To me, updating the MacBooks before the Pros is lunacy. I have always said that the feature differences between the two ranges do not justify the differences in price. Unless you are doing some kind of design or video work or maybe 3D graphics or gaming, it is all but impossible to justify the price hike just to get a bigger screen and an expresscard slot. These improvements do indicate that a Santa Rosa based MBP is now almost a certainty, but it might also indicate that Apple are having some problems getting them out the door. I can only speculate that they have been building stocks of these new MacBooks thinking that the MBPs would be ready too, and suffered a setback of some kind late on. Or maybe they just have too many MBPs in the supply chain. Question is will people be buying the new MacBooks instead of the current stocks of Pros? That'll make the Pro update take even longer. Also I think Apple are long overdue in making superdrives standard across the entire range of Macs, I guess that is going to remain overdue for a good few months yet.
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I agree with you that it's pretty much impossible to justify that kind of price hike. That's why I jumped when the last batch of MacBook's came out and ordered one the same day. The specs nearly matched what the MBP's were sporting, plus I didn't need a killer video card or an Express Card slot.
On another note, the only thing that I guess could tick me off is that my laptop doesn't have the fastest MacBook processor anymore. I want that extra 160mhz
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Exactly. I am an Apple tech, so I need a laptop to test and repair machines and networks while out and about, and its handy in the workshop too. I use an old 15" PowerBook at the moment, and since I take it home and use more often than my own machines. I watch vids etc. I love the screen size, its handy and anything bigger I cannot justify lugging about. If I were to replace my PowerBook now, I would love to have an MBP, but I simply cannot justify that kind of expenditure for one. I simply don't need it.
Alot of people just want laptops to surf/mail/chat and do the odd bit of school/college/work work. Like me, they do not need a flash GPU or card slot. The screen would be nice, but not for twice the cash. (Comparing entry level MB with entry MBP in UK prices).
Compare that to a PC laptop, and while its tough to match the rest of the spec to a MacBook for the price, you can get a cheaper wintel with a 15" LCD (Yes I know the Apple panels are better, but again I am not a designer, film maker, photographer etc.) And for the surf/mail/chat/word crowd, a 1.66 Core 2 Duo is every bit as adequate as a 2.16 or whatever. They don't need the horsepower. And as for the cost of GPUs, the iBook had a GPU with dedicated RAM, and the MacBook has only today dropped to the price the 12" iBook was at when it went.
Macbooks have integrated Intel graphics, Pros have x1600s which are much better and just good enough for pro work. Really, Apple would benefit from adding a firegl option as would the pros who use them. There is a model for everyones needs and as for the pro model update...I suspect Apple is waiting for the LED LCD screens...
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