Apple's next generation of MacBook pro notebooks may receive an introduction in as soon as two weeks' time, Apple Insider is reporting, following tips from a number of unnamed sources. This March time frame would reportedly put Apple just a few weeks behind its planned schedule, according to the site, following delays caused by flaws found in Intel's new "Sandy Bridge" processors.
On Jan. 31, Intel officials announced that they were recalling their 6-Series chipset, known as "Cougar Point," though they had located the problem and were beginning to manufacture new chipsets with the repair in place. By Feb. 7, the chipmaker said it had resumed shipments of the chipsets to PC makers whose device configurations were not affected by the issue found on the 6-Series chipset. Among those systems makers was Apple, according to a Feb. 16 report from Taiwan-based DigiTimes.
"Apple is normally slower in upgrading its notebook products to the latest platform and is currently still using Calpella for most of its PC models; as a result, the company has completely avoided the impact," the site reported.
Apple Insider sources added that the move to the Sandy Bridge architecture wouldn't be the only major highlight of the new lineup. Apple's latest line of MacBook Air notebooks, introduced in October 2010, took design cues from the iPhone and iPad -- which had been influenced by Mac designs, bringing Apple's design cues full circle -- and so feature instant-on capabilities and SSD (solid-state disk) drives instead of hard drives, and keep things light by doing without optical drives. Such features, states the report, are expected to "become more prevalent in many of the models planned for future design cycles over the next 12 to 18 months."
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