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#7423 - 01/10/10 08:13 PM anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ?
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Here are some links to pass the time...
  1. Intel Presents New Processor Line-up

  2. Intel Core i5 540M

  3. Intel to detail next-gen MacBook Pro chip candidates at CES

  4. Intel unveils details on Arrandale, Clarkdale processors

  5. The unofficial "I'm Waiting for Arrandale" thread...

And here is a quote from one of the predictions/speculations [pertaining to Apple/MacBook Pros specifically] which i hope proves accurate...
Quote:
Fairly sound assumptions:
  • Announced between now and Jan 27

  • Shipping in Feb

  • Intel integrated graphics for 13" and low-end 15" (same performance as 9400M), Nvidia 330M discrete GPU for high-end 15" and 17" (about 10-20% increase over 9600M)

  • Arrandale is a good chip, 20-30% increase with same power and price (i.e., i5 2.53 performs like 3.06 Core2Duo with regard to processing power, but it costs less and uses less power)

cool
I'm looking to get a high-end 15" MBP (where i'll also get my first taste of Snow Leopard), so waiting another 2 or 3 weeks seems logical.

Santa! ... come back Santa.
  (and i don't mean Santa Rosa).


Edited by Hal Itosis (01/10/10 08:29 PM)

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#7523 - 01/13/10 08:02 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
>>Intel's MacBook Pro update slip: what to expect<<

Core i5 MacBook Pros, in the channel... leaked by Intel?

[uh-oh, i hope this doesn't raise Steve's hackles]

--

Here's a screenshot someone grabbed at an Intel "Retail Edge" website:
http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=Pq1z9TV0 [it's real folks.]


Edited by Hal Itosis (01/13/10 09:15 PM)
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#8227 - 02/06/10 10:56 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Google cache of some page at Geekbench:

MacBookPro6,1 (Processor: Intel Core i7 M 620)

...and the corresponding MacRumors thread which exploded as a result:

Unreleased Core i7 MacBook Pro 6,1 Benchmarked? Supplies Constrained

Hopes are that Apple will announce this coming Tuesday (else the 16th... else the 23rd).

Else... we wait some more. mad

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#8232 - 02/06/10 01:42 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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Originally Posted By: Hal Itosis
Else... we wait some more. mad

Relax, Hal, or you'll blow a gasket. Wouldn't look good on your Arrandale... smirk
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#8234 - 02/06/10 03:17 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: alternaut]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
This old PowerBook G4 is sooo slooow (and the 12" screen is so small, and the tiny HD is so full), it makes the wait seem even longer and more painful.

That Geekbench score sure looks sweet...

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#8305 - 02/09/10 03:19 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
 
Apple To Upgrade MacBook Pros Tuesday Ahead Of Macworld Conference?
Apparently... no. crazy

In other news...nVidia released a new GPU today named "Optimus":
  1. World, Meet Optimus
  2. NVIDIA Optimus - Truly Seamless Switchable Graphics and ASUS UL50Vf

Will this part be offered in the upcoming MBPs?
Or will they get an ATI 58xx graphics chip instead?
Only "Jobszilla" knows.

I wonder why the wait. Are the new MBPs not ready yet??? This seems to be the most anticipated hardware update i can recall. That first MacRumors thread (linked to above) reached over 6000 posts and basically broke the forum software. So they started a new thread which currently numbers over 2000 posts.

Today is Macworld Expo 2010, and (despite the fact that Apple no longer attends, it) would have been a "perfect" Tuesday to put the new MBPs on the market. Something doesn't feel right about this...

See you next Tuesday then.


Edited by Hal Itosis (02/09/10 03:28 PM)

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#8309 - 02/09/10 06:16 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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Or, maybe Wednesday is the new Tuesday.
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#8311 - 02/09/10 07:52 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: dkmarsh]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Someone at MacRumors compiled this chart:
Code:

  model  | Intel releases CPU  |  Apple releases MacBookPro
 -----------------------------------------------------------
 MBP1,1  |    January 5, 2006  |  Tuesday, February 14, 2006
 MBP2,1  |    August 28, 2006  |  Tuesday,  October 24, 2006
 MBP3,1  |        May 9, 2007  |  Tuesday,     June  5, 2007
 MBP4,1  |    January 6, 2008  |  Tuesday, February 26, 2008
 MBP5,1  |      June 13, 2008  |  Tuesday,  October 14, 2008
 MBP5,2  |  December 28, 2008  |   Monday,     June  8, 2009
 MBP6,1  |    January 7, 2010  |  Tuesday, February __, 2010
   

Not sure where the Tuesday tradition started, but it applies to all sorts of things ("New Music Tuesdays" at the iTunes Store for example, as the entertainment industry also releases new stuff on Tuesday).

Not sure again, but i think that one Monday in the chart was a "silent" update... as not much was changed (had basically the same Core 2 Duo processor anyways?).


