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I woke up this morning to find that Apple released a 17″ Macbook Pro today. Of note, Dual Layer DVD-RW, Firewire 800 and three USB 2 ports are onboard. MacBook Pro At a Glance 15.4- or 17-inch widescreen display Up to 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo 667MHz […]

I woke up this morning to find that Apple released a 17″ Macbook Pro today. Of note, Dual Layer DVD-RW, Firewire 800 and three USB 2 ports are onboard.

MacBook Pro At a Glance
15.4- or 17-inch widescreen display
Up to 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
667MHz frontside bus and main memory
PCI Express architecture
Up to 120GB Serial ATA hard drive
ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with up to 256MB memory on 16-lane PCI Express
ExpressCard/34 slot
Dual-link DVI, VGA adapter included
FireWire 400, FireWire 800 (17-inch only), and USB 2.0 ports
Optical digital and analog audio I/O, built-in microphone and stereo speakers
Slot-loading SuperDrive
Illuminated keyboard, Scrolling TrackPad
Built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and Gigabit Ethernet
Mac OS X Tiger with iLife ’06 featuring iWeb, iWork ’06 trial, and more
MagSafe Power Adapter

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  1. Tiernans Comms Closet Monday, April 24, 2006

    Apple releases 17" MacBook pro

    Right, i was off by
    a day, but what can you do! Apple has released a 17″ version of their MacBook…

  2. Awesome. I am glad to see Firewire back in play.

  3. “Todd, do you know were you are?” Hector Ruiz asks. “You are in the emergency room at AMD/Microsoft Medical Center.”

    (Mr. Baur has been hogtied to a hospital gurney.)

    “The EMTs found you,” he continued, “strung out on Mac Book Pro propaganda — and if it wasn’t for their speedy response, you might have floated away on Cloud 9.”

    “Uhhh…” Todd mumbled through the oxygen mask.

    “Dr. Bauer and I are going to give you a dose of reality to reverse the psychedelic effects and set you on the road to recovery.”

    . . .

    “Errata are design defects or errors. Errata may cause the Intel® Core™ Duo processor and the Intel® Core™ Solo processor on a 65 nm process to deviate from published specifications. Hardware and software designed to be used with any given stepping must assume that all errata documented for that stepping are present on all devices.” – Intel

    Unfortunately, until the next CPU ‘stepping’ (to fix known errors) or OS revision (to work around foibles), MacBook Pro is likely to give users the same bipolar experience that iMac and Mac Mini have. :(

  4. yeah what?

    Unfortunately, until the next CPU ‘stepping’ (to fix known errors) or OS revision (to work around foibles), MacBook Pro is likely to give users the same bipolar experience that iMac and Mac Mini have. :(

    bipolar ehh?

  5. Yes. Bipolar. Why is that analogy so obtuse?

    When Mac works, it’s brilliant. But when it doesn’t…

    “Today is January 23, 2006, making it less than 20 days since the Core Duo was officially released, and T-minus ?? days until Core Solo is officially released. Yet, if we turn to Intel’s Errata documentation for the Core Duo and Core Solo lines, we already find 34 known problems. That averages out to an error-and-a-half found every day since the chips were released.” – (Chip) Geek.com

    Apparently, there is a HUGE difference in having silicon tailor-made (IBM) and buying it off the rack (Intel). Acer, Dell, Gateway, and HP are using the same chipset in their laptops without causing mood swings.

    I think Apple needs more time to familiarize itself with the x86 assembly line. And since Windows already has the errata factor built-in, Boot Camp seems like an ideal distraction.

    P.S. Hector Ruiz is AMD’s President and CEO. ;)

  6. Oops. :|

    I meant to say Dr. Ballmer (not Dr. Bauer) in the first post — Microsoft’s el Presidente.

  7. Ohh ok I think I understand what your trying to say buying processors of the shelf is not quite the same as having a company custom build them for you fair enough I get where your coming from I’m still gonna buy one though ha!

  8. I have already been 2 years waiting for a G5 iBook, now I wait for an Intel Core Duo iBook. How long will I wait? Even the Mac Mini has got one already… but somewhow it’s still being delayed and delayed. I can’t help thinking that G5 iBooks (or any iBook with an updated processor) would have sold better than the actual iBooks, no matter how cheap are they now.

    I am waiting, and unfortunately I will still wait until Apple releases a powerful-new generation-cheap laptop… and I am sure a lot of people still waits, seing the Intel Powerbooks prices rocketing over the hills and far away.

    When will Apple convince me? I still have an Intel Pentium 4 laptop, noisy, ugly and with an aging battery and Suse Linux running on it. And time is approaching when I cannot wait more for a new laptop, but then, still this rig is more powerful than current iBooks. I want to have an apple laptop, but then again, i’ve already been 2 years waiting (because I do believe that Apple just wants to sell that old hardware, squeeze the cow more and more) for the release of current technology iBooks (in case you wonder, it’s not that I cannot pay for the intel-powerbook, it’s just that I hate its look and feel… i hate shiny metal stuff) and there is no way I will buy today a G4. So new pretty VAIOs are apperaring every half a year, and it seems that I will buy soon another PC.

    Apple… will you ever learn that squeezing the cow has its limits? will you ever learn that if you put in the market nice and new iBooks (hey, don’t call the last upgrade “new” iBooks, please, be decent) people will finally rush to the shop to buy them? I hope, this time, I will not go to buy a sony laptop. Please give me the reasons not to do so, I am beggin you.

  9. SuperFicus, perhaps you need to go a little more in depth in the design requirements for mac’s laptops. The G5 was never really going to happen, owing largely to heat and battery performance targets never going to be able to be met. This is very much the same reason why the ATI graphics card in use has been underclocked – the heat and power performance of the card at ‘normal’ clock speed were too high and did not meet the specifications of the computer, but was at the same time, the best card that they could get for it. Note also that there was never a single G5 laptop released by apple – they could not get the power and heat issues squared away.

    iBooks will eventually be moved to the Intel platform, however their next task in my opinion will be a desktop replacement for the G5’s towers and a 12″ Powerbook replacement to complete the MacBook stable. Following that the iBook will be next. The iBook is the consumer entry level laptop, the MacBook (and Powerbook before it) was the top end model. Of course they’ll do the upgrades to their top level first. Start thinking with your business hat, rather than your “wish list” hat.

    Regarding the 17″ MacBook, you’d be hard pressed to find a comptetitor in its class. The nearest thing I found was a 17″ Toshiba, and it was no where near up to spec.

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