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NelsonX
29th June 2007, 08:14 PM
Hi, I'm considering buying a MBP - but unsure about timing given Leopard will be out in October.

Are we (in Australia) likely to see hardware updates for the MBP so that its capable of running Leopard? For example can the current MBP run 64bit leopard?

thanks

Nelson.
ps. I'm a PC user and my last mac was a Colour Classic

iSlayer
29th June 2007, 08:19 PM
Are we (in Australia) likely to see hardware updates for the MBP so that its capable of running Leopard? For example can the current MBP run 64bit leopard?


Current macbook pro's will run Leopard fine.
There probably wont be an update anytime soon considering the last update was not long ago. Wouldn't bet on another one till next year maybe.

Huy
29th June 2007, 08:19 PM
Yes the current ones can.

Probably another update in November or December.

mechcon
29th June 2007, 09:35 PM
put it this way, a g4 powerbook 1.67GHz will most likely run leopard nicely. I'm happy to wager that :P

bartron
29th June 2007, 10:13 PM
Leopard will take full advantage of 64 bit but will run fine on 32 bit CPU's. Pretty much anything G4 and newer will run Leopard.

If you want to save some cash, get a re-furb or old stock MBP (either from a store clearance or whatever), then put the money you save into buying a copy of Leopard when it comes out. Honestly, your computer will be out of date in 6 months anyway no matter what you get.

Bartron

zac
29th June 2007, 10:40 PM
I'm running the WWDC build of Leopard on a 1.33 Ghz 12" Powerbook, a 3 year old Mac. It runs a little sluggish, but it's still perfectly usable.

mechcon
30th June 2007, 12:10 AM
how does time machine, and spaces run? :)

NelsonX
30th June 2007, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the clarification. Without doing a google - is the wwdc build available to the public yet?

Nelson

decryption
30th June 2007, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the clarification. Without doing a google - is the wwdc build available to the public yet?

Nelson

The WWDC build will never be available to the public ;)
The public will get the final version some time in October if things go according to plan.

hiredgoon
3rd July 2007, 06:49 PM
Get It Now!

Huy
3rd July 2007, 06:58 PM
Yes get it now because as good as Leopard is, 10.5.0 will have more issues than 10.4.10 (or .11) by the time Leopard is released.

NelsonX
3rd July 2007, 07:39 PM
You'd think the price would go down given the USD/AUD exchange rate. The price differential on an eqivalent MBP 15" is about $800 dollars.

Any ideas on the differences between US & Aust. MBP?

Makes me want to go to buy a US version and send here. Anyone have experience in doing this.

NelsonX

dev_enter
3rd July 2007, 07:43 PM
You'll have to add GST to the price of the imported machine as customs will most likely hold the machine until you pay it. You'll also need AppleCare if you want to do any warranty claims in Australia. Not to mention you'll need some way of converting the US power adapter to an Australian one, this should be possible with a simple travel adapter.

The prices did go down with the last update to these machines.

iSlayer
3rd July 2007, 07:48 PM
You'll also need AppleCare if you want to do any warranty claims in Australia.

Portables have worldwide warranty out of the box

dev_enter
3rd July 2007, 07:54 PM
So they do... That didn't used to be the case. :)

NelsonX
3rd July 2007, 08:10 PM
I'd definately want local warranty in Australia just in case.

I thinking I could buy the US version - send to cousins address in Atlanta - and ask him to send to Australia. If I could avoid taxes I should be able to save $700+ dollars (depending on exchange).

Not sure whether the hassle is worth it.

NelsonX
3rd July 2007, 08:20 PM
Ok quick Aust./US comparison on a Macbook Pro 15" with the following specs:

- 2.4 Ghz;
- 2Gb ram;
- 160 GB HD, 7200rpm;
- Glossy screen;
- no applecare for the time being;

Total AUD = $3,819
Total USD = $2,649, @ current aust. exchange of 0.85683 = $3,092
Differential = $727
Postage from US to Aust. ~ $100
Saving ~ $600

decisions, decisions

NelsonX

Aladdin
3rd July 2007, 09:13 PM
From US: AUD ($3092 + $100 p&p) + $319 GST = $3507

From Streetwise: AUD $3719 + $10 p&p = $3729 (incl GST)

Is $222 in your pocket worth getting it from US?

Huy
3rd July 2007, 10:03 PM
I think it's a lot higher for postage from US, something like $200 AUD.
Also I think you need to add GST when you buy it in America depending on the state?

Just get it in Australia...

NelsonX
5th July 2007, 06:50 PM
Guys, purchased my MBP last night - and now waiting for it to be delivered (in the next 3 weeks). Can't wait!..

NelsonX

Geoff3DMN
5th July 2007, 07:45 PM
You could get a MacBook pro with the listed specs from Getmac for Price AUD 3589.86

That means the difference could have been as low as $82... I don't see the US option as being that attractive seriously.

Huy
5th July 2007, 08:06 PM
Yeah I agree, waiting 3 weeks is going to be painful.
I'd rather get it in Australia and have it sooner, cheaper if you're a student ($3299?).

hiredgoon
5th July 2007, 08:25 PM
oh. i was just about to say not to get one...
ah well. too late.

NelsonX
5th July 2007, 08:36 PM
I'll ignore hiredgoon..

Well I am a Masters student (but not Full-time).
Any advice for someone who is transfering from a PC? Useful websites?

thanks

NelsonX

hiredgoon
5th July 2007, 08:57 PM
no please dont.

ok i recently did the swap and have not one ounce of regret. google search "mac apps" couple of good ones are istat pro, senuti, appclean, mozodojo, lot of people say adium, but i just use msn, cocothumbx, picturesque, skype, vlc and you control tunes. ALL VERY COOL!

will post more...

Currawong
5th July 2007, 11:18 PM
You're welcome to bug us with all your questions on MacTalk Chat (see the IRC link top left above your name on every page).

DJY
7th July 2007, 08:27 PM
I bought the low end 15" MBP today!
Couldn't justify the $700 for 0.2 GHz + 40GB HD + extra 128 MB video memory

Still moving all my data across - but must admit so far I'm very impressed with it!
Screen is great, speed is amazing (compared to my old PB), and manually putting data across is proving to be fairly easy so far too!