pay ~$150 for a standard peripheral on top of the ~$2k you've already paid is pushing the limit.

Again I ask what your point is. I don't see how it addresses my comment about Apple having to actively not include USB 3.0 when its a part of the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture they'll be using.

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post #132 of 184
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I need a gig ethernet port on a pro, just saying Apple.

ThunderBolt (ports, optical drive, graphic expansion).

For all the Storage naysayers, remote, cloud or server.

Thanks.
post #133 of 184
My original point was a sarcastic response to your comment about them being shitty if they would not including a USB 3 port. "your point?" inferred that yes, I think they would do it. I would sincerely hope that I'm wrong, but USB 3 is somewhat of a competitor to TB.

And my apologies, my intent was to be a smart ass, not to start a flame war.

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Apple would have to be really shitty for not including USB 3.0 once the controller is in the CPU.

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Again I ask what your point is. I don't see how it addresses my comment about Apple having to actively not include USB 3.0 when its a part of the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture they'll be using.
post #134 of 184
I've been committed to 17" laptops since 2003, and I really find them awful to lug around. Maybe it doesn't matter so much if you aren't excessively mobile all the time (and by that I mean walking around all day, lugging you gear or commuting on a bike) but for me it has been awkward. They are just a smidge too big for most bags- especially messenger bags (at least the ones I use). If they work for you awesome! I just find them unwieldy.

That said, I am finally upgrading after FAR too may years and I really need Apple to keep the 15" Pros. I hope Apple remembers that professionals buy their laptops too... I don't need an optical drive enough to have one built in (an external is more than fine for the rare times I use it) And I wouldn't mind the extra space being used for something more beneficial- like a SSD boot It would be nice if they kept the ethernet port, but the real necessity is powerful graphics capabilities.

Don't break my heart Apple- stay away from Intel integrated graphics in Pro models.
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post #135 of 184
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My original point was a sarcastic response to your comment about them being shitty if they would not including a USB 3 port. "your point?" inferred that yes, I think they would do it. I would sincerely hope that I'm wrong, but USB 3 is somewhat of a competitor to TB.

And my apologies, my intent was to be a smart ass, not to start a flame war.

That's the problem with sarcasm in text form. It can easily be missed.

FireWire is a lot closer to USB than Thunderbolt is yet Apple never removed USB or kept it at USB 1.1 so that FireWire was the only way to power an iDevice and the only feasible way to sync an iDevice. On top of that Apple had a big stake in FireWire where as Thunderbolt is an Intel tech.

Just like Thunderbolt not requiring Apple (or any vendors that use mDP) to add another port, USB 3.0 allows for backwards compatibility with USB 2.0.

Again, it'll be included in the microarchitecture so for Apple not to add it would be shitty.

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post #136 of 184
I called this yesterday.

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showp...7&postcount=17

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post #137 of 184
I suppose if they merge the Pro and Air lines together, it will be neither a Pro nor an Air, but rather "the new MacBook."
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IPS seems more problematic than HiDPI. I am seeing some IPS panels in other machines but they are still pricey, seem to be low yield at those sizes, but this is Apple we're talking about and even though a 200 PPI* IPS display in a 13" MBP would probably be doable I can't see them doing that until they can put it in the entire line at or near the same time frame.

* HiDPI doesn't need to use a 2x scaling n order to get the appropriate scaling needed, unlike with a window-less OS.

Well a few years ago IPS was extremely expensive, and LG panels weren't so great. Things have changed obviously, but in the past IPS leveraged out older crt displays where quality was needed. Obviously phones were another matter as they became a big point of growth. Given that a number of low cost IPS displays exist, I'm guessing it would be possible in a notebook space if Apple really wanted it. The large premium on such a display is likely due to low volume, but HP has a 15" 1920x1080 with their dreamcolor label. To give Apple credit, the current displays really aren't bad for TN displays. Some of the older ones sucked. If implementation was simple enough they could do something like bump the current "high resolution" display to a standard option and offer IPS as an upgrade with higher resolution. I guess it would be an issue of how many people are willing to pay for such a thing. My point before was that laptops got passed over there. IPS made headway on desktop displays where quality was needed in medical, broadcast, prepress, color grading, etc. to replace aging crts. Then the next big thing was smartphones, although I have no idea what the display cost is for the iphone.

Displays are a really quirky issue though. There are so many aspects and so many small pieces of circuitry that affect performance and stability. I'm not a huge fan of Apple in terms of desktop displays. They have different issues from some of the others on the market.


