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MacBook Pro - New to Apple. Looking at an MBP


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Hello,

I've finally decided to take the plunge and purchase an Apple after owning PC's for years.

I wish to purchase a Macbook Pro and after a little research it was suggested I wait until the newest incarnation has been released. There was a rumor that it was to released in February sometime, is this still the case or has a concrete date been set?

On a completely aesthetic note, the rumor also said Apple are purported to make a Black MBP, that is definitely a big tick in my book.

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mac world is coming up and the keynote presentation is on the 15th sobworth the wait then your be able to see what happens

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Thanks. I assume Mac World is a conference where they announce all the plans for Mac that year.

Is it the 15th of January or February?
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January and yes MacWorld is where they announce some new products/updates not all the time though as they released an updated Mac Pro they didn't announce at MacWorld.
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intel have just released their new penryn chip, which is expected to be put into mb and mbp soon after macworld expo, so you should probs wait till then.
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intel have just released their new penryn chip, which is expected to be put into mb and mbp soon after macworld expo, so you should probs wait till then.
I believe that you are guessing there. All we can do is to wait see if it happens.

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I believe that you are guessing there. All we can do is to wait see if it happens.
yer but theyre gonna in the end, you can hardly see tham staying with the current processors for more than 6 months, and that would be the upgrade that they would use, if not something better/faster. It may not happen that soon, but an upgrade will eventually come so the guy should wait, even if they dont update it at macworld cos youd be kicking yourself if ya got it now and then it got updated/discounted on tuesday 15th(macworld)
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I going to wait until the Macworld Conference is over, logically.

Then I'll probably have to wait longer for the new models to come to New Zealand.
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Is there any benefit to getting the 17 inch MBP over the 15 inch MBP apart from the 2 inch screen difference?
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Is there any benefit to getting the 17 inch MBP over the 15 inch MBP apart from the 2 inch screen difference?
The 17" model has an available-to-order High Definition screen with amazing resolution...I believe it's $200 over the base price of the machine. Other than that plus, I don't see any reason to go with the 17" unless you REALLY need the extra real-estate. That 2" makes all the difference in portability, IMO.

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The 17" model has an available-to-order High Definition screen with amazing resolution...I believe it's $200 over the base price of the machine. Other than that plus, I don't see any reason to go with the 17" unless you REALLY need the extra real-estate. That 2" makes all the difference in portability, IMO.
Thanks, 15" is more than ample for me.

Another question, I plan to play a few games on the MBP, nothing crazy mind, is it worth upgrading to 4gb of RAM...this I can do my self, I don't need to be held to ransom by Apple for the factory RAM.
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Don't bother with the RAM upgrade right now - do it yourself. That being said, I've got a 2.33ghz MBP with 2GB of RAM and don't have any problems running anything. I'm even running Adobe Photoshop CS2 (not an intel-based app) and you wouldn't know that it wasn't a newer version designed for the new intel-macs.


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what ever you do, DO NOT BUY FACTORY APPLE RAM they rip you off and you can get it a lot more cheaper at crucial.com, which is very excellent ram.
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Don't worry, I already had a fit when I saw how much Apple charge for RAM.

It's like penance for being too lazy to do it yourself, I swear.
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