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  • New MacBook Pros FINALLY About to Drop?


    Based on a leak from someone at MicroCenter, there's increasing confidence that the long-awaited refresh of the MacBook Pro line is imminent. Featuring new Apple part numbers, the inventory database screenshot shows MacBook Pros in "Good," "Better" and "Best" trim levels that - if the leak actually pans out as the real thing - would indicate a price drop for the new top-of-the-line 17" model.

    After the online inventory system at MicroCenter was updated last night, staffers began leaking screen shots all over the internet. Showing new Apple part numbers that represent Good, Better and Best models, the new inventory items would appear to align with MicroCenter's existing three 15-inch and single 17-inch MacBook Pro offerings. The new entry-level MacBook Pro would cost $100 more at $1,799, but the top 15-inch model would be $2,199 and the one 17-inch model gets $200 cheaper at $2,299. The "Better" MacBook Pro would remain $1,999.

    This refresh should finally bring Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors to the MacBook Pro line. The 32nm die-shrink of the current 45nm "Nehalem" architecture, the new "Arrandale" chips should have comparable clock speeds to the existing Core 2 Duos used in MacBook Pros but feature much improved performance. It's possible that the top of the line may include a hIgh-end NVIDIA 300M card, which supports Optimus graphics switching technology. Optimus would allow switching from the integrated Intel graphics to an external graphics card without requiring you to log out and log back in.

    The rumor mill has the new models coming tomorrow. Apple is - of course - refusing comment on the matter.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New MacBook Pros FINALLY About to Drop? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      hmmm... 13" MBP update?
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's expansive. Look like they only updated the 15' and 17' macbook pro
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I could use a new MBP!
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      I was think of getting a new 17 macbook pro anywas so i wait for the update.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I want a 13in. That was their best selling laptop anyway. I doubt that they would discontinue it though. Can't wait for tomorrow to see though.

      Macrumors is reporting that apple stores are not allowed to place any MBP orders and have been told to prepare for like 16 palets that are arriving tomorrow or Wednesday.
    1. Kil0111's Avatar
      Kil0111 -
      so does this mean there will be no update on the 13''?
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I believe it just mean that it wasn't leaked like the others. Aplenty would be crazy to discontinue their best selling laptop (info per their website)
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      I suppose if you wanted to pay three times what you should on the hardware this would be exciting news.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      can you get a computer that runs osx, has4 gigs of ram, and an i7 processor for $700? thought not.....
    1. nickname0695's Avatar
      nickname0695 -
      I'm guessing that apple is having wondering how they're going to keep the high end 13" on par in terms of gfx without implementing a dedicated card. The integrated arrandale gpu is sufficient for hd playback, but i doubt its gaming performance compares much to the 9400m.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      ^ hope not. I want a 13in tomorrow. maybe i'll buy a 15in. It would be better for my home recording studio......
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Dang! I could use an upgrade, but it is so expensive!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I want to upgrade my June 2009 15" model but I don't have the money as I need it for the new iPhone
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      yesss i have been waiting i hope it's tomorrow then i can laugh at my sister her computer just broke so i converted her to macs so she bought a new macbook pro yesterday haha i've been waiting to update my macbook to a 15 in pro finally it's here hopefully then i can laugh at her for buying her's two days before they were updated
    1. Classick's Avatar
      Classick -
      Quote Originally Posted by SquareWheel View Post
      I suppose if you wanted to pay three times what you should on the hardware this would be exciting news.
      Lol why are all Windows users so bitter in regards to Apple products?

      I've been anxiously waiting for a MBP update, so if these rumors are true then all is well.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Classick View Post
      Lol why are all Windows users so bitter in regards to Apple products?

      I've been anxiously waiting for a MBP update, so if these rumors are true then all is well.
      Not sure but all the Apple hardware that I have had lasts for years and still sells for a high price. So the reliablilty and resale make them even nicer than they already are.

      Tried to sell my pc and did not get nearly the return amount as my Apple items did.
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Always good news
    1. rajunic's Avatar
      rajunic -
      FINALLY......Apple Store is Updating! Hope my wait is going to end......
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Heck yes!!! Aple store is updating!!!
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      Apple store site is down being upgraded ....This is Luis reporting for MMI