According to MacRumors today: "MacNotes.de reports that the second-generation iPad is currently scheduled to debut in the United States on one of the first two Saturdays in April: the 2nd or the 9th. (The report's headline states the 2nd or 7th, but the lead refers to "the first or second Saturday". The headline of the original German-language version correctly refers to the 9th. )" This means that Apple could be holding a joint event for both the introduction of the iPad 2 and the Sandy Bridge MacBook Pros. This would place the release of the new MacBook Pro lineup approximately 1 year after the last release last April, and would fit in line with Apple's release schedule. Apple is known to do these things, such as the iPod event last year in which Apple released the MacBook Air at the same time. This time (early April) would give Apple enough time to get these new chips and deploy them in their lineup, and build the machines. The new Sandy Bridge chips from intel were released just a week ago. EDIT: Sorry, it wasn't the iPod event where the MBA was intro'd, it was the "Back-to-Mac" event in October which featured Lion and iLife '11. skilltrip is right about this. The iPods were introduced earlier at a special event. But still, Apple could be introducing the iPad 2 and the new MacBook Pros on the same day.