MacBook Pro arriving fashionably late to the Merom party

MacBook Pro arriving fashionably late to the Merom party

Summary: Almost every PC notebook vendor and their brother is hawking Core 2 Duo powered notebooks these days and Mac-heads are starting to get a little miffed. Understandably so.

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Almost every PC notebook vendor and their brother is hawking Core 2 Duo powered notebooks these days and Mac-heads are starting to get a little miffed. Understandably so.

Didn't Apple jumped into bed with Intel because they had a great chip pipeline and they could deliver the silicon - fast? Yes and yes. This time Apple can't blame their inability to ship on Intel, though. It's their own doing.

I've previously posted that Apple will release a MacBook Pro based on the Intel Core 2 Duo (formerly "Merom") processor in late October or early November and sources indicate that this is pretty close to the mark.

Apple's slow adoption of the latest Intel chip has nothing to do with Intel at all. In fact, Apple has been sampling the Core 2 Duo chips since as far back as June. It's Apple that has been putting the brakes on the C2D notebook launch. Of course they want to ship notebooks with the new silicon ASAP but there were a litany of problems with the original MacBook Pro (heat, whine, moo, battery, you name it) that they were forced to deal with first.

Now that the revised MBP motherboard design appears to be finished the company has devoted more resources to chipping it up to the Core 2 Duo. Personally, I don't mind the delay. After the well-documented problems with the original MacBook Pro, Apple doesn't need to rush the speed-bump out the door. They wisely elected to ship the first Core 2 Duo processors in upgraded iMacs that were just announced on 6 September, instead of trotting them out in portable enclosures first.

There's a discreet possibility that Apple will pull a rabbit out of the hat at Photokina in Cologne Germany next Tuesday, but it's more likely that you'll be ordering your new C2D MacBook Pro some time after Hallowe'en.

The real question is: will Apple bump the MacBook to Core 2 Duo at the same time? Or will they make us spend the extra US$1,000 for the privilege?

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  • something has to change

    this is the lot Apple has cast themselves into with the change to Intel. Either they need to update their computers more frequently as the other OEMs do or then need to start dropping their prices over times rather than replaces models with new ones. I suspect they won't do either. This is why the MacPros were priced less than Dell. Dell is now already selling better systems at lower prices whereas when the Mac Pro came out it was cheaper than Dell.
    GregPP1
  • A cooler CPU would be welcome

    I would love to see a more efficient CPU option in my Power Book Pro. I can't believe how hot my Core Duo gets just running iTunes. Better battery life would be another plus.
    Uber Dweeb
  • Core 2 Duo should run cooler

    The biggest advantage I am awaiting with the Merom Macs is that they run cooler. The extra speed might be nice, but a laptop you can put on your lap would be even nicer. And better efficiency should also mean better battery life.
    georgep_z
    • Give me max power/heat...

      Power = heat, always has. If you are running minimal apps like
      iTunes just lower the performance of your laptop to make it run
      cooler and extend battery life. Some other folks (me) want
      maximum power for apps like Photoshop and Aperture so prefer
      that Apple design to maximum power/heat. Personally I am
      happy to trade battery life for maximum power, and can always
      reduce power usage if I do need max battery life or have
      sensitive knees(I do not).

      -Allen Wicks
      sierradragon
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