Apple introduces i5 and i7 MacBook Pros

Apple has introduced i5 and i7 MacBook Pros.

Gizmodo has some benchmarks. Here are some Core 2 Duo v i5 v i7 benchmarks [Tom’s Hardware] from the PC world.

Aside from the obvious performance improvements other differences seem to be

New 17 inch MacBook Pros soon?

With Intel’s new processor announcements slated for the International Solid-State Circuits Conference starting February 7th, it would seem that it’s about time for Apple to release a new top of the line MacBook Pro as the announcements usually seem to coincide (and it also coincides with MacWorldl Expo. The MacBook Pro is 242 days since the last release, somewhat over the average of 200 days.

Apple admits beep, click and pause in MacBook Pro 500Gb 7200RPM drives

According to CNET News, Apple is working on a software fix for a bug in MacBook Pros with 7200RPM 500Gb drives which causes a beep sound, clicking, then the machine pausing temporarily. I know of at least one instance where a new machine was replaced under warranty for this problem, so it will be interesting to see if there’s a software fix.

MacBook Pro backlight vertical screen stripes

It seems that some people’s 2008 MacBook Pros are exhibiting vertical light/dark screen stripes, as seen here, as if half the LED backlight is not on. There is also Apple support forum discussion on the topic.

Fortunately it seems the problem can be resolved by sleeping and waking the machine, but unnerving nonetheless, especially on brand new machines.

Multitouch MacBooks and MacBook Pros

After introducing the multitouch user interface in the iPhone and iPodTouch, and then in the MacBook Air Apple has now introduced it across the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines.Interestingly, this means that the desktop machines don’t have multitouch, which given it will no doubt be more widely adopted by developers as SDK’s for it become available, which may leave desktop users in the lurch. The obvious move would be for Apple to incorporate multitouch in the screens it manufacturers. However this answer would probably be a bad solution given the problem of gorilla arm. Perhaps a multitouch pad built into keyboards? A third party Kensington multitouch USB trackpad? Then again the MacBooks already use a different input method to mice, however it’s not clear how easily the rotational gestures would map to a mouse (scrolling and zooming is already usually mapped to the scroll wheel/ball). Mouse with a knob?Or perhaps Apple has an even more revolutionary input device up its sleeve…