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New Macbooks expected this week; one of the many articles discusses the possibility of an iphone like touch screen.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Inves...pleLaptops.aspx

If ultimately that means my MacBook pro would be like a Cintiq, that would be pretty cool.

 

 

Yeah, been watching this. It is interesting to note that the ads for the media event talk about notebooks and not laptops :blink:

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i'll almost certainly buy one right away. Love my current macbook. No way i can be forced back to windows anymore.

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But Cor... Bill did the robot in the ads... that's gotta count for something! :blink:

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The new MacBook has become interesting with the decent graphic card and dropping 1/2 lbs of weight. Plus option for SSD. If they had not pulled the FW port I would have probably ordered it already. Hmmmmm. Also better graphics in the MacBook Air, but still only one USB....

Edited by TheRealDrew

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The new MacBook has become interesting with the decent graphic card and dropping 1/2 lbs of weight. Plus option for SSD. If they had not pulled the FW port I would have probably ordered it already. Hmmmmm. Also better graphics in the MacBook Air, but still only one USB....

 

Is there anywhere I can go 'on-line' to have a looky at the details yet?

 

R

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Is there anywhere I can go 'on-line' to have a looky at the details yet?

 

R

 

 

The Apple site got pounded, this just came out but it is back on line

 

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/

http://www.apple.com/macbook/

http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

 

One last thing to note, they made these more green:

 

# Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure

# Mercury-free LED-backlit display with arsenic-free glass

# PVC-free internal cables

# BFR-free internal components

# Largely recyclable, low-volume packaging

# ENERGY STAR. Meets ENERGY STAR requirements

# EPEAT Silver rating. EPEAT Gold ratin

Edited by TheRealDrew

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You really think you'll miss that extra FW port? I generally dont use more than 1.

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They do look very nice, but no major groundbreaking changes that I can see; it does appear that a non-glossy screen is no longer an option - I'm not a fan of glossy screens for photo editing. With my MBP only about 9 months old, there's no huge incentive to upgrade.

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You really think you'll miss that extra FW port? I generally dont use more than 1.

 

 

On the Macbook there will be no FW port, just two USB ports.

 

On the Air still one USB Port and I am always slightly concerned about having just one port (though it may be also just one bus on the MacBook also). I prefer having two just in case.

 

On the MacBook Pro they removed the FW400 and just left the FW800, but not a huge issue to because of the Express Card slot.

 

As to not having FW, it is becuase of extra hard drives and more so video camera capture when travelling. The weight drop, better video card and the other improvements does make the MacBook tempting otherwise to me.

 

If they knocked some weight off the 15" it would have been nice, but the specs seem to indicate the same weight. Prior to the updated MacBook the 15" and 13" were rather close in weight so the 15" seemed to be more worthwhile.

 

The life of diving and trying to cut weight and size to get all the toys you need :blink:

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I'm actually rather disappointed. I didn't think that the enclosure/bezel on the prior model really needed changing. And if, as they say, the outer shells are just shells and not structural, well why not change to the unibody manufacture for the chassis and keep the current surrounds. I'm not a fan of the glossy screens. My office iMac is a glossy, the only good thing is I can see people sneaking up on me. Also not a fan of the chiclet keyboard. And how does JoeSixpack edit their video now??? No firewire on the macbooks immediately pushes them up to a MBP for capture. Or to a Sony Vaio/Vistabook (heaven forbid :fool: ).

 

Man, I sound like a grumpy old man.

 

GET OFF MY LAWN :blink:

 

On the plus side, the NVIDIA GPUs sound nifty, and hopefully will give Aperture a kick in the pants speed wise.

 

I'll probably end up buying one, my laptop is the next one in the family upgrade cycle. But not for a while.

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Very unimpressive update. The biggest change is the chassis construction which ultimately doesn't contribute to function. I'd like to see quad core and SSD+hard drive. DisplayPort is nice though. All the notebooks drive the 30" display now. The MBA got a lot better. Too bad it didn't get FW added.

 

Wonder how long before a 17" version?

