After the rumors that Apple is working on a 14-inch MacBook Air for the Asian market, there is more news about the upcoming upgrade of the MacBook Pro models. According to Digitimes we could see the upgraded MacBook Pro’s already in April of this year, that is, if the new Intel Ivy Bridge processor are available for Apple.
The report claims that the new MacBook Pro models will be even thinner and lighter than the current generation MacBook Pro’s, although it is rather strange that they are continuously referring to the 13-inch and 15-inch Model. These new models should be available for consumers somewhere in April of this year. There is no information about an update for the 17-inch MacBook Pro.
A redesigned 17-inch model is expected to launch slightly later than the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, something which we have seen in the past. However, there could still be a big problem because Intel is having a hard time with the introduction of the Ivy Bridge, the new architecture was first expected to launch at the beginning of this year but got delayed until April and could be delayed again. Apple is expected to make use of this latest generation processors, although it nobody is sure what chips are going to be used in the new generation MacBook Pro’s.
Many probably hope that the 13-inch model will finally be equipped with a quad-core processors, the current 13-inch models are all equipped with a Sandy Bridge dual-core processor. Intel announced that it has developed an UVL (ultra-low-voltage) quad-core processor that only uses 35 Watt, which will also result in a lower operating temperature.
Apple probably won’t have a problem if the chips got delayed until June, because they can simultaneously release the MacBook Pro models with an updated MacBook Air – annually updated in the summer.