updated 01:30 am EDT, Tue June 5, 2007
Apple preps laptop update
Apple is preparing to update its MacBook Pro lineup as well as launch its annual Back to School Promo, according to various online reports (although not yet reflected by the traditional "We'll be back soon" at the Apple online store). The announcements, which could come as early as Tuesday morning, include new MacBook Pro models featuring Intel's new Santa Rosa mobile architecture, which brings faster chip speeds and better energy management features as well as feature new LED screen technology that will bring improved notebook battery life and displays that will maintain their initial levels of brightness longer. Many reports indicate that the new laptop models will feature more memory (2GB of RAM), slightly faster chips (2.2GHz and 2.4GHz), and faster graphics cards (NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with either 128MB or 256MB of RAM), but however, will maintain the same drive configurations (120GB and 160GB), according to AppleInsider.
As with most of Apple's product updates, the Cupertino-based company is expected to keep the same price points of $1,999, $2,499, and $2,799, the report said.
In addition, reports indicate that Apple is readying its annual Back to School promotion that will offer a $199 rebate on the purchase of an iPod nano or iPod video with the purchase a qualified Mac system (iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro). The promotion is expected to be available to qualified students and faculty.