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  • MacBook Pro Refresh Possibly Delayed Until Early 2012


    Recently, the folks over at 9to5Mac were claiming that a debut of the updated MacBook Pro models was to likely occur next week. These new MacBook Pros planned on offering a small hardware upgrade that would help carry the line until Intel launched the Ivy Bridge platform next year. The folks over at AppleInsider are reporting however, that the MacBook Pro launch will likely not occur until “early next month.” According to two different sources, the availability of the new models should be expected during the first week of November, but reports of an Intel chip delay are saying otherwise.

    The exact reason for the shift in the launch is unknown, although many think it’s due to the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air aluminum case supplier being forced to temporarily shut down due to pollution concerns. Catcher Technology (the name of the company whose factory is being shut down) previously reported heavy delays in the shipments due to the situation. The folks over at Digitimes are reporting that Catcher is in the process of investing $2 - $3 million towards the plant, hoping to address the concerns and ultimately resume production as early as November.

    Furthermore, the Mac Pro line seems to be seeing some delays as well, possibly being delayed until early 2012 due to a delay in new Intel chips. The folks over at CPU World mentioned the following:

    In September, during Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco, new information came to light implying that Xeon E5 launch is postponed until the first quarter 2012. Indeed, according to the latest Intel roadmaps, all Xeon E5 processors are going to be delayed by one quarter.

    ...

    Xeon E5-2600, also compatible with socket R, is aimed at dual-processor workstations and servers, and contains 17 different dual-, quad-, six- and eight-core models with clock speeds up to 3.3 GHz. Both families will be released in Q1 2012. Despite the delay, there were no changes to E5-1600 and E5-2600 microprocessor line-ups.
    It is expected that Apple will certainly want to take advantage of the Xeon E5-2600 series in the next Mac Pro refresh. They will probably end up waiting for it to be released, so they can implement it into the Mac Pro line refresh.

    With the all of the things currently going on, Apple has also in turn ended up tuning down the production of its current MacBook Pro models, a situation that will probably lead to increasingly tight supplies as we head into the refresh. As of right now, many are already experiencing shortages and running out of stock of the MacBook Pro. Another thing that remains unclear is whether the shortages will spread back to Apple’s own channels, which currently maintain the highest priority for distribution (as expected).

    All in all, if you are in the market, you might have to wait a bit longer to see the Mac Pro and MacBook Pro refresh. This probably doesn’t affect you greatly though, as you are probably already waiting for the refresh to purchase a new Mac Pro or MacBook Pro (who wouldn’t if the line is this close to a product refresh).

    Source: 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, CPU World, Digitimes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MacBook Pro Refresh Possibly Delayed Until Early 2012 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Author, not to be rude, but, go dig yourself under the ground.
      XEON in MacBook Pro? Even more, E5-2xxx series is a DUAL PROCESSOR workstation class. (as is written in your quote of CPU World).
      Are you telling, that MBP's are gonna have two processors with tdp over 100W each? :face palm:
      These CPU's are [probably] what new Mac Pro's gonna receive, not Mac Book Pro's.
      FAIL.

      P.S. It seems that you've mixed up two things. MBP delay because of production plant and the airing of Mac Pro's because of CPU delay on intel side.
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      You were right! Mixed up - info is fixed! Thanks for the catch~
    1. arem's Avatar
      arem -
      Quote Originally Posted by dennder View Post
      Author, not to be rude, but, go dig yourself under the ground.
      XEON in MacBook Pro? Even more, E5-2xxx series is a DUAL PROCESSOR workstation class. (as is written in your quote of CPU World).
      Are you telling, that MBP's are gonna have two processors with tdp over 100W each? :face palm:
      These CPU's are [probably] what new Mac Pro's gonna receive, not Mac Book Pro's.
      FAIL.

      P.S. It seems that you've mixed up two things. MBP delay because of production plant and the airing of Mac Pro's because of CPU delay on intel side.
      Perhaps you should re-read the article...as you are the one here with copious amounts of fail.
    1. mathieuvp's Avatar
      mathieuvp -
      Quote Originally Posted by arem View Post
      Perhaps you should re-read the article...as you are the one here with copious amounts of fail.
      and you should read the other comments.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I have no real input to say in regards to the article. I just can't believe they put up with commenters being so disrespectful.