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I called this yesterday.

http://forums.appleinsider.com/showp...7&postcount=17

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Did you take note that the rumor was started by a troll blog?
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Why not use YouSendit or Dropbox? Very easy to use solutions

Dropbox at $9.99 per month gets you 50GB. That is probably less than the cost of the shipping of the DVD.

On top of that they will have it on their system ready to go in a much faster time. Plus, if it's just a routine editing of the same basic file it will only sync the changes which can make it nearly instantaneous. Finally, with the paid service all versions are stored indefinitely which means you'll never be more than a few clicks away from older files.

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post #140 of 184
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Rumors of a larger 15-inch MacBook Air continue to surface, with the latest claim suggesting Apple is gearing up to launch a larger ultraportable notebook in April. [...]

Who knows? Maybe all these nebulous rumors were triggered when some leaker saw the enclosure for the new 15" MacBook Pro. Thinner, like the MacBook Air. More tapered, like the MacBook Air. No optical drive, like the MacBook Air. None of those changes should surprise anyone in the slightest.

Remember, way back in January 2008, when the first MacBook Air was announced? Steve Jobs pulled one out of that manila envelope and said "We think it's the future of notebooks." The tag line for MacBook Air ads was "The future of notebooks." Well it's been more than four years since then. That particular future is now.

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The iPad 3 is now the iPad.
The iPhone 5 will be called the iPhone.
The MacBook Air will be called the MacBook

I think there won't be a Pro version anymore. I think the 15" MacBook will have the following:
64GB SSD for the O/S
500GB microdrive for applications and files
No optical disk
Thunderbolt
USB 3.0 (50% chance it could still be USB 2.0 which would suck)
Wifi ac (Apple will be first to market with this 3x speed upgrade from Wifi n)

The powerbrick will have the following features:
1. Gigabit ethernet port.
2. Thunderbolt cable with integrated power and gigabit ethernet (over thunderbolt) from the power brick to a magsafe connector on the MacBook. This will be a specific custom cable but that's ok for this application.
3. Separate Thunderbolt connector on the power brick to connect a CinemaDisplay monitor.

The above powerbrick option will let a person connect one magsafe connector to charge the MacBook, give you gigabit ethernet over thunderbolt, and connect a CinemaDisplay, all over one cable connection. Keeping in simple is the Apple way.

Throw in Retina and it's sold so far as I am concerned.
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I hope they don't just simply add a 15" MBA.

I'd rather see the MBA and MBP combined into one all new exciting design, preferably in black rather than silver.

black ! God no, lets not go back to that monstrosity...
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No, that's baloney. The Air at it's widest has more than enough room to accommodate it. They could stick it on the back where I've seen numerous other laptops put them.

How would you then open up the lid. With the screen up it covers the entire back panel.

This design is very elegant. I cannot see them dropping it in a month of sundays
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Who knows? Maybe all these nebulous rumors were triggered when some leaker saw the enclosure for the new 15" MacBook Pro. Thinner, like the MacBook Air. More tapered, like the MacBook Air. No optical drive, like the MacBook Air. None of those changes should surprise anyone in the slightest.

Remember, way back in January 2008, when the first MacBook Air was announced? Steve Jobs pulled one out of that manila envelope and said "We think it's the future of notebooks." The tag line for MacBook Air ads was "The future of notebooks." Well it's been more than four years since then. That particular future is now.

The air is the future... post pc era..... blah blah..

They say this stuff because it sounds cool. These rumors are nothing more than bloggers trying to pick a winner. You really don't need credible information when the rumor already plays into popular opinion.
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I want a Macbook Pro with a Retina Display!

+10000000 on this
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There area couple convenience issues with that idea but the biggest problem is the ability to transport. There have been a couple machines that did just that but they take the ethernet and convert to WiFi so it's even slower than using a USB dongle for 100BASE-T. The only feasible way around this is to use and optical cable for data in the power cable. So we're talking LightPeak that isn't even on the market, but then you'll need a controller in the power supply to convert to copper ethernet which I don't think warrants the cost in and of itself.

If they do go the optical route and it is pricey, maybe that coincides with the merging of the lines? Buy a Macbook and it comes with a standard power brick and no onboard ethernet port. But they also sell an optional "Pro" power supply/port. Found the original article that mentioned the patent:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...connector.html
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Apple will drop both the "Air" and the "Pro" monikers with a move similar to what they did with the new iPad.

We'll now have the 11" Macbook, 13" Macbook, 15" Macbook, and in a few months the 17" Macbook.
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this is not a matter of if.
it's a matter when

and this
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/n...-battery/18985

makes me think we're going to see unheard of battery life in portables really soon
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Apple will drop both the "Air" and the "Pro" monikers with a move similar to what they did with the new iPad.

