MacBook Pro Unboxing Pictures

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2006, 19:02
Category: MacBook Pro

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My MacBook Pro just arrived at PowerPage world headquarters 10 minutes ago and wanted to post a couple of pictures. Look at the size of the box! I’m going to start a fire, set up my tripod and post some unboxing photos soon. Stay tuned. Mad props to Everett and the entire crew at Springboard Media in Philadelphia, PA. He got five units in today and I managed to grab the last one.
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Post your specific questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
See 28 photos of the new MacBook Pro unboxing on my ZDNet blog – The Apple Core.
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My MacBook Pro Shipped

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Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2006, 14:39
Category: MacBook Pro

Apple-Store-MBP-Shipment.jpgI take back all the nasty comments about Apple’s shipping delays with the MacBook Pro – mine shipped yesterday!
It looks like Apple’s “February 28th” revised shipping date estimate is another case of Apple under-promising and over-delivering. Obviously your milage may vary. If you haven’t pre-ordered a MBP already you may want to call your local Apple retailer and ask them about availability. Several authorized retailers tell the PowerPage that a small batch of their initial MBP orders also shipped this weekend.
Let the games begin! I’m going to bed now as I’m expecting a very busy week ;)

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Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro to 1.83, 2.0 and 2.16GHz (Updated 2x)

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Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 2006, 10:37
Category: MacBook Pro

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Apple announced that the the first wave of MacBook Pros began shipping today. In a surprising move Apple quietly speed-bumped the original 1.67 and 1.83GHz MacBook Pro configurations to 1.83 and 2.0GHz today without advanced notice. 2.0′s will begin shipping “this week” according to Apple, 1.83′s “next week.”

All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $1,999 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67 GHz, and will begin shipping next week.

Users with orders in queue at the Apple online store will automatically get upgraded to the faster configuration. A representative from the Apple online store told me that “emails are going out by the end of today (to customers with pending orders) about the new configurations.”
Apple also added a third top-of-the-line 2.16GHz MacBook Pro configuration today (Good, Better, Best, anyone?) that will cost an extra US$300 or US$2799. (UPDATE) The 2.16GHz model is available in 1-3 days according to the Apple online store. You simply need to place an order for the 2.0GHz model, then supersize it to 2.16GHz.
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A rep from the Apple store told me that customers who ordered online will be getting their MacBook Pros before they arrive at Apple retail stores across the U.S.

Happy Valentine’s Day MacBook lovers!

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MacBook Pro Delays

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Date: Friday, February 10th, 2006, 20:07
Category: MacBook Pro

It appears that Apple.com is not the only store now reporting longer delays for the arrival of the MacBook Pro. Some retail stores are pushing back their delivery date as well.
The day his holy Steveness (peace be with him) announced the MacBook Pro, I pre-ordered it from the University of Pennsylvania’s computer store for the sweet academically-discounted price of US$1799. (Aaah, the perks that come with the US$40,000 tuition!). At that point they told me it would come in “early February.”
Alas, later visits revealed that the first batch of MacBooks was pushed back by Apple to “late February,” and then even further to “the first week in March.” God knows if it will be pushed back even further…meanwhile my ancient TiBook is apparently trying to see how many components it can make malfunction before I throw it out the window (currently eight busted parts and counting).
Why the delays?
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Orders Queue Up

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 08:00
Category: MacBook Pro

After the keynote was over I couldn’t hit the refresh button fast enough on the Apple Store so that I could place my order for the first Intel-based notebook from Apple. As soon as the store opened I zipped through the options and slapped down the plastic for a shiny new 1.83GHz Core Duo MacBook Pro.
I placed my MBP order on January 10, 2006 at 11:02 AM PST according to the View order details button on Apple’s Order Status page. Like Steve promised, the MacBook is listed as shipping in mid-February, on the 15th to be exact. What I don’t really get is the delivery date. Even though I opted for the faster shipping service (for an extra US$18) which is listed as “2-3 Business Days” on the Apple Store, my delivery date is estimated to be February 23.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Dual-Booting Windows XP on a MacBook Pro

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Date: Monday, January 30th, 2006, 00:04
Category: MacBook Pro

The Computer Guru has posted instructions how to dual-boot Windows XP on a MacBook Pro. The instructions have not been tested by the author but he believes his theory will work. Someone with an Intel Mac might want to give it a try. (Thanks Digg).

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MacBook Pro: What's in a Name? (Updated)

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Date: Friday, January 20th, 2006, 11:12
Category: MacBook Pro

I was sitting there Tuesday morning all stoked about what would be revealed at MWSF, clutching my mouse and double clicking the refresh button on all the news sites. I eagerly waited. I guessed the Intel iMac debute and waited anxiously for the Intel Mac mini but to my surprise the PowerBook received the Intel chip – or should I say the “MacBook Pro?”
Eek… MacBook Pro?!
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The Apple Core: MacBook Pro Requires New Accessories

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Date: Wednesday, January 18th, 2006, 09:28
Category: MacBook Pro

mbp-front-row.jpgIf you’re in the market for a MacBook Pro to replace a PowerBook, you need to remember that Apple’s new professional notebook requires a whole new set of accessories.
If you have any PC Cards, RAM, Ultra ATA/100 drives, FW800 peripherals or cases, you’ll need a plan for your new MBP. Get it together before your new machine arrives.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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MacBook Pro Performance Analysis

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 22:55
Category: MacBook Pro

Craig Wood conducted a performance analysis of the pre-production MacBook Pro while at Expo and posted his findings.

On the last day of Macworld 2006 I revisited the prototype MacBooks and performed a series of tests to measure the new system’s performance. I conducted four media-related tests on the new MacBook Pro and previous G4/G5 systems, including audio/video encoding and HD video playback. The goal was to evaluate the performance of the new MacBook Pro and compare it to previous Macs.
To best judge the performance of the new MacBooks I conducted four media-related tests on each system: audio encoding using iTunes, video encoding using QuickTime Player, and HD video playback using QuickTime Player for 720p and 1080p content. These tests stress various aspects of each system, including the CPU and graphics cards. All test files resided on the machine’s internal hard disk and other applications were closed unless otherwise noted.

Click through for Craig’s results.

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Price Deathmatch: MacBook Pro v. Dell Inspiron E1705

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Date: Tuesday, January 17th, 2006, 00:33
Category: MacBook Pro

dell-inspiron-e1705.jpgMike McHargue decided to see just how much of a price premium exists between Macs and PCs. This is a much easier task now that you can match components exactly. Mike compares the MacBook Pro to the Dell Inspiron E1705 and his results are a pleasant surprise. Final Price:
MacBook Pro: $2,399
Inspiron E1705: $2,341
Read the whole story on Mike’s blog.

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