123Macmini.com
FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   GalleryPhoto Gallery   RegisterRegister   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Apple Updates MacBook Pro
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    123Macmini.com - Forums Forum Index -> 123Macmini.com News and Reviews
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
admin
Site Admin


Joined: 21 Jan 2005
Posts: 2173
Location: U.S.A

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:51 am    Post subject: Apple Updates MacBook Pro Reply with quote

Apple Updates MacBook Pro
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today updated its MacBook Pro line of notebooks with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, memory up to 4GB, and high-speed graphics in a stunning, lightweight, aluminum enclosure that is just one-inch thin. The new MacBook Pro is available in 15-inch models with a new mercury-free, power-efficient LED-backlit display and a 17-inch model with an optional high-resolution display. All models include a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go, Apple's MagSafe Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.

The 2.2 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), includes:
- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-by-900 LCD display;
- 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 128MB SDRAM ;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- built-in iSight video camera;
- Gigabit Ethernet port;
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical digital audio;
- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
- the infrared Apple Remote;
- and 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
- 15.4-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1440-by-900 LCD display;
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
- 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 256MB SDRAM;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- built-in iSight video camera; Gigabit Ethernet port;
- built-in Airport Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
- two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical digital audio;
- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard;
- the infrared Apple Remote;
- and 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.

The 2.4 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,799 (US), includes:
- 17-inch widescreen 1680-by-1050 LCD display;
- 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
- 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
- 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
- a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
- NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics with 256MB SDRAM;
- DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
- built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
- built-in iSight video camera;
- Gigabit Ethernet port;
- built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
- ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
- three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
- one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical digital audio;
- Scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor;
- the infrared Apple Remote;
- and 85 Watt Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.



http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/662.html


Last edited by admin on Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:30 pm; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Ben Tex
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 01 Feb 2007
Posts: 1459
Location: Texas

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SR sweetness with LED. Cool
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
khisayruou
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 14 May 2006
Posts: 418

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly what I have been waiting for. Time to get a macbook pro...finally!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aquaman
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 18 Apr 2005
Posts: 822

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

khisayruou wrote:
Exactly what I have been waiting for. Time to get a macbook pro...finally!

Me too. I'm also thrilled they kept the matte display. I was afraid of them going all glossy with the LED screens. I didn't want to go that route again after my MacBook experience. I just wish it came with Leopard preinstalled or included an upgrade coupon. I might wait until the fall. Decisions decisions.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
D444niel
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 13 Mar 2007
Posts: 275
Location: Essex, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres a surprise!! All we need now is a Mac pro update and then their is no excuse for the mini to be revised or binned.
_________________

Too much spec to add here ....
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Fox
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 01 Feb 2006
Posts: 2671
Location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an impressive upgrade and the low end MBP looks to be well worth the $1999. Unfortunately for me, I'm not in the market for a laptop upgrade right now. My PowerBook Al 15" does what I need it to when I'm on the road. An upgraded mini would be another story!!!
_________________
Mini 1 (2011): 2.3 ghz Core i5; 8 gb RAM, Corsair 240gb SSD, 500 gb Seagate XT
Mini 2 (2009): 2.26 ghz Core 2 duo, 8 gb RAM, 500 gb Seagate used as HTPC
Also a Cube, 13" MacBook Air, 20" 2.66 ghz iMac & 11.6" Acer 1810TZ running Ubuntu & Crunchbang
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Zillo
New Member
New Member


Joined: 31 Jan 2007
Posts: 13

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you think Macmini can be upgraded to Santa Rosa chip?
_________________
Mac Mini 2.33 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HD, OSX 10.5.1
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Pleiades
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 14 Oct 2006
Posts: 3237
Location: California

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zillo wrote:
Do you think Macmini can be upgraded to Santa Rosa chip?

No. It's not a chip, as in CPU. It's a chipset, as in a specific northbridge and southbridge and other logic/mother board components.

It's not a simple drop-in replacement. It's an entirely new logic board and processor combination.
_________________
MacBook Pro 1.83GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, Dell 802.11n card, 1.4TB external
MacBook 1.83GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 60GB HD
iMac 1.83GHz Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD, 1TB external, EyeTV Hybrid
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
kaidomac
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 29 Mar 2006
Posts: 668

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$2,000 and you only get 2 USB ports. Hah!