We'll now have the 11" Macbook, 13" Macbook, 15" Macbook, and in a few months the 17" Macbook.

Not likely.

Apple didn't merge the Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro products into a single product line and I don't see any reason why they'd do it with laptops.
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Or they could offer a dual-drive system that uses both the SSD card found in the MBAs and a 2.5" SSD/HDD drive

I first thought that this would have been a great compromise, giving people a nice way to make a dual drive MacBook Pro. A lot of people like having that 750 to 1000 GB hard disk in their laptop. But I think the spinning Hard Disk is no longer appropriate for a portables.

I want Apple to blow us away with a completely solid state MacBook Pro. Putting in slots for two or three "MBA" style SSDs and then update Disk Utility so that you could create a RAID array across the drives. That would offer more capacity and/or better performance and/or maybe a little data redundancy. Larger disk-based storage devices could be accessed via the Thunderbolt Port, a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet Port, or the new wireless AirPort (802.11ac). That's a nice variety of connectivity options...

I may take a lot of flak for saying this, but the 2.5" drive form factor is a waste of space. That space would better be used to beef up the battery. The bigger battery can drive a brighter display, with more pixels (retina), and better graphics chip, all the while delivering more hours of happy usage.
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Not likely.

Apple didn't merge the Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro products into a single product line and I don't see any reason why they'd do it with laptops.

I couldn't disagree more. It makes perfect sense to have one name for the entire line: Macbook.

Really, why have two Macbook Air models 11" and 13" and two Macbook Pro models 15" and 17". They could call the 11" an Air, but why differentiate when they are all going to be Air-like slim according to the proposed rumors? Calling the larger, but aesthetically identical, laptops "Pro" seems superfluous.
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I first thought that this would have been a great compromise, giving people a nice way to make a dual drive MacBook Pro. A lot of people like having that 750 to 1000 GB hard disk in their laptop. But I think the spinning Hard Disk is no longer appropriate for a portables.

I want Apple to blow us away with a completely solid state MacBook Pro. Putting in slots for two or three "MBA" style SSDs and then update Disk Utility so that you could create a RAID array across the drives. That would offer more capacity and/or better performance and/or maybe a little data redundancy. Larger disk-based storage devices could be accessed via the Thunderbolt Port, a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet Port, or the new wireless AirPort (802.11ac). That's a nice variety of connectivity options...

I may take a lot of flak for saying this, but the 2.5" drive form factor is a waste of space. That space would better be used to beef up the battery. The bigger battery can drive a brighter display, with more pixels (retina), and better graphics chip, all the while delivering more hours of happy usage.

They may go that route if they deem that internal storage isn't the most important aspect for a pro notebook. I'm thinking it still has its merits and selling points which is why I don't think the 2.5" drive can die quite yet.

It's a couple years now (maybe three) that I removed my ODD and replaced it with an OptiBay so I can place a HDD in that space. I then added a 2nd gen Intel X25 80GB SSD where the standard drive goes. Then in OS X System Preferences under Users I rerouted the entire HDD to become my user partition. This gives me the unique ability to have my system boot in under 10 seconds, wake from sleep in under 2 seconds, and launch pretty much every app instantly all while getting a substantial amount of storage. I now have a 1TB 9.5mm HDD for my user folder. It's the best of both world for me.

Right now, the ODD is a 13.7mm drive which allows one to use a 13.5mm thick HDD in the standard HDD bay. For Apple to waste less space while cost to GB go down slowly over the next few years they could use a 9.5mm max drive. Or, they could even go with a 7mm single platter drive. I think you can get about 500GB from them now, which may still be too small for many pro users.

Regardless, I hope they do offer a fast boot system with a lot of storage at a good price. Outside of that I don't care how they do it even though my criteria do limit the possibilities.

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I actually prefer all ports in the back so the cables are not sticking out the side where you are likely to have a book, papers, a mouse, a cup of coffee etc.

Me too, like my old Pismo.

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Won't happen so long as they use their current hinge design. I see no evidence that they would move from this hinge design.

Ah, good point.

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Really? I've been using my 17" MBP since 2006 and haven't found it to be too much to 'lug around'. Sure, it's a big computer, but unless you're incredibly weak, a 6 pound computer instead of a 3 pound computer shouldn't make THAT much of a difference.

Would I like it to be lighter? Sure. But I wouldn't claim that it's not usable because of the size.

When I first got my 17' (July '09), I lugged it wherever I went. It was heavy, but compared to other 15 and 17 inchers, very luggable. Now that I've stopped carrying it except when I really need to, however, it does feel very heavy.

