Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Second Generation Penryn Macbook Pro with new enclosure [Mockup]


In February, this blog predicted that Apple would update its ageing MacBook Pro line with new enclosures following the slim, curvaceous form of the new MacBook Air. Later that month, Apple released a minor upgrade to the MacBook Pro's specs, but no new enclosure. Undeterred by this setback, MacPredictions continues to believe (based upon speculation, rather than any hard evidence) that Apple is likely to redesign its MacBook Pro enclosures this year. It's just not like Apple to have an inconsistent design style across one of their lines for very long. Remember, for example, when the PowerBook switched from the titanium enclosure to aluminium. First the 17" and 12" models were released. For a few months they were sold alongside the 15" titanium model, until eventually that too switched to the new aluminium enclosure. Apple's introduction of the Air may be indicative of a similar phased rollout.

DailyTech claimed in February that Apple would be updating the MacBook Pro line again in June to introduce new second generation Penryn processors. Perhaps then we'll see the entire line consolodating on the new air-style enclosures.

6 comments:

  1. They better not put that stupid black keyboard in there..

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  2. Way to go! This is exactly what I have heard it will be like, including the black keyboard and larger trackpad. Reduced thickness from 25 mm to 21 mm, but no bevelled edge because of need to package DVD drive. Three USB ports, one DVI, ethernet and firewire port. I wonder whether theyll add Blu-ray and a 128 Gb SSD hard drive as options. Let's hope so. Do try and do a side elevation mock-up if you can. Thanks.

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  3. Hi Nicholas. Thanks for the feedback. I will do a side view at some point.

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  4. sorry, but it looks ugly! i am also sure that it would NOT have a black keyboard, because it looks as if there would be a strategy behind the black-parts. for example the iMac: it has a black line around the monitor. the air has black keyboards but no black line around the monitor. it looks, as if apple/jonathan ive is playing around with parts of computers: the monitor, the keyboard etc. so what else could be black? the frame AROUND the keyboards? the trackpad?

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  5. Hi bodypainer. I don't agree that it looks ugly. If black keyboards look ugly per se, then the MacBook Air must logically look ugly - and I'm sure Ive et al would not agree with you there! The black keyboard in the Air is not a new departure - remember that the Titanium PowerBook had something similar. Personally, I think that the silver plastic keys on the current MacBook Pro looks cheap (fake metal) - black keys would be an improvement. Note also that the low profile keys introduced originally on the MacBook have now been rolled out across every Mac line except the MacBook Pro - that surely tells us something.

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  6. Well I do think Black Keyboard is ugly and its distracting working. It feel strange for the first time I sow it. Same thing happen when I sow iMac black border around the screen. I can only say to apple keep it simple and give us a clean design, because I'm not going to update from my white shiny nice MacBook and my cute shiny white iMac. They both looks very nice and it goes together which is oposite to new iMac and MacBook air.

    Apple you hear me, black is ugly!!!

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