Originally Posted by shawnathan
I've said before, this is the last you'll see of the current MBP body type, and the best the MBP will be for some time. The case redesign is going to require new hardware and with new hardware comes new bugs.
I just bought a new Penryn Macbook Pro, 2.5 GHZ, 200GB 7200rpm and it's going to be sweet. If you need it, buy a Macbook Pro now. In a year and a half, they will be on the first update of the new body type. At that point you should consider if you need a new one. If you care about having the latest greatest body design, wait 6-8 months and see what comes out. But at this point it's only speculation to what will happen and when it will happen. Hell, Tailpipe had people - even me - convinced a redesign was coming Feb 26.
Yes, my reputation is shot to pieces. But I was told two important facts:
- February 26 for the update
- A new MBP enclosure design definitely in the works
I therefore assumed automatically that the new MBP was arriving on said date. At least I got the date right, (you will notice I reported this correctly before the event). As you probably realise, I only got this information, because my contact let something slip during a conversation.
Anyway, I stand by info gleaned over Christmas: new version is still aluminium, but thinner (20 mm versus 24.5mm), lighter, with a new keyboard, larger trackpad, new longer-life Lithium Polymer battery and with latest Penryn / Centrino 2 chipset. I imagine that new packaging only becomes possible with revised Centrino components.
So, if you believe the story at the beginning of this thread, it now it looks as if the redesigned MBP will appear when Centrino 2 makes its debut in May/ June, possibly later, but certainly by September. I stand by my original description: evolution not revolution.
New thinner MBP will weaken case for MacBook Air. Perhaps this was the best reason to delay its introduction?