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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Apple Begins Shipping MacBook Pro, Screws Early Adopters

Apple PR:
Apple this week will begin shipping the new 15-inch MacBook Pro notebook computer featuring the new Intel Core Duo processor which delivers up to four times the performance of the PowerBook G4, a built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing on-the-go and the breakthrough Front Row media experience with Apple Remote. All models of the new MacBook Pro will ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors than previously announced, delivering even greater performance at no additional cost. The $2,499 model now includes a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.83 GHz, and will begin shipping this week. The $1,999 model now includes a 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from the previously announced 1.67 GHz, and will begin shipping next week. In addition, customers may now upgrade to a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo processor as a build-to-order option on the Apple Online Store.
Related: Me, in Connected Home:
That's fantastic, but early adopters are getting screwed out of the best news: Apple is now offering a 2.16 GHz chip in a special build-to-order option. So if you preordered a MacBook Pro on the day they were announced, like a good Apple doobie, you'll get a free CPU upgrade, but not the best CPU offering. Sorry, sycophants.
Someone had to say it.

Update: Apple is, in fact, offering customers the chance to change existing preorders, but adding that option will further delay shipment (many MacBook Pro preorders have already been significantly delayed past their original shipment date). My guess is that the only machines actually shipping now are the stock models with no build-to-order options.
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