Any Rumours yet for the Ivy Bridge (and possibly redesigned) Macbook Pro?

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macrumors 65816
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Sep 11, 2008
It seems rather quiet on the rumour front about the new Macbook Pro. If mobile Ivy Bridge is launching April/May as it is scheduled to, then the new Macbook Pro's should be around at the same time (as happened last year in Feb with Sandy bridge).

With sandy bridge there was buckets of hype and rumour to read that started a year ahead of the launch. Yet this model which is supposed (hoped) to be an exciting redesign has very few bits of info floating round about it.

Will any wishes come true?

no CD drive?
bigger battery (from CD drive space)?
amd GPU (oh god please not Nvidia)?


macrumors 65816
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Sep 11, 2008
(thanks for the links)

Thats the thing. The chip is the bit that isn't secret, intel pretty much tell everyone what they are going to get and when they are going to get it. Its the other stuff, the exciting stuff thats all quiet :

is this a redesign?
are they finally ditching the optical drive?
will we get an SSD + HD setup?

The only thing I have seen was the post about the possible retina display in the 15"

I know rumours are just rumours but it was great fun reading all the stuff that came out last year before the launch.
-liquid metal cases
-hybrid SSD
-quad core, will they won't they
-amd graphics
-removal of OD
Just seems a bit quieter this time.
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macrumors 68030
Oct 19, 2011
Not so many rumors currently. There are just tons of speculation threads.

Ivy Bridge seems to be clear. Late last year rumors about a thin 15'' Macbook emerged, and made people believe that there will be a redesign of the MBP. More recently high-resolution retina displays where brought into the game.

I'm not aware of other rumors that at least made the front page.


macrumors member
Feb 24, 2011
Don't think we will see a complete redesign, maybe a light facelift.

-CPU Upgrade ... SURE
-GPU Upgrade ... Maybe if ATI gets there 28nm GPUs out in time, same with nVidia

Those shrinks will bring a lot of improvement for battery lifetime.

Yeah other rumors like:

-Dropping OpticalDiscDrive ... 50%
-SSD only ... 20 %
-Retina Display ... 10%
-LiquidMetal case ... 5%
-Carbonfiber case ... 2%
-BlueRay Drive ... 0%


macrumors 68040
Dec 5, 2009
I guess the op is right. If there was a big redesign with a retina display there most likely would be some rumors. There are always some rumors.
The lack probably means that the likelihood of a big redesign ist very low (<33%). Same as a retina displays. I think for such displays the manufacturing isn't there yet that is still a year out. It is one thing to do it for a 10" ipad 3, quite another for a 15/17" MBP. IPS screens might be cheaper to produce and they are very pricy options on the few notebooks you can have them.
I put retina displays lower than Fofofo 5% chance.

IB CPU 100%
28nm GPU 95%
hybrid SSD 70%
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