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New MacBook Case Leak Rumors 243

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the dear-god-i-need-a-new-machine dept.
Someone noted that there are more macbook case leaks which look to all but confirm a new MacBook and possibly a MacBook Pro expected to be announced for later this week. There seem to be fewer ports, and no leaks of a 17" aircraft carrier laptop.
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New MacBook Case Leak Rumors

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  • Wait for Tuesday.... (Score:5, Informative)

    by PlatyPaul (690601) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:08AM (#25354869) Homepage Journal
    Seriously, we knew more laptops were coming [cnet.com], but it's just one day away to get the actual announcement.
  • by thered2001 (1257950) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:22AM (#25355011) Journal
    It looks like they fixed a problem I have with the current MacBook Pro: hairs near my wrists get stuck in the tiny crack between the top surface and the gray plastic edge. The new design seems to have abandoned this (albeit, very minor) irritant. Not sure this needed /. front page position, though.
  • by DirtyFly (765689) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:23AM (#25355031)
    I'm posting this to alert any Portuguese buyers who plan to sink any money into a mac, macs are great, OS X ROCKS, but technical assistence is NILL in Portugal, I had my mac book dead, took it ot repair, and 30 days later still nothing !, luckilly I bought it on a good dealer that following the law gave me my $$$ back !!!
    If apple does not open a direct office here in Portugal I wont buy a mac again !!!
    BE AWARE IMC or Interlog is NOT apple , they are the lousyest exclusive technitians in Portugal !!!
    Jorge
  • What they need... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Vandil X (636030) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:28AM (#25355095)
    ...a Mac laptop with decent NVidia graphics card capable of playing most popular PC games and MMOs like WoW, EQ2, etc when booted into Windows via Bootcamp... and priced in the $800-$1400 range.

    The things would sell like hotcakes.

    The currently Macbook Pros underwhelm with their graphics cards at the prices they're listed at.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:31AM (#25355131)

    in the gay community, a hairy man is often referred to as a 'bear' !

  • Macrumors.com (Score:5, Informative)

    by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:50AM (#25355399)

    I thought I should mention MacRumors [macrumors.com], a long-established site for Mac-related rumors and news, since it looks like Taco wasn't aware there are already sites that do this sort of thing.

  • Re:Sorry, (Score:4, Informative)

    by Count Fenring (669457) on Monday October 13, 2008 @10:50AM (#25355401) Homepage Journal

    Yeah... except that people do care. Maybe people aren't switching en masse out of hand, but Mac's percentage of the market has been rising, and (anecdotal evidence, yada yada) I know several people who've made the switch already, and several others who are just waiting for the end of their current computer's useful lifetime. Not that Mac is going to suddenly overwhelm the PC market, but it's not infeasible to compete with and/or overthrow monopolies, just hard. Plus, the likelihood of Dell/HP killing themselves isn't really small enough to discount.

    Also, people don't actually buy computers for Windows. In fact, if Vista showed anything, it's that people buy computers FOR THE COMPUTER. If the OS makes it look more likely that the computer will be buggy, well, that will inhibit growth.

    A lot of Mac's decisions do irk me, but I also feel that I have to point out that they're close to being as upgradeable as the PC in each product subcategory. Their laptop isn't particularly locked down by laptop standards, although it does lack a fscking manual eject on the CD-ROM*. The iMac is at least as upgradable as Gateway's or Sony's "Computer + monitor," and isn't a piece of crap, to boot. The Mini... well, the Mini is locked down, but it's also half the size of the Shuttle mini cases. The Mac Pro... I've not looked at it, but it seems upgradeable enough.

    * Off topic, but holy crap I hate that there's no way to physically force the Mac laptops to give back your CD if it can't recognize that it has it.

  • Re:Sorry, (Score:2, Informative)

    by bonch (38532) on Monday October 13, 2008 @11:51AM (#25356525)

    UNIX runs the Internet, so I suspect OS X has the more scrutinized foundation. Simply blaming popularity for Windows' myriad of problems over the years compared to OS X ignores that Win32 began as a single-user subsystem and that Microsoft ignored the Internet until 1998.

