Originally Posted by scez
So if I waited a year, how many/big upgrades could I expect Apple to make on the macbook pro? And are there any special deals on it anywhere to help pursade my dad to get it now instead of later
Well, more now than ever, IMO it will benefit you IMMENSELY if you can wait until at least, say, Jan. of next year to buy a MBP. A lot of new stuff is coming out concurrently over the next year:
- Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). In addition to the standard new tweaks for an OS, like a smoother UI, touched up looks, more apps, ect, Leopard will probably include a version of Boot Camp integrated in the OS. Boot Camp, if you don't know yet, allows you to run Windows on an apple. Boot Camp is only in "Beta" now, and you must download and install it. Leopard is supposed to come out early next year.
- Windows Vista, the new Windows OS. Important because, naturally, if you want to run windows via bootcamp on your mac, it would make sense to run the latest version right? Supposed to come out around the same time as Leopard.
* So you see, if you plan on using both operating systems, you'll figure to save around $250 right off the bat by waiting till at least early next year for the new respective versions. Plus:
- Intel Merom dual-core processors, which will replace the current core-duos ('yonah', i believe) as the mobile intel processors. These meroms are supposed to be 20% faster than the highest end (2.16 Ghz) yonahs, yet they still have the same (or even less) power consumption. Also, they are fitted for 64 bit computing, which honestly won't help you much currently but it is indeed the future; it can't harm you cuz it's backwards compatible. Meroms are supposed to come out sometime this August.
- Universal Binary applications. Since apple switched to intel, some of their applications have to run through this emulator program called "rosetta". (google if you want more info) Universal binary software however, allows everything to run naturally and natively on a mac without slowing down performance like rosetta. A few major programs still aren't Univeral Binary-- notably, photoshop-- but probably all will be within a year.
In addition, you can expect some standard "bang for your buck" type upgrades on the specs of the MBP over the course of a year. For example, the base RAM may move from 512MB to 1GB, or at least the upgrades will be cheaper. Basic hard drive size may increase. The included video card may become faster or more efficient, or both. Problems like overheating will likely be completely eliminated, though they have already dropped in frequency over the last few months.
Hope this post helps, I think you should wait till for at least Leopard to come out if you don't go to college for another whole year...