But I love the real estate of the 17", I don't think I could go smaller.

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One person familiar with the new MacBook Pro designs said "they're all going to look like MacBook Airs."

Should it not be "Macbooks Air"?
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ghostface, I feel your pain regarding vendors, but respectfully the hassle of getting them up to speed or switching vendors pales in comparison to the time you spend writing and labeling media.

It was borderline in maybe 2010 but in 2012 GoogleDocs and Dropbox have solved the issue of the person on the other end not understanding how to ftp. Seriously, any vendor who doesn't let you exchange a few gigs of files online every week, however you do it, is probably not up to speed on the rest of their scene either. How do you get the media to them, anyway? Messenger? Fedex? It adds up to much more than a little investment in an online privately shared encrypted folder setup, and it's easier to deal with than it might sound.

Many large, content-creation firms (studios, post-houses, etc) have shifted to Aspera.

We're not going to see an end to the need for Ethernet though. Any of the three customers I've just mentioned have on average, a staggering number of Macs. The daily data transfer rates would make the best WiFi networks melt.

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I could live without both as long as I can hook up an optical drive through thunderbolt and have a thunderbolt to ethernet adapter so that you don't have to get pathetic 10/100 speeds from that lousy usb to ethernet adapter. The biggest thing for me is getting a real video card, not some integrated, toy card from Intel. That and if you are getting rid of the hard drives from SSDs, at least make the upgrading substantially cheaper and offer comparable storage. Paying an additional $1,100 for a 512 GB SSD to replace the standard 750 HD is ridiculous...

I agree that Apple needs to get competitive on SSD pricing if they wish to retain thought leaders and tech pros with their high end MBPs (MBAs?) ...

As for gig eth & the rest, I'm just getting a 27" TB Cinema Display for all that. A high-end graphics chip needs to be onboard however, to drive what I hope will be a retina display (or close) on these laptops.
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post

While I agree, I expect the next generation MBA to have an option of 8 GB of RAM on the motherboard. The Pro may have the option to go to 16 GB.

My gawd, I hope so! The memory size of 4GB is the *only* reason I don't own a 13.3" MBA already and I've told this to numerous Apple retail employees every time I walk into an Apple store!
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I first thought that this would have been a great compromise, giving people a nice way to make a dual drive MacBook Pro. A lot of people like having that 750 to 1000 GB hard disk in their laptop. But I think the spinning Hard Disk is no longer appropriate for a portables.

I want Apple to blow us away with a completely solid state MacBook Pro. Putting in slots for two or three "MBA" style SSDs and then update Disk Utility so that you could create a RAID array across the drives. That would offer more capacity and/or better performance and/or maybe a little data redundancy. Larger disk-based storage devices could be accessed via the Thunderbolt Port, a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet Port, or the new wireless AirPort (802.11ac). That's a nice variety of connectivity options...

I may take a lot of flak for saying this, but the 2.5" drive form factor is a waste of space. That space would better be used to beef up the battery. The bigger battery can drive a brighter display, with more pixels (retina), and better graphics chip, all the while delivering more hours of happy usage.

You're arguing some things that don't really make a difference. Brighter isn't better in terms of displays. It's not really needed unless you feel they grow too dim as they age. There are far better ways to improve a display than raising its maximum luminance.

I don't mind the MBA style ssds, but you should consider cost here. That kind of density is most likely very expensive. I'm sure the idea would sell, but I don't know that you'd feel the difference as much as you expect.
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Because that's a substantial rip off compared to them just leaving in the port?

I haven't used my Ethernet port in something like 5 years.

So my prediction is it's gonna go.

BTW no one said they'd kill the MBP line - the guy quoted in the rumor said it would "kill the pro for the average consumer" meaning the new 15" air would be a way better / cheaper / nicer choice for any non-pro.

Pro or not imma get that puppy. Been waiting for this for so long...
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

The only times I use an optical drive is when I have to send a huge publishing project to Japan or Europe. Many times those archives are 2-3 GB. I can FedEx them there by the time they could download them, if the download even makes it to the end without disconnecting for some reason.

The other thing we use DVDs for is backing up our accounting data and putting it in the fire safe off site. I don't want that stuff on somebody's computer or in the cloud and DVDs are a lot cheaper and more secure than USB memory sticks.

Dude - it's 2012. I can download 1GB in about 1 hour and I am in a 3rd world country with shitty internet connections. Japan or Europe? Please.

Use download managers if you have disconnect issues. Use a seed box (100MB up/down) and make torrents, that costs all of $5/month. Or a dedicated FTP server. Or Dropbox, actually, which automates all of this stuff.
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