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Waiting for New MacBook Pro (2008)

January 18, 2008

UPDATE (2008.02.26):
It is finally here. Both MacBook and MacBook Pro are updated. Stay tuned for more informations, I’m getting a MacBook and MacBook Pro, but not spending my own money.

UPDATE (2008.02.19):
03:58 AM PST Apple Online Store is closed for updates. “This is it!”, as I wished.

UPDATE (2008.02.16):
The current MacBook Pro are indeed being “phased out”. Amazon.com is pricing both 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz 15-inch models at $1,987.41 and $2,447.41 respectively (note the $7.41 at the end of the pricing). Other reports that the one store I don’t want to shop in is having the 15″ MacBook Pro backordered. According to the fake information, the new MacBook Pro will have a slightly different build of Mac OS X 10.5.2 installed due to some new drivers inclusions. Two more Tuesday left in February, and my imaginary source reveals that Apple intends on releasing the new MacBook Pro in February. Most likely there wouldn’t be any fanfare because the iPhone SDK reveal is a much bigger news item.

UPDATE (2008.02.12):
Apple Online Store closed for updates, then reopened. No MacBook Pro yet. It’s Aperture 2.
Apple, I’m/We’re still waiting!

UPDATE (2008.02.11):
Mac OS X 10.5.2 (Build 9C31) is released, one day early as expected. MacBook Pro this Tuesday? My imaginary source says so.

Mac OS X 10.5.2 Build 9C31

UPDATE (2008.02.07):
Developer builds of Mac OS X 10.5.2 is still being worked on. The build 9C31 might become the shipping version. This mean that Apple will be able to ship The new MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5.2 next week.

UPDATE (2008.02.05)two:
Supposed release date for new MacBook Pro 2008 is on 2008.02.12 (Tuesday).

UPDATE (2008.02.05)one:
Apple Online Store is closed for product updates. No MacBook Pro, just 16GB iPhone and 32GB iPod touch.
Apple Store is closed - 2008.02.05

UPDATE (2008.02.03):
Unconfirmed fake information. “Tuesday morning is good for insomniac, watch it closed.”
(editorial: Which Tuesday? Thanks for the vague info.)

UPDATE (2008.02.01):
Another whispers from the imaginary source, Apple is planning to ship the New MacBook Pro with Leopard 10.5.2 pre-installed.

UPDATE (2008.01.30):
Words from the fake and imaginary source (wink-wink) that “Good MacBook Pros come to those who waits, soon though.”

2008.01.18
MacWorld San Francisco 2008 came and went. “There’s something in the air”; and there were mixed emotions. “Time Capsule” is nice, a combination of Network Attached Storage (NAS) and wireless base station; with premium price. The iPhone Software update is really nice. Several new features, and reportedly brought many bricked iPhones back to life; a sad day for Apple haters. The “January Software Upgrade” for iPod touch is nice, but not that nice. Apple is charging $19.99 for five applications for the iPod touch. Apple’s interpretation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act seems to be the reason why Apple is charging for the new apps for iPod touch. Sounds like Apple is experimenting with selling applications for the iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes Store. AppleTV gets a makeover, and suddenly becomes a lot more attractive. AppleTV is getting the upgrades for free, and the people rejoices. iTunes Movie Rentals is a welcomed addition to Apple services, there’s a price for convenience. One can only hope that this service will get better with time. After all, Apple is getting full supports from all major movie studios. MacBook Air is a sleek, sexy and desirable addition to the portable Mac line-up. Not for everyone, but it is a feat in design and engineering.

Let’s see.

  • I have my iPhone upgraded to version 1.1.3 for free. That’s great. In addition to that, I love the new map application.
  • I have been waiting to get a new wireless router, since I sold my Airport Extreme Base Station (802.11n – 100mbps ethernet). I know I’m getting Time Capsule. I’ve been happy with the Airport Extreme Base Station, because it’s been the best wireless router I ever had. Costs more, but worth it.
  • I don’t have iPod touch, but I do feel that the price for the application upgrade is too steep. I wrote a rant on this, will post it in the near future.
  • AppleTV and iTunes Movie Rentals; I love them. I don’t have any plan on buying AppleTV anytime soon, but that might change. iTunes movie rental service actually piques my interest.
  • MacBook Air is a nice one, but I would like to skip it this time. Why? Because I’m waiting for new MacBook Pro.

I currently own a MacBook Pro Core Duo. I ordered it the moment it was announced at MacWorld San Francisco 2006. It’ll be two years old soon. As a matter of fact, I’m using it to write this. It’s not that it has a problem, it’s just wouldn’t handle the type of work I’m doing right now. I need more processing power. Intel Core Duo is a little bit under-powered by comparisons. I could’ve bought the current MacBook Pro, but I know that Apple has been working on new MacBook Pro line-up.
I am not alone waiting for the new MacBook Pro. I have been telling Carrie to wait for a new Mac since August 2007. I know that it is worth all the wait.

According to my imaginary source who is allegedly working at Apple’s Executive Office, the upcoming MacBook Pro will have the followings:

  • Multi-touch/multi-gesture trackpad (just like the one in MacBook Air)
  • Penryn-based 45nm Intel Processor (no, it’s not going to be Quad-core).
  • Faster FSB, DDR-800 RAM.
  • Slightly higher resolution display on the 15-inch model (1080p compliant).
  • Anodized color other than silver.
  • Something about the USB ports.
  • …….

