Some interesting photos have surfaced this morning showing a supposedly updated keyboard layout for the unibody MacBook Pro. The main difference, though subtle, is the inclusion of dedicated home and end keys near the arrow keys.
Macbook Pro News
Those of you that have been tirelessly waiting for Apple’s official Thunderbolt cable to hit needn’t wait any longer. The Apple Store was updated this morning with the new cable, which is 2 meters long, costs $49, and will work with the 2011 iMac or the 2011 MacBook Pro.
Do you have one of the new Thunder-bolt enabled iMacs or MacBook Pros? If so, check your software updates, because Apple has released a new update for all Thunderbolt-enabled Macs to address the stability and performance of the Thunderbolt interface.
A Belkin mini displayport to HDMI adapter will set you back $29.95 from the Apple Store. The price will come to around $33 after delivery is considered. However, if you purchase from eBay you will save up to $20 on your purchase.
Even though we just got new MacBook Pros, the rumors of the next update are upon us, with a new report claiming that the next model will feature a completely redesigned case construction.
The latest update to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is now officially available, and is recommended for all early 2011 MacBook Pro models. In includes a number of fixes, such as improved reliability for Back To My Mac, patches for a few Mac App Store Bugs, graphics stability, and so forth.
The new range of Macbook Pros may luck the same as their 2010 counterparts but the 2011 MBP’s pack a serious punch courtesy of the Sandy Bridge processor updates! The 17″ Macbook Pro with an Intel Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz processor gets a massive 10,164 Geekbench score. That is nearly double the power of the 2010 17″ Intel Core i7 Dual Core score of 5,837.
Today’s MacBook Pro updates seem pretty incredible at face value – similar price points, quad-core processors on the 15 and 17 inch version, the inclusion of the incredible new ThunderBolt i/o port, etc. We discuss a few reasons why the upgrade may not be so critical for many users.
Everyone’s favorite ex-Army Apple technology aficionado, Solider Knows Best, has posted a video review of the new Macbook Pro range and OS X Lion. He gives the run down on the tech specs and highlights some cool new features of Lion.
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 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 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.
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.