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MacBook Pro & MacBook updates…FINALLY!!


Apple has finally updated the MacBook Pro and, suprisingly, the MacBook.

I’ve been waiting for over 1 year to replace my Powerbook so I am absolutely ecstatic. I placed my order for the $2,500 version of the 15″ MBP and should have it next week. Cost: ~$1,999 (+ tax) thanks to the Apple Dev Connection discount, which is 20% off on MBPs).

Side note: I love how Apple still showcases a Ducati 1098 motorcycle on the MBP product page! 

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Filed under: Apple, Laptop, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mobile Computing

Another PC user switches to the Mac


macbook.jpgWow, this week was an incredible week…my girlfriend (a PC user all her life) just decided to replace her Dell Latitude D620 (Core 2 Duo – 2.16Ghz) machine with the black MacBook (Core 2 Duo – 2.2Ghz). I think her experience speaks volumes about Mac OS X as well as the dedicated Mac applications…because it was a combination of the two that convinced her to switch.

Here’s the net of it, she needed to build a simple yoga website – Om Circle Yoga – (she’s a certified yoga instructor). I told her that I got this great web design software (RapidWeaver) from a MacUpdate promotional bundle back in December and that it would suite her needs perfectly. So, she gave it a shot and within a couple of hours, she learned how to use RapidWeaver, built her website, and launched it. Here’s the best part: after she launched her site, she commented on:

  1. How easy it was to learn and use RapidWeaver
  2. How easy and fun it was using Mac OS X (I’m running Tiger)

The interesting thing is that my girlfriend has used my Powerbook in the past for browsing the web and her impression was that it’s just another computer and does the same thing as a PC. The minute she did something on the Mac that was more than surfing the web or checking email she realized how much more productive she was on the Mac and began to appreciate what us Mac-heads/geeks have been raving about all these years.

So, big props goes to the folks at Realmac Software for making RapidWeaver such a great app and to the RapidWeaver community for building various add-ons…and, of course, to Apple, for making Mac OS X such a great operating system.

Filed under: Apple, Computers, Laptop, MacBook, MacOSX, Mobile Computing, Notebook, Software, Windows

Apple updates MacBook & MacBook Pro notebooks


macbook-pro.jpgApple quietly updated the MacBook and the MacBook Pro today. Here are the deets:

MacBook

  • The clock speed of the Intel Core 2 Duo processors got a small bump: 2.0 -> 2.0Ghz and 2.16 -> 2.2Ghz
  • The architecture has been upgraded to Santa Rosa (finally!), which provides an 800Mhz front side bus (compared to the older 667Mhz front side bus)
  • Upgraded the Intel graphics card to the Intel GMA X3100 w/144MB of DDR2 SDRAM

MacBook Pro

  • Option to upgrade the 2.4Ghz processor –> 2.6Ghz
  • Option to upgrade the hard drive to 250GB SATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • Option to upgrade from 160GB (5400 rpm) to 200GB SATA drive @ 7200 rpm (previously, 160GB was the only option if you wanted a 7200 rpm SATA drive)

One thing to keep in mind: this is NOT the MacBook Pro processor upgrade that we are hoping to see in January 2008 – i.e., the upgrade to Intel’s Penryn processor.

The Penryn processor will provide 6MB of L2 cache vs. 4MB L2 cache and reduced from 65nm –> 45nm (this means a bit faster and will run a bit cooler). So, if you were waiting for that, keep waiting…like me.

[via AppleInsider]

Filed under: Apple, Computers, Laptop, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Notebook

New MacBooks released…but w/o Santa Rosa


Apple released an update to the MacBook line of laptops, yesterday, but they didn’t add Intel’s new Santa Rosa chipset. The deets:

  • 2.0GHz, 13.3″ White MacBook, 80GB, 1GB RAM, Intel Graphics 950, $1099
  • 2.16GHz, 13″ White MacBook, 120GB, 1GB RAM. Intel Graphics 950, $1299
  • 2.16GHz, 13″ Black MacBook, 160GB, 1GB RAM, Intel Grahics 950, $1499

FYI, these updated MacBooks don’t have LED backlit displayes, either.

[via MacRumors]

Filed under: Apple, Laptop, MacBook, Mobile Computing

Performance comparison between Intel-based Macs


Primate Labs released a CPU and memory performance app named Geekbench 2 and they posted test results for almost every Intel-based Mac that’s been released over the past 2 years.

Their conclusion:

There’s not a huge change in performance across most of Apple’s Intel-based Mac lineup (the high-end MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo is only 30% faster than the low-end MacBook Core Duo, for example). The only big changes occur at the low end with the (discontinued) single-core Mac mini, or at the high end with the quad-core Mac Pro.

If you’re thinking about getting a Mac, you might want to check out their results.

[via MacSlash]

Filed under: Apple, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacOSX, Reviews

15.4″ MacBooks in Q2 2007?


DigiTimes is reporting that Apple will release a 15.4″ MacBook in the second quarter of 2007:

“Apple is planning to introduce 15.4-inch MacBooks in the second quarter of 2007, according to industry sources in Taiwan. The new model will fill the gap between the company’s 13.3-inch MacBooks and the 15.4- and 17-inch MacBook Pros that form its current notebook line up, and is expected to boost shipments of Apple’s Intel-powered MacBooks, the sources add.

Prices for the 15.4-inch MacBook models are likely to be more competitive than their 13.3-inch counterparts, due largely to the relatively lower cost of 15.4-inch LCD panels, and will therefore help push further sales of MacBooks,” the publication said.”

I’m going to call b.s. on this one for two reasons: 1.) According to MacRumors and AppleInsider, DigiTimes has not been very accurate with previous rumors, and 2.) A 15.4″ MacBook would cannibalize sales of the 15.4″ MacBook Pro, which I’m sure is more profitable than the MacBook. Honestly, there isn’t a huge difference between the specs of a 13″ MacBook vs. 15″ MacBook Pro (assuming, your needs are just web surfing, email, and digital photo management) so adding a 15.4″ MacBook would create some overlap between the two products.

If Apple were to do this, the only reason I could think of is to attract more ‘switchers.’ For example, I’m sure there are quite a few people out there who would switch to the Mac but want a 15″ screen and will not pony-up $2,000 for a MacBook Pro. A friend of mine was in a similar situation last year – he wanted a 15″ screen but didn’t want to drop an extra $700 to get a 15″ MacBook Pro. He still bought the 13″ MacBook but I’m sure he would’ve spent an extra $200 to get a 15″ MacBook.

Filed under: Apple, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Rumors, Technology