I still want one though Embarassed
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
lumberjack
Member
Member


Joined: 16 Dec 2006
Posts: 126
Location: West Sussex UK

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you look at the Apple Store's page logically about updating, the MacBook was first, the MacBookPro was second, that makes the Mini next ( before the 17" iMac gets the chop ! ).

Can Apple be that predictable ?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
kaidomac
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 29 Mar 2006
Posts: 668

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lumberjack wrote:
If you look at the Apple Store's page logically about updating, the MacBook was first, the MacBookPro was second, that makes the Mini next ( before the 17" iMac gets the chop ! ).

Can Apple be that predictable ?


Well the rumor sites say the Mini is getting axed too, so maybe we'll see a Mac Pro Lite. One can only hope Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
lumberjack
Member
Member


Joined: 16 Dec 2006
Posts: 126
Location: West Sussex UK

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Things are not going too bad for Apple, with the current Intel offerings.

Even one of my sons went out and bought a mac for the first time (17" MacBook Pro ), on the basis that the mac platform seemed to get things done quicker with less chance or problems.

It has to be said that part of the reason for switching, was down to the faults of Windows and Microsoft. Also OSX, has become very trustworthy and secure.

Apple has still to work very hard with its hardware, and that means mainly, its desktop computers. Reading comments on this forum, suggests that the iMac range does not appeal to everyone and why should customers get a built in screen when there are many fine and varied displays to be had.

The Mac pro is too much of a lump for most needs, whereas the Mini could sit on anybody's desk or coffee table and get a very good job done quickly and efficiently, without the need to dig up another ton of coal.

Apple... keep it small, and put some decent graghics into it. If you can do it with the laptops, why have you left it so long for the desktops and in particular for the Mini ?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
iMav
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Posts: 2173
Location: Columbus, WI

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to see that Apple is FINALLY offering WUXGA displays. (why it took this long, I have NO idea!) However, it would be nice to have them in the 15" offerings.

A couple of years ago, I'd be jumping at the 17" WUXGA MBP...however, since I bought my 12" iBook, I have gotten spoiled by smaller, more portable laptops. When I replaced it with a MacBook (1st gen, CD), I was disappointed by the perceived bulkiness compared to my 12" iBook. And now, I am happily using my TINY x60s (thinkpad). I don't think I'll ever go back to a Mac portable unless they start offering something radically different...

(rumors have been circulating about an ultra-portable...so we'll see)

I WILL be ordering a pimpin' Mac Pro when I get home though!
_________________
-=iMav=-
http://geekhack.org
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger
pwfletcher
Member
Member


Joined: 19 Nov 2006
Posts: 90

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just picked one up and hour ago ... I have to say that graphically it is quite an upgrade from the last model. The brightness is about the same, but the blacks are WAY blacker and truly make the colors pop. I just streamed a bit of Bug's Life to it from my Hack-A-Mac Mini media server and the movie really jumped off of the screen ... absolutely AMAZING color and clarity. I will definitely be picking up one of the new cinema displays when they offer it with LED backlighting.

... and, the extra hour of battery life due to the more efficient LED lighting is a nice bump to Smile However, I still can't figure out whhat benefit the Santa Rosa chipset is providing ...
_________________
- Hack-a-Mac Mini Intel 2.6 GHz i7, 16GB
- Indigo Home Automation Software
- iRed Remote Control Software + irTrans
- iPhone as a WiFi Home Automation Remote
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
iMav
Veteran Member
Veteran Member


Joined: 13 Feb 2005
Posts: 2173
Location: Columbus, WI

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pwfletcher wrote:
However, I still can't figure out whhat benefit the Santa Rosa chipset is providing ...

Max 4GB of ram now allowed. And, I believe, a faster FSB as well.
_________________
-=iMav=-
http://geekhack.org
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    123Macmini.com - Forums Forum Index -> 123Macmini.com News and Reviews All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
Page 1 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum



      

Shop:  Apple Store  |  Refurbished Macs  |  Refurbished iPads  |  MacConnection  |  Mac Mini Vault  |  Other World Computing

MK 1 Studio Mac mini Racks  |  Crucial Mac Memory  |  Top Free Mac Apps  |  Top Paid Mac Apps



123Macmini.com is an independent publication and has not been authorized, sponsored, or approved by Apple Computer, Inc.
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owners.
Copyright © 2011 123Macmini.com. All Rights Reserved.