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The Apple site got pounded, this just came out but it is back on line

 

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/

http://www.apple.com/macbook/

http://www.apple.com/macbookair/

 

One last thing to note, they made these more green:

 

# Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure

# Mercury-free LED-backlit display with arsenic-free glass

# PVC-free internal cables

# BFR-free internal components

# Largely recyclable, low-volume packaging

# ENERGY STAR. Meets ENERGY STAR requirements

# EPEAT Silver rating. EPEAT Gold ratin

 

Thanks for that.

I've found it on the UK site too, quite a difference in price 'over here'. :blink:

 

R

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Very unimpressive update. The biggest change is the chassis construction which ultimately doesn't contribute to function. I'd like to see quad core and SSD+hard drive. DisplayPort is nice though. All the notebooks drive the 30" display now. The MBA got a lot better. Too bad it didn't get FW added.

 

Wonder how long before a 17" version?

 

Jobs mentioned a refresh of te 17" inch. Overall not overly impressive, but they came so close, at least for me. Adding a FW port to the Air (or not removing it from the lighter MacBook), the graphics update and the drop in price in the SSD options, well would have had my credit card out for one of these for dive trips....

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Jobs mentioned a refresh of te 17" inch. Overall not overly impressive, but they came so close, at least for me. Adding a FW port to the Air (or not removing it from the lighter MacBook), the graphics update and the drop in price in the SSD options, well would have had my credit card out for one of these for dive trips....

 

I can't believe that Apple bailed on their "own" FW800 on the Air.

Were it not for tis faux pas I would be buying one right now (before momma gets home)

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Were it not for tis faux pas I would be buying one right now (before momma gets home)

 

 

LOL

 

Anyway they never put FW at all in the Air, just one USB. I would be happy if it was a 4 pin even to make it fit :blink:

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I thought this article was quite amusing .. seems others feel the same.

http://mashable.com/2008/10/14/macbook-pro/

 

Partly due to boredom, and partly due to lack of more important news, I’ve taken the time to read the extremely thorough coverage of the new Macbook Pro, due to officially come out in a matter of hours. I don’t expect much from these type of events and I know that the hype around Apple is almost always (it wasn’t in the case of iPhone, hence “almost”) hugely exaggerated, but if the rumors are true, this time even I am underwhelmed.

 

What’s described over at Daring Fireball - and it seems to be an accurate description - is some cosmetic changes to Apple’s laptop line. Yes, that’s right: nothing important has changed at all - the Air didn’t get a second (or third) USB port; Macbook Pros still have pretty much the same CPUs inside; the screen is still glossy (yuck); hard drives in the Air and the 17” Pro have been updated, and the new Pro has a better (but still not top of the line) video card. That’s it: that’s all. Unless, of course, you’re really, really stoked about that black keyboard and aluminum finish and no-button trackpad (I’d like two buttons, not one, and not none at all, thank you). I’m not.

 

It’s a laptop, folks. Those come out every day.

Edited by Giles

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edited as i double posted accidently.

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I thought this article was quite amusing .. seems others feel the same.

http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=26918&hl=

 

 

 

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If Apple really wants the "Pro" in the name to mean something, they should look at their competition. Now that all the PC manufacturers are able to offer wide gamut notebook displays, it's time for Apple to invent it.

 

What's so hard to understand about wide gamut, quad core, and dual hard drive? Even Dell has figured it out. Meanwhile, we get "unibody" construction...

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Well it does look nice but only a Core2Duo.

 

We had a hot day here yesterday so I had to drop the speed back on my QUAD from 3.2 to 2.4 ghz.

I was amazed at how slower it became with rendering.

 

Quads are the way to go.

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Its disappointing that the new MacBooks are so expensive. What I want is a cheap low spec 1 kg in weight machine to take travelling and download photos and video and do email.

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I think netbooks are the least likely market for Apple to enter so cheap, small, sub-1kg isn't coming. If that's what you want, there are existing netbooks that will run OSX if you are willing to do the install work. Problem with cheap and light is that there's isn't enough speed or disk capacity. You can get 2GB ram and 64GB flash upgrades for some netbooks but they will always have cheap displays and poor performance.

 

The Air is likely to be more viable now with the disk upgrades that are coming. It's still a disappointment with only 1 USB port and it's not cheap.

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I just played with a new MacBook at the Applestore. It is very nice in terms of the decreased thickness and the design. Still not sure I like a glossy screen though.

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