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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Jobs: MBP Battery Life "About the Same" as PBG4

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 21:39
Category: MacBook Pro

jobs-w-macbook.jpgBusiness Week: How is battery life with the MacBook?
Jobs: About the same—this with a dual processor [chip]! Each processor is as fast as a G5, and the battery life will be the same as [the previous PowerBook’s] G4.
Read more of Business Week’s exclusive interview with Jobs in “A (New) Chip on His Shoulder.”

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MacBook Pro: Details and Photos

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Date: Monday, January 16th, 2006, 00:44
Category: MacBook Pro

mac-book-pro-hinge-200.jpgI’ve uploaded a Flickr photo set of five photos of the MacBook Pro from the booth at Macworld taken by Shaun Redmond.
The photos show:
- The new MBP hinge (pictured) which now houses the Bluetooth and Airport antennas under a grey plastic cover. This has greatly improved reception, according to reports.
- The new larger battery pack which looks like the battery in the current PowerBook G4 17-inch.
- The built-in iSight camera.
- The MagSafe connector.
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Video: 15 Minutes with the MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, January 13th, 2006, 10:19
Category: MacBook Pro

Watch this walkthrough of the MacBook Pro with an Apple Rep. In this exclusive video, watch for:
- Real-time performance of various apps
- How the breakaway magnetic power plug works
- Overview of the Mac’s ports, including Expresscard 34 slot
- How the built-in iSight works
- How the Apple Remote is Mac-assignable
(Thanks Digg)

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