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Apple\'s MacBook Pro replaces PowerBook

updated 02:45 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2006

Apple Intel notebooks

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Both MacBook Pro notebooks feature a slot-load SuperDrive (DVD+-RW/CD-RW), a DVI-out port to drive an external display with a VGA-out adapter included, and built-in Dual Link support for driving an Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display. Both models also offer a built-in iSight video camera, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking with Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

Each MacBook Pro includes an ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot, as well as two USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 400 port. Additional jacks provide one audio line in and one audio line out port, each supporting both optical digital and analog.

A scrolling TrackPad and illuminated keyboard round out the input with the infrared Apple Remote, and each notebook is powered by a 60 Watt hour lithium polymer battery alongside an 85W AC power adapter with Apple's MagSafe magnetic power connector.

The 1.67Ghz model includes a PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB of GDDR3 memory, while the 1.83Ghz version touts the same graphics card with 256MB of GDDR3 memory.

Additional built-to-order options include the ability to upgrade to a 120GB 5400rpm- or 100GB 7200rpm-hard drive, add up to 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, add an Apple USB Modem, and sign up for the AppleCare Protection Plan warranty service.




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  1. mlebarron

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    battery life

    Anyone have any idea of the battery life of the new MacBook? I haven't been able to find it so far on Apple's website... or anywhere else for that matter. (granted any site mac related is taking much longer to load than normal at the moment, so my search is slow)

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: battery life

    It seems odd that at the same time as slagging off the old models for poor processing power/power consumption ratios, Apple doesn't seem to want to state what the new machine will do?

    Also, what happened to FW800?

  1. denim

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    FW800

    I haven't noticed too many companies making devices for it. Perhaps Apple's given up on it? I guess we'll see when they show us new Intel-based desktops.

  1. Xiaopangzi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    17" coming as well?

    Did Steve mention anything about when a 17" version may become available? I need a wider screen. Am I correct in assuming that the 67% brighter screen is in fact a comparison to the recently touted brighter screens on the PowerBook, which are also subject to the complaints of gray lines?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    And yet

    Apple claims the new computers are so much better then the old ones, yet sells the old ones for the exact same price as before (and as the new ones). Anyone see a disconnect here?

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    missing items.

    missing from the new 15" :

    FW800

    Dual Layer recording... which it just gained in the last revision.

    a bit of resolution.

    a freaking modem. sure i don't use one very often... but having to have a dongle when i *do* need one would be annoying... since it's normally when i am in some weird place.

  1. CaliforniaMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    don't need those

    MacBook Pro does have Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), which supports longer (and cheaper) cables than FW800. If you don't want to fall back to FW400 (or if you are reserving that bus for your video), just plug your external drives into a SAN controller with GbE and you are good to go... The big question is whether or not the mobo-chip they are using to do GbE can handle "jumbo" frame-sizes. The chip on the PB-G4 is limited to 1500 bytes, which is inefficient when beaming 25gb files around.

    The point about the modem is well taken, but if given a choice of which chipset I want to have drawing on my battery, I would choose the new built-in iSight camera over a modem; however, the notion of built-in cameras and microphones, in general, is a bit disturbing. You see, there are unscrupulous people who write software, or download it off the Net and package it up with a Mac installer as something that its not. When you enter your username and password into the Authentication dialog, this stuff can take your picture and send it back to the developer, or install some app that opens your mic and turn-ons your iSight and start streaming across the Internet to gawdonlyknowswhere.com. Sound crazy? Just yesterday, some guy "announced" that he was actually delivering the only driver in the world to be able to read Microsoft's proprietary MDB files. Imagine that --after 15 years of keeping people out of its files, this guy comes along and announces he has broken the code. Of course, all he was doing was repackaging some freeware hacks that bit bangers have released into the public domain over the years. He pieced them together with a Mac installer and pawned it off for $30 bucks a throw. No telling how many takers and absolutely no warning to the customers, just 'gimme $30 and here's a commercial driver for using MDB files on the Mac'. If people can do that to get you to enter your username and password, they can do just about anything...and now anything includes turning on a high-resolution camera and microphone attached to your broadband connection. Yikes!

  1. zac4mac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I'm not bitchin -

    I'm buyin. Got a 1.83 w/ a 100GB 7200rpm HDD on order. I expect it to give my G5DP2.0 a run for its money.

    Z

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    FW800

    I could swear I read somewhere that providing fw800 on Intel logic boards will be a challenge, since the architecture isn't designed to support it. This was discussed at length some six months ago, when Jobs announced the move. In other words, it's not a surprise that there is no built-in fw800. We'll have to wait for it to appear in the future. I doubt Apple would abandon it without a good fight. I guess they just wanted the 'book out the door as soon as possible, and decided that fw800 was a reasonable sacrifice.

  1. Ralf_Wiggum

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    summary

    Take a look at this blog post: http://www.unsanity.org/archives/000445.php

    It talks about the things missing from the new macbook.

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