How to handle the new Macbook Pro?


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Apple has released the latest Macbook Pro with some notable improvements:

  • 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn processors
  • Macbook Air style large, multi-touch trackpad
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT GPU

source: http://gizmodo.com/360753/macbook-pro-now-with-penryn-processors-multitouch-trackpad

Ok, so here's my issue. I want to update the wiki with the new information, but I'm not sure to either A) updated the existing Macbook Pro report, or B) create a new Macbook Pro report, and support some sort of versioning (gen1, gen2, etc..) This is a fairly common with other products like this (Apple is annoying for not update model numbers and names, IMO)

A) Update

Pros:

  • aggregates common information into one report
  • less work
  • don't have to worry about coming up with artificial titling convention

Cons:

  • can be confusing (which macbook are we talking about?)
  • we're combining legacy, out-of-date information with the latest, up-to-datest
  • linking to reviews, images can be confusing

B) New

Pros:

  • maps more closely to how the "real" world works (the new macbook pro is different than previous)
  • reviews, gallery, comments are specific to the specific generation of product

Cons:

  • more work
  • less reuse of common information across reports

Suggestions? I lean in favour of creating a new report in this case. The form factor has changed enough to make it worthy of a new page.

 

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For the Macbook Pros I'd go with a new report since they're using a different core architecture and are adding the multitouch pad.

For the regular Macbooks I'd just update the existing report since the only change is more RAM by default, a higher clocked processor by default, and more hard drive space by default. The regular Macbooks are using the same architecture and form factor it seems.

In the case of the MBPs I recommend renaming the current MBP report to include version/generation information. And have the NEW report be called just "Apple Macbook Pro". That way the "Apple Macbook Pro" report always refers to the current version that is in production, and we maintain the archived info on previous generations that is easily accessible.

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I agree with Omar. Additionally, if part of the report on the old MacBook could be copied and pasted into the new report that could save work, and would be acceptable in this case. Apple's really annoying with the updates.

I like the renaming the old stuff to have generation information.

*Just had a crazy idea. If many of the pro's/con's are the same for the new Macbook Pro, then edit the old report to have the new information, and create a new report for the old Macbook. That's kinda confusing, so if you don't get it, read it again slower.

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I really want to say keep the MacBook Pros in the same article. I'm always thinking about this because of cells, but cells don't get nearly as much coverage, so often, it's less of an issue.

But the thing that does it for me in this case is that it will be unclear which pictures are the new and old gens. This is especially important with the latest revision because of the larger trackpad. I can see that being a deciding factor for some people (cause it's so damn awesome), so we need to be as clear as possible.

I agree with DUIU about the MacBook.

PS. To those of you who haven't gotten to use the MacBook Air's trackpad yet; it's amazing.

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I have to disagree with you guys on making the old MacBook report into the new one. Mainly because the pros and cons that were voted on, plus any comments, don't apply. It's not an accurate picture of people's experience with the product. I prefer the "generations" naming convention.

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You've confirmed what I was thinking. I've gone ahead and started the Apple Macbook Pro report to reflect only this new Penryn-based generation. I've renamed the previous-generation to Apple Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo (taking my cues from the Wikipedia timeline).

When it's time for this generation to be superceded by the inevitable upgrade we can call it something like Apple Macbook Pro Penryn or something similar.

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Text removed due to spam. Nice try.

This post was edited by dialupinternetuser on 3/07/2008 5:16 PM

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