Edited by Hal Itosis (02/09/10 07:56 PM)

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#8477 - 02/19/10 09:09 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
After 4488 posts (180 pages) in the second "Waiting for Arrandale" thread (the first of which had reached 6626 posts), the MacRumors moderators have closed that one as well [this time due to too much trolling, fake info, and other childish antics] and started a third thread: The unofficial "I'm Waiting for Arrandale" thread... III

Someone in a similar Ars Technica thread has made a calculated predection: due to the upcoming iTunes Store hoopla (10 billionth song sold), the main page at apple.com will probably be preoccupied with that promotion. [he calculated that number will be attained right around next Tuesday Feb. 23rd (approximately).] Thus, he predicts the new MacBook Pro release announcement might fall on March 2nd.

No comment. ((  frown  ))

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Apple's Macs And iPods Have A Blow-Out January.


Edited by Hal Itosis (02/19/10 09:36 AM)

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#8485 - 02/19/10 03:51 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
AppleInsider now has an <article> stating that the (aforementioned) "Optimus" will be used in future MacBook Pro models. (Future???)

Also included are several paragraphs (all generously sprinkled with hyperlinks to previous Insider articles) outlining Apple's recent GPU decision-making (OpenCL), as well as a brief overview of the ongoing legal spat between nVidia and Intel.

Hard to say how this latest news bodes with respect to the (expected) imminent MBP release. [gawd i hope this wait is worth it -- Apple's affinity for secrecy and surprises is getting hard to stomach.]

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#8486 - 02/19/10 04:02 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
dkmarsh Offline
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Quote:
This old PowerBook G4 is sooo slooow (and the 12" screen is so small, and the tiny HD is so full), it makes the wait seem even longer and more painful.

So whatever became of your Santa Rosa?
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#8487 - 02/19/10 04:11 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: dkmarsh]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Originally Posted By: dkmarsh
So whatever became of your Santa Rosa?

It's comatose.

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#8495 - 02/20/10 10:30 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Hmm, the 'Waiting for Arrandale' thread at MacRumors is getting increasingly mediocre (as fewer-and-fewer knowledgeable people seem to participate). A better thread in which to kill some time by reading seems to be:

Apple Planning Smoother Transitions Between Graphics Processors in Upcoming MacBook Pros?


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#8553 - 02/22/10 10:18 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.”

Release the new MacBooks Pro... tomorrow!!!
_________________________

"Regardless of how Apple corporate wants to portray its products,
 the Mac isn't a machine for the masses any more than red wine is
 the preferred beverage at baseball games.
 :
 So who cares about ubiquity anyway?"
--D. Story

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#8573 - 02/24/10 08:51 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
For those who didn't already know: today is Steve Jobs' (55th) birthday.

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#8658 - 03/01/10 11:42 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Tomorrow brings another Tuesday, ripe with possibility.

Gizmodo however seems to think the MacBook Pro release will be delayed for some time to come:

iPad evolution

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#8662 - 03/01/10 12:54 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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Looks like Steve's wiping the floor with your expectations... shocked smirk
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#8931 - 03/19/10 12:59 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: alternaut]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
One of the more "creative" efforts of another who is bored by the lengthy wait: MacBook 3D

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#9128 - 04/01/10 10:26 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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More speculation, excuses and explanations (take your pick) in ’Future Plans’
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#9133 - 04/01/10 11:27 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: alternaut]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Current wisdom (or desperate speculation perhaps) says mid-April to mid-May.

I don't subscribe to the voices who chant that the WWDC is the target venue. Being quite late now, i feel they will get shipped ASAP once they're ready... not held back just for show & spectacle.

The new MBP line should be a mere footnote there —like: “as you know, we revamped the MacBook Pro line last month...” (followed by thunderous applause) —and then the WWDC's focus can remain on the new iPhone/iPad and iOS 4.

I would think Jobs would rather see the WWDC participants toting their new Arrandale machines around at the conference (having already purchased them some weeks earlier), than just then announcing in late June what all the other laptop players have done as far back as February.

WTH is taking so long anyway? mad


Edited by Hal Itosis (04/01/10 11:34 AM)

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#9424 - 04/11/10 01:16 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: alternaut]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Word on the street is this Tuesday is the day.

_________________________

"Regardless of how Apple corporate wants to portray its products,
 the Mac isn't a machine for the masses any more than red wine is
 the preferred beverage at baseball games.
 :
 So who cares about ubiquity anyway?"
--D. Story

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#9425 - 04/11/10 02:48 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
dkmarsh Offline
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"I'll hold the football, Charlie Brown, and you come running up and kick it." laugh
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#9426 - 04/11/10 03:16 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: dkmarsh]
Hal Itosis Offline


Registered: 09/03/09
Loc: 10.6.8 (build 10K549)
Charlie's not here right now.
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#9432 - 04/11/10 04:43 PM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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Hey, that's my blankie!!! shocked
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#9460 - 04/13/10 08:17 AM Re: anyone else "Waiting for Arrandale" ? [Re: Hal Itosis]
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You were right about Tuesday, the new MacBook Pro is in da house! tongue Here’s another look.
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