MacBook Pro 17-inch C2Ds Delayed One Week

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-17-200.jpgSome customers that ordered 17-inch Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros are receiving emails (like this one) indicating that their machines have been delayed by a week.

To Our Valued Apple Customer:
Thank you for your recent order with the Apple Store online.
We are unable to ship your 17-inch MacBook Pro by the date given when you
placed the order. It is now expected to ship on or before 11/14/06. We
sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause and we are
making every effort to ship this unit as soon as possible.
For up-to-date information on your order, please visit our Order Status
website at http://www.apple.com/orderstatus. Tracking information will be
emailed to you as soon as your order is shipped.
You may also visit http://www.apple.com/orderstatus to change or cancel your
order anytime before it is shipped.
We appreciate your business and your patience. Thank you for shopping at the
Apple Store.
Sincerely,
Apple Store Customer Support
Questions? Visit our online customer service:

http://www.apple.com/support/store.

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Ship Dates Changed on Some MBPs

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Date: Monday, November 6th, 2006, 00:01
Category: MacBook Pro

This was sent it by HJC, what have you been seeing?

I have a pending order for a new 15″ 2.33 Ghz Macbook Pro, which was placed within 24 hours of the announcement last week (webstore blocked me out until about 7AM Tuesday). It was CTO, the options selected were glossy screen and a USB modem. It was listed as “ship on or before Nov. 3″ until, of course, Nov. 3rd, at which point I received an e-mail indicating an “unanticipated delay” and a new ship date of “on or before Nov. 29.”
I suspect there were a lot of people out there like me, just waiting and waiting for a product update. There must have been a flood of orders!

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The Apple Core: Inside Apple’s 802.11n adapter

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 09:45
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-802.11n.jpgMacBook Pro 802.11n adapterIt may be Apple’s worst-kept secret, but it’s a secret nonetheless: the company is including wireless cards in the new MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo that support the draft 802.11n wireless protocol.
The final 802.11n specification is projected to be released in December 2006 but that could slip as far back as 2008. The 802.11n spec supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and typical data rates are expected to be 200Mbit/sec with a maximum of 540 Mbit/sec. Range is expected to be ~160 feet.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro C2D Take Apart Guide (with Photos)

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Date: Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, 08:48
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-c2d-open.jpgiFixit has posted the first internal photos of Apple’s Core 2 Duo ‘Merom’ MacBook Pro. The disassembly features high resolution images of the redesigned logic board and Intel’s new Merom chip.
Also included is the first photos of Apple’s 802.11n draft board for the MacBook Pro, and Apple’s new 6x dual-layer 9.7mm SuperDrive. Fixit Guides for every iPod and Mac laptop are available free online.

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MacBook Pro C2D’s Hidden iSight Indicator

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Date: Monday, October 30th, 2006, 12:53
Category: MacBook Pro

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Those owners of the previous MacBook Pro should notice a tiny dot is missing from the new MacBook Pro. Yes, with the previous MacBook Pro, there was a dot right next to the iSight built-in camera.The dot turned into green light when you turn ON your iSight, to tell the camera has been activated.

With the new MacBook Pro, the green light will illuminate from within the aluminum bezel!

You may think there must be tiny holes around that area. Well, maybe ….But even if so, the holes are too small to recognize. When the light is off, you won’t be able to tell. It may be a tiny detail, but Apple is one of the few company who would make things better even at this level.

nobilog: the secret of MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo)

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Apple Announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros

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Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, 21:47
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple today announced new MacBook Pro notebooks based on the Intel Core 2 Duo (“Merom”) processor. Specs are as follows:
The 2.16 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$1,999:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 128MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 15-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,499:
* 15.4-inch widescreen 1440 x 900 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 120GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 6x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* two USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
The 2.33 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro – US$2,799 (US):
* 17-inch widescreen 1680 x 1050 LCD display with 300 cd/m2 brightness;
* 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor;
* 2GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, expandable to 3GB;
* 160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
* a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
* PCI Express-based ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
* three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
Due to a server outtage today content is being posted on my ZDNet blog – The Apple Core:
- Apple announces Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro
- Apple’s gift to travelers: Magsafe airline power adapter

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Apple Begins Production of Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, October 9th, 2006, 13:10
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple Computer this month has begun to slow production of its existing Core Duo MacBook Pro professional notebooks ahead of refreshed models that will sport Intel Corp’s higher-performance Core 2 Duo microprocessors, AppleInsider has learned.

While Apple’s online store continues to list immediate availability of Core Duo MacBook Pro models, the company this week is quoting some of its distribution and reseller partners wait times of 2 to 3 weeks for new custom-configured orders.

These reports are joined by tips from insiders who say the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is preparing to begin — if it has not done so already — manufacturing ramp of its holiday line of MacBook Pro notebooks.

AppleInsider :: Apple prepares for Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro ramp

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Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2006, 21:48
Category: MacBook Pro

I was at the Mobius Boston event last week, and one of the Microsoft speakers gave us all an overview of Windows Vista RC1. This was the first opportunity I had to check out Vista, and I have to say it looks much like Mac OS X.

The new Windows desktop search looked similar to Spotlight, and other user interface features looked like what I have on my MacBook Pro. After the presentation, we were each given a DVD with Vista RC1, and–being the geek that I am–I inserted it into my MacBook Pro slot and launched Parallels Workstation. The install started, and then an error message appeared.

I then visited the Parallels site and found there was an update to Parallels Desktop for Mac (new name for Parallels Workstation). I downloaded the update and then went through the entire Vista install without a hitch. The cool thing about Parallels Desktop is that you can create a number of virtual workstations and run the operating system you desire without worrying about trashing your computer.

Geek.com :: Running Windows Vista RC1 on MacBook Pro

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Incredible MacBook Pro Noise

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 00:02
Category: MacBook Pro

2 weeks ago, I started hearing this really loud noise coming from the right side of my MacBook Pro (it’s not the hard drive). The first time, it was so loud, I thought my computer was going to explode!
I sent it to Apple… and 5 days later, I got my computer back. To my surprise, the noise was still there (I also had a faulty right speaker with crappy sound quality… which they didn’t fix either).
This time, I made a video of the sound. Tell me if you’ve heard this before, because I sure haven’t… it’s incredible. My computer is at AppleCare, again, and I’ve argued with a Genius at the Genius bar. I said that they had to make it up for me, somehow. He said that if they make the mistake again, then… we’ll talk about something else. I said I didn’t agree. Now I’m trying to see how I can communicate with someone to tell them my situation.
Here’s the video with the incredible noise:

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Core 2 Duo (a.k.a. Merom) MacBook Pros in Paris?

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2006, 09:39
Category: MacBook Pro

If you were planning on buying an Apple notebook, you might consider waiting until Sept. 16. By this date, Apple will have held their annual Paris Expo, an event known for new product announcements — and this year, it’s rumored to include a newly, upgraded Mac Book Pro.

Apple laptop rumored to be updated

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