Yager: New Apple MacBook Pro is ‘mobile landing pad for Leopard in plenty of time for Macworld Expo’

“Woke up this morning and what’d I see? A mobile landing pad for Leopard in plenty of time for Macworld Expo,” Tom Yager blogs for InfoWorld.

Yager writes, “Apple is now shipping its new Core 2 Duo-equipped 15-inch Core Duo MacBook Pro, with the 17-inch MacBook Pro notebook going out in about a week. These 64-bit notebooks offer a few, yet important advantages over their Core Duo predecessors:”

• First 64-bit Mac notebooks
• First Apple notebooks based on Intel’s 64-bit Core microarchitecture; Core Duo was dual core, 32-bit Pentium-M
• Apple claims performance improvements of 39 percent over Core Duo MacBook Pros
• Dual-layer SuperDrive DVD burner in all models (6X on 15-inch, 8X in 17-inch model)
• 400 and 800 Mbps FireWire ports throughout lineup
• Expandable up to 3 GB of memory (see below)
• Hard drive capacity of up to 200 GB
• Build-to-order options now include MagSafe airline power adapter (see below)

Yager reports, “Apple’s approach to expanding MacBook Pro’s RAM is to factor in availability of 2 GB DDR2 SODIMM memory. These are still 2-socket systems. To get to 3 GB, you put a 2 GB DIMM in one slot and a 1 GB DIMM in the other.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Is Steve Jobs planning a “January Surprise?” We can hear the keynote now, “One more thing… We’re releasing Leopard today.” Or maybe not. What do you think?

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  1. gotta say No on that one MDN. Of course I wouldn’t be that surprised if they pulled it out…just that they already said Spring of 07. Last time they said Spring it came in April…I’d go with what they said on this.

  2. I woke up this morning and what did I see?
    The ground outside was as white as could be.
    The pine trees weren’t green, but a mystical white,
    Painted in darkness, all through the night.

    Sweet Poem by margaret. I found it on google

  3. We know that Apple is going to release iTV. Oppenheimer let that one out of the bag during the last conference call. I would expect that Apple will also announce more partners for movie downloads, with a whole lot more titles. That would mean the release of a true video iPod for the mobile viewer.

    Then there is speculation about an iPhone (two models?) and its support system.

    Announcing Leopard would add another 30 minutes to Jobs historical 1.5 hour keynote. Cewrtainly possible, but after 1.5 hours, any additional messages start to dilute previous messages.

    If Apple does release Leopard, we won’t see an iPhone (if one exists).

  4. Spark,

    A 64 bit computer can address more memory. That doesn’t mean that everything has to be in the RAM. You can always use virtual memory. More RAM will simply improve performance as more data can be held in the RAM (if there’s no thrashing).

  5. They’re going to show off more Leopard, I’m sure. But I highly doubt a release in January – it just doesn’t seem to make sense with everything they’ve said and done so far this year, or with the market conditions. I don’t see why they would need to rush it out, and it’s doubtful that they’d be able to get it finished in that timeframe. Look at all they’ve had to accomplish in the last two years, with the transition in processors! And that’s just one factor…

  6. I think Leopard will be fully demostrated at MacWorld in January, and Apple will offer anyone who purchases a new Mac or Tiger (in a box) a free (or $9.95 fee) upgrade to Leopard during the time between MacWorld and the actual release date.

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