The MacBook chasm expands

The MacBook chasm expands

Summary: Apple's announcement of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro did more than raise the performance bar for their portables. The addition of the new, faster Intel chip only in the Pro model serves as a key differentiating factor between the consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro.

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The great MacBook divide

Apple's announcement of the new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro did more than raise the performance bar for their portables. The addition of the new, faster Intel chip in only the Pro model serves as a key differentiating factor between the consumer MacBook and the professional MacBook Pro.

Prior to the announcement of the Core 2 Duo, the MacBook easily had the best price/performance ratio of any Mac in history. For US$1100 you get a screaming Intel-based Mac portable. The only advantages in the twice-as-expensive MacBook Pro were a larger screen (15.4 v. 13.3-inches), a dedicated video card (which drives 30-inch displays), an ExpressCard/34 slot and the Aluminum skin.

Now that the Core 2 Duo is shipping in the MacBook Pro the gap between the two portables has widened considerably. For about an extra US$1,000 MacBook Pro buyers get a Core 2 Duo (with 4MB of L2 cache), FireWire 800, a 6x (or 8x) double-layer SuperDrive, up to 3GB RAM and up to a 200GB hard drive. Pretty impressive.

I have to admit to feeling slightly burned buying the first-generation MacBook Pro after the MacBook came out - there just wasn't enough of a difference in features to justify the price of the Pro model.

Apple's upgrade of the MacBook Pro to Core 2 Duo is exactly what the product line needed and is certain to make the decision to buy a MacBook much more difficult. 

Topic: Apple

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  • for how long?

    The same sites that predicted Tuesday's MacBook Pro upgrade to
    Core 2 also said that the MacBook would be upgrading to Core 2
    before the end of the year. So the "chasm" you talk about might be
    very short lived.
    Goofy Foot
    • Ah, but by then...

      ...the MacBook Pros will have quadcore chips in them.
      tic swayback
  • And maybe someday...

    AMD chips?
    CTSTechs.com
    • and then maybe...

      ... a gray or beige box? and maybe Internet Explorer? and then maybe a start menu?

      If you want a PC, then geez... go buy one.
      TexasBrian
  • Whiplash

    After so many years of gaining ground with PPC in minor .3-7 at a time ("oh my... 1.5 boosted to 1.67 !! <shock> <awe>) we are seeing the chips fly in faster than we old folks can keep up.

    It used to be that a Mac was good for several years - they still are - but in the scheme of things we are being thrown headlong down the path of massive upgrade-itis. Oh well time to enjoy the ride.
    Jim888
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