Apple Reportedly Plans to Refresh MacBook Pro Line This Month

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News Posted: Wed, Sep 14 2011 2:38 PM
All the attention is on Microsoft right now as the tech world tunes in to see what Windows 8 and its funky Metro UI is all about. Maybe that's not sitting right with Apple, who'd prefer to hog the limelight for itself. If that's the case, it would make perfect sense to refresh its MacBook Pro line this month, as is rumored to be the case.

Citing "people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans," AppleInsider reports Apple is hot-to-trot with refreshed MacBook Pro models later this month rather than waiting for Intel's next generation Core i mobile processors to appear in the second quarter of 2012.

It's unclear what parts Apple is planning to shove into new MacBook Pro models, though it's worth mentioning Intel recently introduced a handful of new Core i7 processors, including:
  • Core i7 2960XM: Quad-core, 2.7GHz, 8MB cache, $1,096
  • Core i7 2860QM: Quad-core, 2.5GHz, 8MB cache, $568
  • Core i7 2760QM: Quad-core, 2.4GHz, 6MB cache, $378
  • Core i7 2640M: Dual-core, 2.8GHz, 4MB cache, $346
Currently the fastest processor available on 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models is a Core i7 2820QM (quad-core, 2.3GHz, 8MB cache), while the 13-inch model is available with a Core i5 dual-core chip clocked at 2.3GHz or a Core i7 dual-core part clocked at 2.7GHz.
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LLeCompte replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 4:01 PM

so they basically will refresh with bumped clocked speeds? hmmmmmmm.

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AKwyn replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 5:06 PM

well... it's obvious they need to get Intel's new processors in there and/or any amount of new technology that has been released in the last few months. I mean they wouldn't be Apple if they didn't do a refresh would they?


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omegadraco replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 10:25 PM

@Taylor I tend to think they would be more Apple if they waited for the next set of Intel processors.. At least in my experience I have not seen them refresh their Macbook lines nearly as often as so many other manufactures. It would seem that they refresh them only about once every 4-6 months or so.

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rrplay replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 9:21 AM

Well Apple has to do something if they think the Macbook is gong to hang with the newer laptops that we are likely to be seeing from Asus and others very, very soon .Has anyone actually looked at the Macbook lately with all the sweet ones we have been seeing lately from Asus Maingear MSI & others ? .

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