Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Update: The new MacBook Pro will reportedly feature two NVIDIA graphics cards, according to Engadget and our own sources -- an integrated GPU for normal use and a dedicated card that will be tapped when the extra power is needed.
I won't be buying right away if this is the case.
Our sources add that the two chips will combine to support Hybrid SLI, where the integrated graphics chip would assist the GPU to boost performance when the MacBook Pro is plugged to a power socket while the dedicated chip would be shut down when the system was unplugged from power socket to lower overall graphics power consumption.
It should be noted that switching from integrated to discrete GP is an aspect of Centrino2,as well. I'm not sure of Intel got it workign correctly since the last time AnandTech tested it, I just don't want people incorrectly thinking this is an "Apple innovation".
As such, Apple will also be touting some "sick" battery claims on these new notebooks, our sources claim.
This will be great. I hope they have included a switch in preferences to disallow the turning off of the GPU while running on battery.
On its blogs, AppleInsider also noted that a new 17-inch MacBook Pro is unlikely to surface tomorrow (though one exists in the labs), a bumped MacBook Air may not be immediately available for purchase, and that Blu-ray drives may not happen.
I can see the 17" being delayed, but why the MBA? Are the SFF (22m^2) Montevina/Penryn not in production yet?
Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
Looks like they will use just the trackpad itself.
I personally turn of trackpad clicking because I get too many false positives.
Me too, but Apple has been making their trackpads more-and-more intellligent. Is it possible that it could only accept taps from the lower 5th of the trackpad and ignore all other taps, the way it ignores your palm resting on it, etc.
Originally Posted by webraider
Could Display port enable apple to finally show BlueRay media from their computers to their displays????
DVI, HDMI, and DP all allow for the HDCP needed for playing BD-Video, but I think the issue was the processor and MoBo not allowing for a completely secure path. I still don't foresee BRD in any of these Mac notebooks, but is it not possible that an external BRD could still not offer end-to-end HDCP encryption?
Originally Posted by Haggar
Every time a new display technology is released, Apple has to go and make their own proprietary version of the connector. Why is Apple so obsessed with making proprietary display connectors? What's wrong with using the standard DisplayPort connector?
The source who filed that reported added that the new MacBook Pro featured what appears to be a mini DisplayPort (possibly corroborating a recent blog post) rather than a mini DVI port.
DisplayPort makes sense, but the pic I saw looks like a Mini-DVI to me. However, DP is a protocol that can output both HDMI and DVI, so I foresee no technical reason why Apple can't reuse the Mini-DVI port on their machines so that older ACDs can easily connect to their new Macbooks, while simultaneously allowing their older Mac notebooks can connect to their ACDs.
In other words, unlike video port changes of the past, DisplayPort has the unique foresight to be able to be used with seamlessly with DVI so no new connector on the machine itself is actually needed. Now, has Apple made this Mini-DVI-looking port on these new machines capable of outputting the 10.8Gbps that DP can? I guess I'll have to go do some port pin counting...
edit: DisplayPort has 20-pins for the typical connector, while Mini-DVI has 32-pins, so there is a good deal of logic for Apple to reuse the MiniDVI connector to reduce cost and the number of cables that consumers would have to to potentially carry if they are moving their machines between new and old ACDs.