As of yesterday afternoon, I’m now the official owner of the new MacBook Pro 15.4″ Intel core i7 computer. YEAH! I have been waiting since November for a new computer. As much as I loved my previous MacBook Pro, it just wasn’t functioning at the speed I needed to handle my new found interest in photo editing. My hard disk space wasn’t sufficient, my RAM power wasn’t sufficient and my battery wasn’t what it used to be. That said I still was able to do everything else that I needed to do and the computer never “really” failed me before.
I had first went to Simply Computing, where I purchased my initial MacBook Pro 4 years ago, and was hoping to be able to pick up my computer on a payment plan as before. I went through all the paper work, got approved for a new Simply Computing card, and walked away from the store with the hopes of a new computer coming in the next few days for me to pick up. Alas the next morning I was called by the store to tell me that unfortunately their rules for payment plan had changed and they could only allow a payment plan for 12 months on a maximum of $2,000. Now the computer itself is over $2200 before taxes and I couldn’t come up with the difference (including Applecare). So I had to sadly cancel the order.
Russ, knowing how much I had wanted a new computer, took it upon himself to visit Future Shop and inquire about payment plan. He took out a card on the spot was told that he could place the computer on a payment plan with no problem, and get this, even with a cheaper administration fee than Simply Computing was offering. I had told him to go ahead and order the computer on Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon Future Shop had called during my lunch break and we quickly went to the store to pick it up.
When I first took the computer out of the box, it felt bigger than mine for some reason. I couldn’t place why it felt more like a 17″ computer. When I placed it side by side to my older MacBook Pro, it was a few fractions of an inch bigger, but not by much.
I was told to use the Migration tool in the Mac OS to transfer my files and I tried to do it wirelessly, but alas for some reason my computer wouldn’t recognize the other on the network. Since I had performed a backup via Time Capsule a few days ago I used that as my migration of files. It took only about an hour to have the files transferred, but I didn’t notice anything differently. I began to delete some program files I didn’t want anymore; such as my Canon Utility programs that came with my camera. When I went to empty out my trash can, the computer began to delete over 16,000 files. I began to panic a bit as I wasn’t sure what it was deleting. I left it to complete the deletion and I would look at it afterwards in the morning to see if the computer was ok.
This morning I restarted my computer and just as it came up, it had the dashboard as my old MacBook Pro. All my items were as it was. YEAH!
So I’ve been tweaking it a bit today and I’m not finding anything out of place or not functioning. I’m so happy with it right now. I’m enjoying the speed of it. Things are loading much faster and programs are working nicely including Aperture 3 which I’ll be using more regularly moving forward.
This weekend I will strip my older MacBook Pro and install Snow Leopard OS to it and sell it.