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  • Sandy Bridge Chips Ship Feb. 20; New MacBook Pro in March?


    Intel announced yesterday that it would start shipment of its next generation Series 6 processors for laptops on February 20th. Shipment of chips based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture had been delayed by a problem discovered at the end of January that impacts the performance of SATA devices. As it's generally accepted that the 2011 MacBook Pro will use the laptop version of these chips - which do not have the error - the news that shipment of new Core i5 and i7 processors will proceed on schedule adds credence to recent reports that a MacBook Pro refresh is coming as early as next month.

    Intel had disclosed the issue on January 31, and announced that it was halting shipments of all Sandy Bridge Core processors until the extent of the problem had been determined. The flaw in the serial ATA controller on the first batch of Sandy Bridge chips shipped - quad-core processors codenamed Cougar Point - would eventually degrade performance on SATA hard disks and optical drives. The company stated on Monday that the dual-core line was unaffected and would begin shipping as planned on February 20.

    The MacBook Pro was last refreshed in April of last year, and so is widely expected to receive a speed bump. Additionally, rumors have been around since last year suggesting that the "instant-on" solid state drive technology from the MacBook Air - described by Steve Jobs as "the future of notebooks" - would find its way to the MacBook Pro in 2010. The Three Guys and a Podcast Blog, which correctly predicted the MacBook Air in September 2010, suggested that an "all-out redesign" including 512 MB SSDs and Light Peak optical connectors would debut by April.

    Reports of tightening inventory at third party retailers supports the idea that a refresh is coming soon. Also, a recent leak from Best Buy's inventory system showed a new MacBook Pro with an availability date of March 11, though many observers have noted that Best Buy's dates are usually a few days off, and are based on "guesses" rather than hard information from Apple. The leak also showed the new 13-inch model with the same $1,199 price as the current model.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sandy Bridge Chips Ship Feb. 20; New MacBook Pro in March? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Awesome. If they include an SSD too it should be a significant speed boost.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Oh please. Apple doesn't release new hardware just because its there. They grind old hardware into the ground and what they call upgrades is usually 2 generation old tech.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Awesome. Can't wait for the upgrade after this one, Ivy Bridge is going to be incredibly fast and will support USB 3! Maybe we'll see an HDMI port in this next model with possible SSD as the standard. The next couple of MBP's are going to be sweet!
    1. sergo0329's Avatar
      sergo0329 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Oh please. Apple doesn't release new hardware just because its there. They grind old hardware into the ground and what they call upgrades is usually 2 generation old tech.
      Yep i am totally agree!!! guys look at the macbook pro last year with Core 2 Duo, even though core i5 and i7 was long before that, and even now, original macbook still has the core 2 duo processor!!!!
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Paul, I almost didn't even read the article. Why? Because I'm poor, and you have taunted me with goodness.
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      A big clue that the new line of Mac's will include Sandy Bridge CPUs is that OS X has drivers for Sandy Bridge.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      ug i just bought a new mbp core i7
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I want that new MBP!
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      Damn, i just sold my 2010 13 inch thinking on getting a 15 inch core i5... I guess im gonna wait til march just in case
    1. eman297's Avatar
      eman297 -
      well at least i have my core 2 duo :P
    1. justin7942163's Avatar
      justin7942163 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      ug i just bought a new mbp core i7
      Just return it mate.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      I want one of those processors!!!!!


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    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by sergo0329 View Post
      Yep i am totally agree!!! guys look at the macbook pro last year with Core 2 Duo, even though core i5 and i7 was long before that, and even now, original macbook still has the core 2 duo processor!!!!
      The 15 and 17 have had it
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I am ready to upgrade my MBP! Hopefully we know something soon
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Seriously, who comes up with the name Sand Bridge?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I am ready to upgrade my MBP! Hopefully we know something soon
      You always are lol
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      You always are lol
      With Apple you've got to be ready year round lol!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yes I am
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Oh please. Apple doesn't release new hardware just because its there. They grind old hardware into the ground and what they call upgrades is usually 2 generation old tech.
      Could you imagine if Apple actually put the latest Technologies into their laptops!

      They'd be worth MILLIONS..
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Yes I am
      thats a true apple fan, i aspire to be like you

      but these new macbooks should be sweet, cant wait to try one out