For your reference, check MacRumors: Buyer’s Guide.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2008 9:00 am

    I like the way you think, I’ve been waiting too.. since 2005.
    I’m scared of buying anything first gen Apple anymore but I can maybe put that aside since I’m dire need of a new Mac.

    I’d like to see maybe a squeeze of two or more hours out of the battery, a base of 4MB RAMM and maybe a little slimmer MPB 15 incher.

    Cheers

  2. January 23, 2008 9:00 am

    err MBP*

  3. January 27, 2008 1:29 pm

    I’m waiting on getting a new MBP too. I have the money ready, but, apple doesn’t have the computer ready. 😦 Why can’t it be here yet! I’m stuck using my iBook G4 (with a broken internal harddive) until they release it. Supposedly, it was supposed to be released at MacWorld, but Intel didn’t have the processors ready. Please apple! Release the MBP, SOON!

    MacTipper
    http://www.mactipper.com/

  4. igor permalink
    January 27, 2008 7:19 pm

    same here. bought my MPB in March of 2006, so i am waiting on a new one. Hopefully it will be out by the time i get my tax return back 🙂

  5. Jack Mack permalink
    January 29, 2008 2:03 pm

    I have never bought a mac computer, I transitioned over with the iPhone- which is great. I got Apple TV- supposedly getting better, haven’t seen the update hit yet and I check daily…

    As for the MBP- I really want one, and I am willing to wait. I also am hesitant to buy a first gen product b/c the iPhone was a bit glitchy. However I made the decision a while ago and I am sticking to it.

    2 Questions:

    1 Do you think it will have Blu-ray capabiltiy?
    2 When for God’s sake is it coming???

    You’ll love the MacBook Pro.
    To answer your questions:
    1. Many Mac-rumor sites are saying that Blu-Ray drive is coming to the Mac. My imaginary source did not make any mentions about Blu-Ray at all. So, who knows.
    2. The MacBook Pro “refresh” is expected sometimes in February. According to a different imaginary source, it is coming after 10.5.2 is released.

  6. Luke permalink
    February 4, 2008 3:45 pm

    Do we think its going to run about the same price $2,000 as the one currently out?

    I believe that the price structure will be the same; $2,000 and $2,500. Considering that Apple has just released MacBook Air for $1,799 base price.

  7. Mario permalink
    February 5, 2008 10:31 am

    I recently ordere a MBP as matter of Fact december 28 but for some reason or other the box had a hole so I Send it back FEDex, so did the seccond one, but the third didn’t look have the hole so I oppended and did’t have high gloss screen, Guess What I sent it back, finally I received the fourth one and as matter of fact I’m using it now, but one of my coworker ANN told me that Friend of Her that works with Apple told her about the new MBP and I researched and found some much info that I sending back and wait untill the new MBP comes

  8. Mario permalink
    February 5, 2008 10:33 am

    I got TOP of the line MBP I paid about $4000, why would I keep and old MBP for that price

  9. Luke permalink
    February 12, 2008 7:21 am

    so i guess it tdidnt come out today then there was only 1 new update but it wasnt the MBP

    I was excited when The Online Apple Store was closed for update, but it’s only Aperture 2. If there were a special event this month, maybe then we’ll get the new MacBook Pro.

  10. Werd permalink
    February 14, 2008 3:41 pm

    Hurry uuuuuuuuuuuuuup!

  11. Ben permalink
    February 19, 2008 6:49 am

    there doesn’t seem to have been any changes made to the store. what were they doing???

  12. Patrick permalink
    February 23, 2008 12:59 pm

    I’m planning to purchase a MacBook Pro (first Mac in years!) as soon as it comes out, but I’m getting very impatient….

  13. jack permalink
    February 23, 2008 5:31 pm

    when is it coming ???

  14. Werd permalink
    February 24, 2008 7:46 pm

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeease let it be THIS Tuesday… otherwise all speculation is null and void… fingers/toes/eyes… cross them all.

    I’ve been waiting since December for the New MacBook Pro. I’ve been really patient about it, and I do believe that it is coming soon.

  15. Luke permalink
    February 25, 2008 9:08 am

    yea if its not this tuesday, i dont know if i can wait any longer and ill just get something else.

    The rumor from other Mac sites point that it is coming this week. They’d better be right. My imagination can’t take it anymore.

  16. Eddie permalink
    February 25, 2008 3:12 pm

    if it doesnt come this tuesday then its probably going to come out march 17th

  17. Jack Mack permalink
    February 26, 2008 6:26 am

    It came. And I am sorry to say it appears to be nothing special. SO they put in anew track pad with iPhone zoom in capability. The specs still match top specs from the previous version, its just a bit cheaper. I am very disappointed.

    Am I missing something or was this it. I want a Mac bad but I recently bought a nice PC I would have bit the bullet if Mac had done something extrodinary or even close to extrodinary but this just seems like a chaep attempt at a make over with existing technology from other products, nothing new, nothing revolutionary. Your thoughts…

  18. BOB permalink
    February 26, 2008 8:30 am

    ITS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Luke permalink
    February 26, 2008 9:50 pm

    I just bought the Macbook pro and its being shipped so hopefully it rocks

    Congratulations! I am sure that you will love the MacBook Pro.

  20. Luke Graning permalink
    March 10, 2008 5:03 pm

    when is the trackpad suppose to zoom i cant get it to zoom anywhere, what prgorams or any pictures does it have to be?

    The new multi-touch trackpad is currently supported in iPhoto, Preview, and Aperture (if I’m not mistaken). More info here: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=307294

  21. grethen permalink
    July 7, 2008 4:59 am

    well done and useful content 🙂

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