Official Back To The Mac Event Discussion Thread (10/20/10)

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  1. Carlo Medina

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    I thought the screen resolution on the 13" MBA was 1440x900, which would be the same resolution as the current 15" MBP? Or did you buy the 1650x1050 MBP screen upgrade? Otherwise the screen real estate should be the same, just on a slightly smaller screen.

     
  2. Carlo Medina

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    That's the only reason I'm holding off on buying the 13" MBA, to see if the MBP gets some of the goodies.


    However I don't know if the MBP will get the "on board SSD" that the MBA got, because to integrate it that way would be to ditch traditional hard drive enclosures. A lot of people using the MBP need or want the extra space of a traditional hard drive, at which going "SSD" would be cost-prohibitive. They'd need to find a way to get to near 500MB "SSD" hard drive at a similar price point to the current 500MB traditional hard drive, and even then I'm not sure if MBP users would be cool with non-user replaceable HDs.

    It would be great if the new 15" MBP were given the 1650x1080 resolution screen as standard rather than an upgrade, to make it have more pixels by default than the 13" MBA.


     
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    You are correct that the resolution is the same, but older eyes need larger text/icons. [/url]

    I thought the screen resolution on the 13" MBA was 1440x900, which would be the same resolution as the current 15" MBP? Or did you buy the 1650x1050 MBP screen upgrade? Otherwise the screen real estate should be the same, just on a slightly smaller screen.


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    I'll bet that the next 15" has a 256gb ssd as standard with a 512gb option, no hard drive at all, external optical only and does in fact have the higher Rez LCD as standard. And I will buy one, with or without available Bluray.

    It will slim down a LOT and have twice the battery of the 13" if my dreams come true
     
  5. Carlo Medina

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    Michael - understood


    Sam - I'd love that to be true, just not confident if it will happen within the next refresh. Unless Apple is counting the addition of the i7 2.8 BTO CPU as the "refresh" and the next MBP won't be out for another 10-11 months (which would piss me off).


    My dream 15" MBP would be to include the 256GB/512GB upgrade option (at preferably not a cost-prohibitive amount), slim the machine down so that it weighed about 4 lbs, standard 1680x1050 resolution, along with obviously the latest and greatest (at the time of release) Intel CPU and nVidia mobile GPU.


    If I could get 512GB SSD BTO I'd be willing to forego the replaceable HD, but would want either USB 3.0 or Firewire 1600 support to enable faster transfer rates for external drives.


    I could live with an external CD/DVD drive as long as it would truly be bus-powered (not require an A/C adapter). I do a ton of CD burning and program installing so I really would need comparable transfer/performance from an external CD/DVD solution.


    I'd need the RAM to be user upgradable, as I don't think the 4GB limit on the MBA to be acceptable for a MBP.


    And yes, I'd buy that machine without BD as well (but don't tell Jobs).
     
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    For all the SSD action happening with Apple, I'm disappointed that replacement drives are still very expensive. I'd hoped to replace my 160 GB drive (2007 MBP) with a 320GB SSD this year, but they're above $200 for past a 64GB drive and 256GB+ are still sky high. By the time prices are affordable on the after-market drives, I'll better off buying a whole new Mac.
     
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