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Apple May Processor Bump MacBook Pros in 2011

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AppleInsider claims that Apple may be bumping the processors of the MacBook Pros before the end of this year, but will make no other changes to the notebooks.
According to people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans, the late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh will deliver marginal speed bumps to the notebooks' Core i-Series of Sandy Bridge processors but will otherwise introduce no material changes over the existing models.
Intel recently introduced 16 new Sandy Bridge processors, some of which could be used in the current generation MacBook Pros.

Last year, Apple quietly added a high end 2.8GHz Core i7 option to the MacBook Pros in late October. So, the move is not without precedent, though last year it was offered only as a built-to-order option and not an across the board upgrade.

Article Link: Apple May Processor Bump MacBook Pros in 2011
 

seamer

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Well, that kinda blows for the early 2011 MBP crowd... And yes, that includes me...
 
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Cjm1

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Oh for gods sake Apple just hurry up and redesign it! it looks outdated now and plus the current models are crap :apple:
 
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wikus

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Well, that kinda blows for the early 2011 MBP crowd... And yes, that includes me...

Its september now. I can't see how people can really complain so much or be annoyed. I also dont see this kind of crybaby behaviour on the PC side, and if Mac users were to be using custom built computers, they'd be depressed all year round; new technology emerges ALL the time.

I just got a 2011 MacBook Pro... this doesnt bother me much. It won't be a huge improvement anyway.
 
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cms2

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Hope this isn't true. I've really been looking forward to a MBP redesign. I would really like to see something like the Air - Pro hybrid body design some earlier rumors had pointed to.
 
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funkright

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Umm..

isn't a processor upgrade sorta logical in the medium to long term :confused: I am thinking this usually happens :rolleyes: and I get to enjoy my current Early 2011 for another 5 years anyways :D
 
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ls1dreams

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When are the first models with ivy bridge coming out?

I have a MBP for work right now, and was very close to buying one in the latest release, but two things are holding me back that should probably be addressed by then:

1. Heat. The current sandy bridge MBP's get ridiculously hot. My fans spin up constantly making the laptop sound cheap. Hoping 22nm vs. 32nm helps with this.

2. Poor integrated graphics - hoping that intel/nvidia or someone else can work things out for a real chip.

Other things on my wishlist, but not quite as important:
- IPS panel !!!
- USB3 would also be a welcome addition, as I just don't see USB going away anytime soon, and USB2 is becoming painfully slow on large file transfers.
 
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gorskiegangsta

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"According to people with proven insight into Apple's future product plans..." give me a break. They must've just seen Intel announce their processor roadmap whereas Ivy Bridge availability was pushed back to 2nd half of 2012. In this case, it is more logical for Apple to update the Pro line again in 2011 with newer Sandy Bridge processors and subsequently release the Ivy Bridge Pros in Summer 2012.
 
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mwayne85

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My guess is they'll take the two quad i7 QMs and make them extra BTO options. I highly doubt they'll put out a full refresh until Ivy Bridge.
 
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CIA

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The full article basically says Apple is only doing this (if they do) because the ivy bridge parts are delayed until first half 2012. If they don't, by the time ivy bridge actually ships, the MBP will be super outdated. This bump would just be to bring the line up to the current processors until the ivy bridge chips ship.
 
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gorskiegangsta

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Oh for gods sake Apple just hurry up and redesign it! it looks outdated now and plus the current models are crap :apple:

Ah yes, the current models are so ugly and slow compared to nonexisting, supposedly to be redesigned, Ivy-Bridge models :rolleyes:

Oh wait, this is you in 2012, talking crap about the Ivy-Bridge models because the newer, better, sexier Haswell MBP models are about to be released.
Am I not a prophet :rolleyes:
 
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amac4me

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If Apple releases "Late 2011" MacBook Pro models that bump the processor specs, I would imagine that the machines would also bump the following to place them in line with the recently released MacBook Air and Mac mini:

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • OS X Lion recovery partition
 
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commander.data

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I'm guessing it'll wait until just after the back-to-school sale finishes which is too bad for me. They also really need a 2.5" 750GB 7200rpm HDD option. Considering they already offer the drive with the Mac Mini, adding it as an option for the MacBook Pro shouldn't be hard.
 
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jnpy!$4g3cwk

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Hope this isn't true. I've really been looking forward to a MBP redesign. I would really like to see something like the Air - Pro hybrid body design some earlier rumors had pointed to.

Why? The Air product line already exists. The MBP product line exists to handle those with more demanding needs and are willing to carry something bigger/heavier. Why mess with that? If the ultra-light compact Air needs a tweak, then tweak that.
 
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Morky

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Brute force works

Since finally buying reading glasses, my desktop monitor now looks horrible to me. With the iPhone 4, pixel-doubling has arrived as the brute-force solution for the elusive goal of resolution independence. Can't wait!
 
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