It’s the worst kept secret ever. But the brand spankin’ new Macbook Pros have finally arrived. The 13″ model starts from $1,199, the 15″ from $1,799, and the 17″ from a massive $2,499.
Speculation abounds about Apple’s new Light Peak-based Thunderbolt technology. In this article, we speculate about what the inclusion of ThuderBolt I/O could mean for modern and future Macs.
According to Engadget (via MacRumors, fscklog, and Mac4Ever), Light Peak will likely be coming to MacBook Pro’s on Thursday, branded as ThunderBold I/O. This information is derived from a supposedly leaked specification printout for the new 13″ MacBook Pro, as well as a picture of the port on a 13″ chassis.
Could there be a bigger leak? Probably not. It’s crazy how much is already known about the new Macbook Pro range. Check inside for an image showing the full spec of the 13″ model and images of the larger trackpad and the new high speed data/display port “Thunderbolt”.
An anonymous source has provided us with reliable information to indicate that Thursday’s MacBook Pro models will include an embedded SSD, as well as retaining the optical drive as standard. In addition, units are rumors to keep the aluminum unibody enclosure.
According to AppleInsider, Apple is telling some stores to expect to receive a sealed package that is not to be opened until instructed. The package is said to possible contain new MacBook Pros, and possibly refreshed iMac models.
According to a report from CNET, Apple may soon be expected to announce their implementation of Intel’s Light Peak high-speed data technology. Rumors are abound that is technology may be incorporated into the upcoming new range of Macbooks.
According to reports from MacRumors and 9to5Mac, the long-anticipated update of the MacBook Pro line will occur on February 24th, which incidentally happens to be Steve Job’s birthday! Both sites give a date and list some model numbers of the new lineup, however 9t05Mac has gained some further insights, listing Best Buy skus and pricing information as well.
With all of the recent discussion about SSD’s, and whether maybe even MacBook Pro’s may be getting them in the future, I began to ask myself the “SSD Question.” Will this really speed up my Mac? And if so, how significant would the increase be – enough to justify the cost? It was in that realm of thinking that I decided to jump in feet-first and give an SSD a try – and not just any SSD, an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro – often said to be one of the best SSD’s currently available.
With more and more sites claiming that a MacBook Pro refresh will occur some time in March, with many sites claiming either March 1st or Early March, it seems unlikely that they are all wrong. In fact, when so many rumors from various sources agree, it starts to look more and more like a controlled leak – almost as if Apple wants the info out there, so we can limber up our wallets for the occasion.
We have received exclusive information from a source claiming to be an insider in the manufacturing process of the upcoming MacBook and MacBook Pro models. Our source provided quite a bit of specific information about the upcoming Apple notebook models. Here’s what was divulged (and you got it here first!)
Last year Apple released a major update to an old dog in the Mac line, the Macbook Air. The new unibody case, high resolution display, solid-state drive and design tweaks brought about a huge swathe in change that ignited a…
CultofMac Reports that the upcoming MacBook Pro refresh may occur on March 1st, having obtained their information from a Danish blogger named Kenneth Lund, who obtained the information from Danish retailers. It’s clearly still in the stage of high speculation, but it seems that Lund’s projection may be plausible. It’s aggressive, to say the least, as Intel will only begin shipping their repaired Sandy Bridge chipsets on February 20th, but assuming that everything else is polished, and it’s just a matter of installing logic boards into casings, this just might be a date to look forward to.
According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple may be doubling their initial production for certain “hot-selling” MacBook models. The report claims that Apple’s Asian manufacturing partners have seen orders for popular MacBook models as much as double, while shipments of notebooks to other brand-name vendors have failed to meet expectations.
The report goes on to make a number of further claims, however the real essence of the report is that while other makers of notebook computers are seeing declining sales, the opposite is true of Apple, who is in fact ramping up production in response to extremely successful sales.
Good News, Everyone! According to a report from AppleInsider, the actual delays caused to the MacBook Pro refresh by the faulty Sandy Bridge chipsets should be quite minor. In fact, their source claims that it should only delay the refresh by about two weeks.
Also according to the report, one person familiar with the matter told AppleInsider that some, but not all, of the upcoming MacBook Pro models were effected by the delay. According to this source, Apple elected to make minor tweaks to the logic boards of the affected models, but the actual changes would translate to an actual delay of less than two weeks.
According to a report from CNET, Apple’s Macbook Air, though recently updated, will be receiving a June refresh to include Intel’s latest Sandy Bridge line of processors. The report does not mention any further upgrades to the line, although I would suspect such upgrades as increased SSD sizes, and perhaps more RAM. According to the report, this knowledge has come from a source “familiar with Apple’s plans.”