updated 01:45 pm EST, Tue February 5, 2008
Apple and Dell Penryn Soon
Both Apple and Dell are likely to release notebooks based on Intel's Penryn 45 nanometer processors at or near the same time, according to multiple reports. While HP has been one of the quickest major PC builders to adopt the new Core 2 Duo variants for its upgraded Pavilions, a new claim by CNET suggests Dell will announce its own speed increases within a week. Exact changes were not provided, though the report suggests the updates are most likely to arrive first for high-end XPS notebooks rather than the lower-cost Inspiron line.
The news comes as reports from AppleInsider and elsewhere point to a mid-February update to Apple's MacBook Pro line with the new processors, which should allow higher clock speeds at similar or greater clock speeds while potentially boosting battery life. These reports have also pointed to a multi-touch trackpad similar to that from the MacBook Air. Prices are likely to remain the same as for today's models.