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February 23, 2011 - Dave Hecei
It shouldn't be long before we see updated laptops and a new iPad. Yes, nothing has been officially announced, but there are plenty of signs pointing to new MacBooks (probably just the 15 and 17-inch models) coming soon. The iPad is mainly just a guess, but there are just too many sightings of possible iPad 2s. If not actual pre-production models at least there are plenty of purported iPad 2 cases and covers out there.
Since Intel officially released their latest versions of the Core i5 and i7, code-named Sandy Bridge, and MacBook Pro 15s are getting harder to find in stock, the air is quite a buzz with immanent MBP updates. It is unlikely that the next MBPs will have any significant changes, except for processor and possibly video. The new chips are said to be a nice step up from the previous generation. If you just bought the current MBP 15 or 17 then I wouldn't worry too much about it, yours is still plenty fast enough for anything you are doing. If you have one of the first unibody models, and especially if yours is even older, then this update will be of interest.
As for the next iPad, which may or may not be called iPad 2, will likely have cameras installed... finally. It probably won't have a higher resolution screen, but it could possibly have a new processor. The next generation in iOS processors is reported to be a dual-core type processor. It is rumored to be based on a dual-core ARM Cortex CPU. If the next iPad, and likely the next iPhone, has this chip, mobile computing power will jump significantly. Could it possibly be able to run Adobe Flash well enough for Apple to allow it on the iPad? Hmmm.
MacBook Pros could be here as early as March 1st. The next iPad, if Apple uses the same yearly update schedule as the iPhones, will be here the beginning of April.
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