Apple's new MacBook Pros rumored with 16GB SSD boot disk, white model could be axed

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
With the expected launch of new MacBook Pro models on Thursday, a new report claims Apple's hardware will come with 16GB solid-state drives to quickly boot the operating system, and also says the company plans to discontinue its white polycarbonate entry-level MacBook.



Citing a "trusted source," French Apple site MacGeneration reported Tuesday a number of alleged details about Apple's forthcoming MacBook Pro refresh. The site claimed that Apple sees its $999 11-inch MacBook Air as its new entry-level notebook, replacing the current $999 plastic MacBook.



As for the new MacBook Pros, it was said that the notebooks will feature 16GB Go SSD mSATA drives that will store the Mac OS X operating system. This separate internal drive would allow the devices to boot faster from solid state memory, much like with the new all-flash MacBook Air models. Similar details were claimed in a separate report on Monday.



The 13-inch model will also reportedly abandon the Core 2 Duo processor and make the move to Intel's Core i3 chip. The report also said that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will also have a screen resolution of 1,440-by-900 pixels, and will feature three USB ports.



The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is also believed to offer 12 hours of battery life, and will allegedly weigh 200 grams less. And it said users will have the option to add a matte screen to the high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro. Prices for the two 13-inch models were said to be €1,199 and €1,499.



On the larger 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models, MacGeneration claims that Apple will offer customers the option to replace the SuperDrive with a solid-state drive. The 15-inch model was said to be lighter at 2.3kg, while the 17-inch model will weigh 2.65kg. It also said the 15-inch MacBook Pro will offer 10 hours of battery life.



In addition, it was said that the 17-inch MacBook Pro will have 8GB of RAM, while the 15-inch model was said to have a screen resolution of 1,680 by 1,050 pixels.



Finally, the site heard from another source that Apple is expected to debut "new technology" in the new MacBook Pro models, a tidbit that implies the inclusion of Intel's high-speed Lightpeak technology. Last week, a separate report claimed that Apple is on the verge of announcing the new connector for its Mac lineup.



MacGeneration has a respectable track record with Apple-related product leaks. Last year, ahead of the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the site revealed details about the Safari 5 Web browser before it was announced.
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  • Reply 1 of 55
    They're discriminating on white now? What's up with that?! jk..
  • Reply 2 of 55
    The 2 MacBook and 4 MacBooks Air models show shipping within 24 hours, which would be consistent with EOL-ing the MacBook and continuing the Air as is.



    FWIW, the plastic enclosure on my 2-year-old MacBook has not been anywhere near as durable as my warhorse aluminum PowerBook G4.
  • Reply 3 of 55
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,693member
    The "new technology" could be the 16GB boot disk, if that's real. Though I would hope it's LightPeak.
  • Reply 4 of 55
    Guess this suggests these wont be using any defective intel chips if these have more than one sata drive...
  • Reply 5 of 55
    hrdhrd Posts: 1member
    Will the new MacBook Pro roll out across the world at midnight local time or will we all have to wait for the US to wake up?
  • Reply 6 of 55
    gary54gary54 Posts: 169member
    users directory being on a different volume than the boot volume? I have played with that and its a pain in the a** no matter how you do it. Its not just files, its the whole user directory library which contains caches, prefs, app support etc.
  • Reply 7 of 55
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    Originally Posted by Gary54 View Post


    users directory being on a different volume than the boot volume? I have played with that and its a pain in the a** no matter how you do it. Its not just files, its the whole user directory library which contains caches, prefs, app support etc.



    I agree the standard install for apps as well as users folder would change. An OS update would be needed. I dont see this rolling out right now. Not this close to ( far from?) 10.7 coming out
  • Reply 8 of 55
    Really hoping to turn the drive space into battery!



    I already use an SSD, was early on the bandwagon, so would love to keep the one I have.
  • Reply 9 of 55
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    Originally Posted by sportytoes View Post


    Guess this suggests these wont be using any defective intel chips if these have more than one sata drive...



    Defective chips can use 2 SATA devices without any problems, not one.
  • Reply 10 of 55
    *sniffle, sniffle* I remember getting my first laptop way back when the first white iBook with only a CD OD came out. Man oh man, I thought it was the coolest laptop on the planet. The Dock was on the bottom and you could make the "genie" effect. So cool! Slot loading OD. Then I added a wifi card ($79) and put it in myself! Wow! I loved that machine! Even the white pwr brick was pretty and had a unique feature. I think Apple called it cable management or something!



    But the Apple white motif had its day, I guess. For a long time I preferred the white so much more than the corporate colors of funeral black and pallbearer gray of the PC world. It was so bright, clean and fresh. Chicks would come up to me like it was a cute little puppy or something.



    So long old friend!



    I do now prefer the cool aluminum look of the MBA's and MBP's, iMacs and the iPad, iPhone 4, etc. Especially because of the recyclable qualities of the aluminum and glass.



