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New MacBook Pros Soon?
February 15, 2010 - Dave Hecei
The iPad has been announced, but not shipping for another month and a half. There are some rumors out there about what’s next from Apple. The best guess is that there should be an update to the MacBook Pro notebook computers.
The Mac Pro tower uses the new Intel Core i7 chips. The high-end iMac uses the Core i5 or Core i7. The next step is to have the MacBook Pro switch over to the just announced Intel Arrandale processors.
The Arrandale line of processors includes the Core i3, i5, and i7 in a smaller and lower power mobile version. I’m no chip engineer and don’t have the ability to test and benchmark these things, but if you check out some of the tech sites like pcper.com, anandtech.com, and tomshardware.com you will find plenty of information on Intel processors.
The Arrandale chip is the successor to the very successful, and powerful, Core 2 Duo line. The new chips are manufactured using the 35nm (nanometer) manufacturing process (the Core 2 is 45nm). You would expect that these new processors would be faster than previous ones, and it is. The surprise is that it is a very decent increase at similar clock speeds.
Apple has not announced any new MacBooks with the Core ix processors, but there have been plenty of reports that new models are coming. Reports online have found that Apple has supposedly removed certain MacBook Pro models off of current inventory lists. This usually indicates that new models are coming, but it does not indicate when it will happen or what will be replacing it.
This report is more for anyone looking to buy a new MacBook Pro in the next few days. If you can wait a few weeks, it may be worth holding off if there are new Arrandale models coming.
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