    Another counterargument is that Apache has higher market share than IIS, yet IIS has had more security flaws over the years. By your reasoning, Apache should be the one with more flaws.

  • by learningtree (1117339) on Monday October 13, 2008 @12:21PM (#25356943)
    The article title and summary could have been worded better.

    In addition to the new case (which by any means can be considered a minor change), there is speculation that the new Macs will be using nVidia MCP79 chipsets [softpedia.com].

    Along with the comparatively better graphics performance, this will also add SLI support to the Macbooks.
  • Re:Sorry, (Score:3, Informative)

    by not already in use (972294) on Monday October 13, 2008 @12:21PM (#25356945)

    UNIX runs the Internet, so I suspect OS X has the more scrutinized foundation.

    Yeah, I've heard this fallacy before. Are you going to tell me that the Unix that "runs" the internet in anyway resembles the Unix that runs OS X? OS X is a hybrid kernel to begin with, so that's strike one. Strike two, it's Unix with an entire desktop stack on top of it, which is where the majority of your exploits are introduced.

    Simply blaming popularity for Windows' myriad of problems over the years compared to OS X ignores that Win32 began as a single-user subsystem and that Microsoft ignored the Internet until 1998.

    Microsoft had a terrible track record on security. So, using that reasoning, can I use pre-OS X (or, pre-OS X 10.2 for that matter) examples to justify my point? In fairness, I look at MS track record post XP SP2.

    Another counterargument is that Apache has higher market share than IIS, yet IIS has had more security flaws over the years. By your reasoning, Apache should be the one with more flaws.

    Desktop software and Server software are entirely different beasts, and you're comparing them apples-to-apples. For one, a server is usually administered by a professional, which is certainly not the case with Desktops. Secondly, the number of desktop computers running Windows far outnumbers the amount of servers running any operating system. And lastly: http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/today/top.avg.html [netcraft.com] IIS is number two overall, behind freeBSD. Must not be that insecure.

  • by denzacar (181829) on Monday October 13, 2008 @01:35PM (#25358263) Journal

    In my humble opinion, there should be a law that would make linking of The Apple Product Cycle [misterbg.org] with every single mac/slashvertisement mandatory.

  • Re:Sorry, (Score:3, Informative)

    by mattack2 (1165421) on Monday October 13, 2008 @07:01PM (#25362623)

    * Off topic, but holy crap I hate that there's no way to physically force the Mac laptops to give back your CD if it can't recognize that it has it.

    If you mean that it literally never mounted or anything, I think holding down the mouse button at boot will do it. This dates from long ago (probably the original Mac) where the same technique worked for ejecting floppies.

  • Re:Sorry, (Score:3, Informative)

    by GrahamCox (741991) on Monday October 13, 2008 @07:33PM (#25362909) Homepage
    Apple themselves have put up a barrier to that. In order to actually develop programs for Macs, you have to pay them quite a bit of money just to get the basic dev tools, and even more in order to make higher end programs.

    ROFL! Do you ever actually, you know, check facts or anything before posting, or just spout stuff you assume to be true or heard off the bloke down the pub?

    Apple ship the entire development suite with every single installation disk of OS X free of charge. That means every Mac buyer has the dev tools, which include the IDE, Xcode, Interface Builder, a version of the GCC compiler, Instruments (dtrace) and many other more minor tools. These are not demo versions or crippled versions, they are all the full blown 100% working professional versions. It also includes comprehensive built-in developer documentation for all of the APIs and technologies. You can code in C, Objective-C, C++, Pascal, Python, Ruby... whatever really, it's all built-in. (Objective-C being the most useful "native" language however). Free updates for the dev tools are downloadable from the web. (Apple Developer Site [apple.com])

    If you want to sign up as an Apple developer, they have three levels of subscription. The lowest level is free - just sign up on the web. The middle and top level subcriptions cost money. For that you get access to developer technical support and pre-release copies of upcoming OS releases. However there are mailing lists that you can make use of even if you have no subscription at all and they are very helpful and staffed by Apple engineers voluntarily as well as other knowledgable developers.

    The barrier to entry as a Mac (or iPhone too) developer is nothing at all - install the tools and dive right in. In your case the barrier to entry would appear to be your own ignorance.

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