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MacBook Pro refresh due on April 13th?

updated 10:30 am EDT, Thu April 8, 2010

MacBook Air update uncertain

Apple will finally update the MacBook Pro on April 13th, a source claims. While the person's identity is being kept secret, the source is described as "familiar with Apple product cycles and inventory levels." Every Pro model is expected to receive new hardware, though exact specifications are have not been mentioned. The MacBook Air may also see a refresh, but this is not guaranteed; like the Pro, the Air was last upgraded in June 2009.

New Pro configurations have been anticipated for some time, to the extent that they could be considered overdue by Apple's usual schedule. The company may already have plenty to promote however, namely iPhone 4.0 and the iPad, the latter of which has yet to roll out internationally or in a 3G version. The source adds that an April 24th international iPad launch is "likely," but not known to him/her personally.

The new Pros are widely predicted to switch to Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. They may also gain an extra hour of battery life in some cases, and options for 640GB hard disks or 256GB SSDs. A shortage of processors on Intel's end may be to blame for the refresh delay.






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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    please...

    Just put back the damn expresscard slot in the 15".

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Matte Displays

    Images pros are a significant (and opinion leading) market segment. Hence availability of matte displays is important.

    Personally I prefer 17" or larger anyway, so matte and EC slot are likely. And if SSD is priced fairly it may revolutionize performance/value.

    As long as we are wishing let's have the capability to add lots of RAM. :)

    -Allen

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    displays

    Yep, forgot about the display. That too. My PC laptop with 'glossy' is a freakin' mirror in sunlight.

    And I might prefer 17" laptop, except I don't prefer paying an extra $1000 for it.

    And I find it funny that the 15" "Pro" model has an SD card slot, but that "Pros" using the 17" model don't get that. I guess it would add to much to the price.

  1. udecker

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    displays

    funny, but if they released a 19" or 20" (which Dell has done), I'd scoop that up immediately.

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