    Go Apple!



    Best
  • Reply 11 of 55
    With all these rumors from supposed "insiders" you would think there would be some solid information about the video processor. If they plan to use the integrated graphics included with Sandy Bridge as the primary video source, I don't see how this would be an improvement over the current generation. The standard SSD option would be nice, but you could always change out the drive in a current generation MBP and get the same benefit.



    Until one of the rumors comments on the GPU, I'll remain skeptical on any details I see......



    FYI- I've never owned a Mac, and plan to buy one as soon as the new generation is launched. Depending on the new specs I'll either get a new one, or one of the numerous used ones that will end up on ebay and Craigslist once the new ones are announced.
  • Reply 12 of 55
    dishdish Posts: 64member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hrd View Post


    Will the new MacBook Pro roll out across the world at midnight local time or will we all have to wait for the US to wake up?



    It will be like Christmas, you must wait for Mommy and Daddy to wake up before you can open your presents.....that's a good boy.
  • Reply 13 of 55
    gary54gary54 Posts: 169member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sportytoes View Post


    I agree the standard install for apps as well as users folder would change. An OS update would be needed. I dont see this rolling out right now. Not this close to ( far from?) 10.7 coming out





    Users directory AND applications. Thats nothing to sneeze at in terms of gigs of space used, thank you for mentioning it! My own app folder exceeds that 16 gigs by itself.



    Then there are the application support files in the root library itself, some of which can add up to mega gigs. Then files like voices and dictionaries. They are nothing to sneeze at either.



    Then there are the invisibles. The sleep image, the swap file, the temp files. The umpteen million printer files that are never used.



    Then you cannot repair permissions on a not-boot volume.



    If you are doing a 16 gig boot volume, there is some serious rearranging in order.
  • Reply 14 of 55
    kolchakkolchak Posts: 1,398member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gary54 View Post


    Users directory AND applications. Thats nothing to sneeze at in terms of gigs of space used, thank you for mentioning it! My own app folder exceeds that 16 gigs by itself.



    Then there are the application support files in the root library itself, some of which can add up to mega gigs. Then files like voices and dictionaries. They are nothing to sneeze at either.



    Then there are the invisibles. The sleep image, the swap file, the temp files. The umpteen million printer files that are never used.



    Then you cannot repair permissions on a not-boot volume.



    If you are doing a 16 gig boot volume, there is some serious rearranging in order.



    I keep all my data in a separate partition with only bare essentials in my home folder. Yet my boot partition already exceeds 60GB. 16 is worthless.
  • Reply 15 of 55
    sennensennen Posts: 1,465member
    Exciting times for those looking to buy or upgrade. My one and a half year old 17" mbp is still going strong, but I'm seriously thinking about swapping out the superdrive for an SSD to give it a little bit of a boost (and to help relieve the feeling of being left behind!).
  • Reply 16 of 55
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    Originally Posted by Gary54 View Post


    How are they dealing with the users directory being on a different volume than the boot volume?



    It doesn't sound very difficult for the unix engineers at Apple to do this. Unix has long been able to mount a partition at any arbitrary location, e.g. 2nd hard disk mounted at /Users. OS X can do this.
  • Reply 17 of 55
    I can't wait for this machine to go on sale as I'll be replacing my dearly departed 1st generation MBP (32-bit Core Duo). This was a good machine when it worked, but over its lifespan was also the most problematic Mac I've ever owned. Three batteries due to the bulging battery issue, and two logic board replacements. Another logic board issue finally finished it off (cost of repair vs. cost of new machine). Sandy Bridge is supposed to offer quite a performance boost; these new machines could be the most exciting portables Apple has released in years.
  • Reply 18 of 55
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by melgross View Post


    The "new technology" could be the 16GB boot disk, if that's real. Though I would hope it's LightPeak.



    That's not what it says. It's not a 16 GB Boot disk, it's an SSD/platter hybrid disk - like the Seagate Momentus. Seagate claims that they obtain 83% of the performance of a true SSD at only a modest cost premium. That makes infinitely more sense than for Apple to add a 16 GB SSD to a separate hard disk - and then try to educate users to keep their frequently used files on the SSD and their archives on the hard disk.
  • Reply 19 of 55
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    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post


    They're discriminating on white now? What's up with that?! jk..



    That's plasticism!
  • Reply 20 of 55
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sennen View Post


    Exciting times for those looking to buy or upgrade. My one and a half year old 17" mbp is still going strong, but I'm seriously thinking about swapping out the superdrive for an SSD to give it a little bit of a boost (and to help relieve the feeling of being left behind!).



    How do you do that? Are there optical drives shaped SSD's? Would be cool. I upgraded my MBP years ago with a 256GB SSD, the unit rocks now, and no vibrations from the drive.
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