Let me ask you a question please I just bought this new unibody white laptop $1000 in March in the Philippines. Now Apple came out with the new i processors 5i and 7i in the pro series. Would you sell this laptop if you were me and get the newest processors or keep what you have? Is there a big difference you think? Thanks J
The white MacBook nor the 13" aluminum Pro models didn't change to the new i processors, just the MacBook Pro 15" and 17" lines. Your model has been through 2 speed bumps, yours is a 2.0 Ghz that came out in January 2009, the 2.13 was in May, the 2.26 Ghz was in October. The clock speeds changed a little but the logic board speed changed quite a bit with each model. 667, to 800, to 1066 Mhz, so the newer ones are a little faster. Probably not enough to justify spending another $1000 unless you have an extra $1000 laying around you don't know what to do with.
I doubt the 13" MacBooks will get the i processors for a while. They are a very nice machine, but Apple keeps the price low by not changing much on the 13" models.
The 15" and 17" Pro line got the i chips, they are faster, and more for people that do graphics, video, etc on them, but they are also a lot more expensive. The 15 and 17 have the dedicated graphics chip, along with the shared video chip for longer battery life if one wants to use it.
The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models come standard with automatic graphics switching. Itís a breakthrough technology from Apple that switches graphics processors on the fly to give you performance when you need it (when youíre playing the latest 3D game, for example) and better battery efficiency when you donít (such as when youíre reading email). MacBook Pro transfers the workload between the powerful discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor and integrated Intel HD Graphics so seamlessly, you wonít even notice. Whether youíre using applications like Aperture, Motion, or Final Cut Pro or just surfing the web, your MacBook Pro always knows which processor to use. You donít have to log out, shut down, or change your preferences. Automatic graphics switching does it all for you.
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