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MacBook Pro, The Quad-Core Dilemma.

October 23, 2008

I have been waiting since January 2008 to replace my original MacBook Pro Core Duo. I’ve written about MacBook Pro Early 2008 and MacBook Pro Late 2008 (also this) since then. Around August 2008, I stumbled upon informations on MacBook Pro with Quad-Core processors.

I had high hope that Apple would release Quad-Core MacBook Pro on “The spotlight turns to notebooks” event. The new Aluminum Unibody MacBook Pro is nice, but it is still missing the Quad-Core I really want.

I am using my Original MacBook Pro Core Duo to write this post; it is still a capable machine. I’ve done tons of video editing on this MacBook Pro. With a 7200 RPM hard-drive, this MacBook Pro Core Duo beats newer MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo with 5400 RPM hard-drive.

Yes it is still a great computer.

I was going to buy the new Unibody MacBook Pro on the first day it was available. For some reasons, there have been some kind of divine intervention that prevented me from spending the hard-earned dollars.

I do have the sense that the MacBook Pro would gain Quad-Core as an option around January 2009. It is based on my gut feelings, backed by some informations that I’ve gathered. I’ve been through this road before, and I’m sure that if and when I got the new Unibody MacBook Pro, the Quad-Core option would be added a few months after.

Decisions, decisions.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2008 3:04 am

    Yeah, I think it will be available next year and that’s why I control myself to get one now because it’s better to have that Quad Core….

  2. November 8, 2008 6:06 pm

    I’m in a similar position. My current MacBook Pro still performs well enough for my needs, though it is 6 months past it’s 2-yearly refresh. I’d really like to move to a quad core in early 2009, but don’t think we’ll see the technology until much later.

  3. Dave permalink
    November 11, 2008 1:47 pm

    You can get a good idea about a Quad Core laptop by watching Intel and their laptop announcements,

  4. November 14, 2008 8:51 am

    I was frustrated the quad-core macbook was not in the last wave. Really need one to do proper parallel computing demos!

  5. matteo permalink
    November 20, 2008 10:00 pm

    Hey guys!
    I am in a similar situation. Ive been wanting to upgrade to a MacBookPro and I had been waiting for several months before the October2008 new machines coming out…but for some reason I feel it would be better to wait for the next update before spending all those $$$
    Do you guys think we will see something in January 2009 for the convention??

  6. November 27, 2008 10:10 am

    Quad core, would be nice, much more important would be an 8GB RAM option …

  7. December 11, 2008 3:32 pm

    I’m waiting/hoping for a quad core 17″ MBP, I’m due for an upgrade in the next few months. No Quad core isn’t too much – Its a desktop replacement – and makes a lot of sense to some developers.

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