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'Tight' supplies reinforce likelihood of MacBook Pro update

updated 11:00 am EST, Wed February 24, 2010

Hardware refresh considered overdue

Evidence backs notions of a MacBook Pro update within the next few weeks, according to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu. Distribution supplies are said to be growing short, closer to two to three weeks' worth instead of four to six. While the change could be linked to high demand, Apple is known to let production die down as it prepares to launch new hardware.

At the same time, Intel is believed to be shipping mass quantities of the chips for its next-gen mobile platform, Arrandale. The technology brings Core i3, i5 and i7 processors to notebooks, as well as hyperthreading and 32nm design, the latter of which could increase the battery life of the Pro while modestly shrinking its weight. On top of this Apple is believed to have strong incentive to update the computer, given that the entry-level Pro now has some overlap with the basic MacBook.

New models are expected to ship by the end of the March quarter, or at latest in the June quarter. Wu is calling for shipments of 2.9 million Macs in the former, which would represent a growth of 30 percent. The analyst is holding to a $253 target for Apple stock.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    not march

    or even April. they won't do a laptop on top off the ipad. Not something as major a change as this article suggests. Early to Mid May to kick off the Back to School. that's when it would happen

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Keep the rumor along long enough

    And eventually you will be right. They will have major updates sooner or later.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: not march

    Early to mid May is back to school?

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    two different product lines

    The two support resources don't overlap, so there is not going to be a problem.

    Regardless, Apple is about to make history. A computer that is approaching 9 months old without any update or price adjustments. Mid-May? Forget about it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: Keep the rumor

    That's what they did with the iPhone. And several Mac releases (there was a PPC G5 update that was 'around the corner' for 6 months before it was released, I believe).

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    And here I thought....


    ...the lack of supply was due to the overwhelming demand for Macbook Pros!
    What was I thinking??

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