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Apple Releases New Core 2 Duo MacBooks
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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- Intel Core 2 Duo in the Macbook

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- Still uses the Intel GMA950

I guess it's gonna be GMA950 for the Core 2 Duo Mac mini update too.
You're going to have to wait until the next mobile platform, Santa Rosa. That platform comes out April of 2007. It has the new GPU, plus a improved FSB and built-in support for 802.11n, among other things.
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It's also good to see Apple making 1GB of RAM standard in more Macs. 512MB just isn't sufficient anymore.
I definitely agree to that! That is something I've been saying for a while. Even back when there were PowerMacs still coming with 512MB standard.


I do think they have added value to the black MacBook now. It is only a $50 premium over the closer white MacBook. That is if you upgrade the hard drive to 120GB like the black unit.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's about time they updated the macbook's. Next the mini.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wonder when - not this year probably...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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wonder when - not this year probably...

Most likely not till next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Futa_Mill wrote:
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wonder when - not this year probably...

Most likely not till next year.

In my opinion, not until about a month after Macworld.

SOCOMRAIDER wrote:
I do think they have added value to the black MacBook now. It is only a $50 premium over the closer white MacBook. That is if you upgrade the hard drive to 120GB like the black unit.

I think it is really good that Apple added something more for ordering the black MacBooks. They just didn't seem worth it with the Core Duos.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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SOCOMRAIDER wrote:
I do think they have added value to the black MacBook now. It is only a $50 premium over the closer white MacBook. That is if you upgrade the hard drive to 120GB like the black unit.

I think it is really good that Apple added something more for ordering the black MacBooks. They just didn't seem worth it with the Core Duos.
Yeah, there was a $200 premium with getting a black MacBook. Now with the upgraded RAM and hard drive, it really is only $50 more than a comparable white MacBook. I say that is much better than before. I've been waiting for a better black MacBook for a while. I've been going back and forth about getting a notebook. I can't do the white MacBook, because it would become too dirty too quick.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:44 am    Post subject: Re: 25% ain't Sh*t... Reply with quote

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The greatest impact is really disk speed, 7200PRM SATA drives do more for the speed boost than modest chip speed bumps.


True and they also contribute more heat. Unfortunately the 2.5" 7200 drives run much hotter than a 5400.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:20 am    Post subject: Re: 25% ain't Sh*t... Reply with quote

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The greatest impact is really disk speed, 7200PRM SATA drives do more for the speed boost than modest chip speed bumps.


True and they also contribute more heat. Unfortunately the 2.5" 7200 drives run much hotter than a 5400.


Depends on the drive, that isn't always true. And one more reason why I am happy with the iMac, using 3.5" drives that run cooler than laptop drives.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I took delivery of my new 1.83 mini with 2 GB RAM last night and I have to say it's pretty nice. Certainly seems faster than my G4 mini although I haven't had a chance to play with many apps that will require Rosetta . . . I will assume that aside from Adobe apps, etc. I won't be too disappointed. Certainly universal apps fly. As for the Core 2 Duo, I suppose when Leopard is released the 64 bit chip would make a difference, but I'm hard pressed to believe that an average mini user would ever even NEED that kind of performance. And at less than $1000, I'll upgrade again when the time is right.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 25% ain't Sh*t... Reply with quote

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Depends on the drive, that isn't always true.


Give me an instance when it isn't true ?

Which 7200 RPM drive has lower thermal specs than a 5400 ?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Waiting for Leopard / iLife '07 anyway Reply with quote

Assuming that Leopard is 150$CAD and iLife '07 is 90$CAD (same prices as Tiger and iLife '06), that means the software is worth 240$CAD.

The entry model of the Mac mini is 679$CAD, which means the software alone is worth 35% of the cost of a Mac mini. So I'm not buying a new Mac mini until I either really need a speed increase and/or it comes with Leopard + iLife '07.

But on top of that, since it's now the only Mac without a Core 2 Duo, that means I'm only upgrading once Mac mini is Core 2 Duo + Leopard + iLife '07.
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I can't do the white MacBook, because it would become too dirty too quick.


Expect for the glossy screen (which smudges very easily), I was able to keep my white MacBook clean. But I must admit that I had my doubts about it looking this good in a year. I don't think the MacBooks are as rugged as the old iBooks. My friend's iBook is two years old and it still looks new. This is one of the many reasons why I am in the process of upgrading to the MBP. The biggest reason still being that glossy screen.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff to come I bet!

My next mini will be C2D and Leopard w iLife07...........the old mini will be moved to the Sound/TV corner! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What we need is a macbook with 256MB graphics and not shared either. 200GB hdd would be nice also
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What we need is a macbook with 256MB graphics and not shared either. 200GB hdd would be nice also
Wont happen anytime soon. They want to distinguish between MacBook and MacBook Pro. Pro gets you the graphics and they want to keep it that way, for now. Though they can't do that forever.
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