MacBook Pro Update Wishes

Posted by Pesico
Feb 22 2011

With 6 Gran Turismo 5 related posts in a row, I figured it was high time to write about something else, and I’m gonna write about what I want out of the impending MacBook Pro refresh taking place on Thursday February 24th.

Right now I have a black MacBook 13,3″ 2,2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo machine. It’s still running fine, but I want a bigger screen and higher resolution. I wanted that for some time now and with the update supposed to take place Thursday this week as well as me starting to work full time from next week, what better time to get a new one right?

Mockup of MacBook ProThe picture above is a mock-up design of how a MacBook Pro in LiquidMetal could look like.

I’ve been following MacRumours and AppleInsider for some time now and there are some exiting rumors. One of them are LightPeak which is a high speed connection that can replace USB, Firewire and the Display Port. It’s also going to be faster than USB 3.0. Another is that the unibody that we see on todays MacBook Pro’s might be replaced with LiquidMetal, which may mean the MacBook Pro’s will be black or at least much darker again. That would be awesome!

What I Need
- 15″ Screen
- Higher resolution (this is given as it’s allready possible with todays MacBook Pro’s)

What I Want
- SSD Disk (fast boot up time, and Applications opens a lot faster)
- LightPeak or USB 3.0
- A black Mac, or a BlackBook Pro if you want

The Rumours

Apple is not likely to add USB 3.0 as they want to go for LightPeak in stead. The question is will it be included in this MacBook Pro refresh? It’s not unlikely at all. A lack of LightPeak or whatever Apple decides to call it, may be the only thing that will stop me from getting a new Mac during this refresh. Whenever I buy a new one, I’ll probably not buy a new one for at least 3 years, and it would suck to have an outdated machine only months or a year into that cycle (read USB 2.0 is slooooooooooooow).

SSD As Standard And No Optical Drive
SSD’s are really fast storage drives, but they are still pretty expensive. Based on recent rumours, they could be implemented in different ways. No big changes in this department is not unlikely, but they may become standard, if only in the higher end MacBook Pro’s or they may be cheaper to add in if you customize your MacBook Pro in the Apple Store online. A rumour that appeared today is that there might be a 8-16GB SSD that OS X will be stored on. This would not be considered the main storage drive of course, but it would improve the start up times on the machine by a lot.

Another possibility is that Apple will scrap the optical drive, making place for a SSD disc (128GB maybe) as OS X and Application storage drive and a big HDD for storing files. This would be great news for me as I have relatively no need for an optical drive. I use it so rarely that I can go for an external one in stead for those few times I need it. With the App Store now available for Mac, there really is no huge need for optical drives anymore for many, and having it at least as an option would give everyone a suitable choice.

Apple has signed an exclusive deal for the use of LiquidMetal. It’s a strong metal that is lighter than aluminum, and it also is a lot darker, which is something I would love. It’s doubtful if Apple are ready to introduce it during this refresh, but if they do, my jaw will drop!

That’s pretty much it. The MacBook Pro’s that are out allready are more than good enough for my use, but I really want LightPeak and cheaper SSD’s. I’ll be sure to follow any rumors and announcements over the next couple of days with excitement.

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