Next-Gen Apple MacBook Pro’s Expected in March: Report

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.”

For more, read the eWeek article: New Apple MacBook Pro Notebooks May Arrive in March: Report.

CIO Insight Staff
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