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The Latest - MacBook Pro from Apple - What's New?

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Update:
The MacBooks have started shipping, and are offering higher speeds than what was announced in Macworld.  The $2499 model will ship with a 2Ghz processor instead of 1.83 Ghz and the $1999 model will ship with 1.83 Ghz instead of 1.67 Ghz. There is also an option for a 2.16 Ghz processor in a built-to-order model.
 
11th Jan 2006
 
Finally, what all Mac geeks have been waiting for since Steve Jobs hinted at it last year has been officially launched - the MacBook Pro series of laptops that will replace the current generation of Mac Powerbooks.

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Wait before you buy that Intel Centrino Dual Core Laptop?


That's right. And there's a good reason.  After extensive testing by major  labs, it has been revealed that the laptop's, which are using the Intel''s Centrino Dual-core processor's suffer from a major flaw that drains upwards of 80 minutes of battery life.

Though Intel is claiming at the moment that flaw is not in their dual core processor but in Microsoft Windows driver, the real issue is still unclear. But, if it is actually dual core processor fault, it could affect the newly announced Apple Macbook Pro as well.

What is perhaps making the matter more murky is perhaps the lack of fix from either one - Intel or Microsoft. So, our advice to fellow geeks is to wait a bit till there comes a clear update on the dual core processor. 

Update - 16th February 2006
Microsoft is currently developing a patch and a BIOS update for the dual core centrino problem, though a date hasn't been announced. There is a temporary fix (lookup KB899179 in Microsoft Knowledgebase), but we suggest our readers to wait for the proper fix. > Read more

What's missing in MacBook Pro?

Now that the buzz has died down a bit, it's time to introspect. And yes, there are quite a few things that are missing on MacBook Pro compared to the now legacy "PowerBook", apart from "Power" in the name.

No Modem

That's right, there's no modem on the new Powerbook's (oops.. MacBook Pro). You can use an external modem, but come'on seriously will you carry one? And, no not every place in the world has wireless.

No PCMCIA

Apple has dumped the PCMCIA card slot for the new "Express Card". Sure, it's faster but the only problem is that there aren't too many "Express Card" accessories. Of course, since they aren't backwards compatible, you can't plug your PCMCIA card into the "Express Card" slot either.
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