Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

Summary: Danish blogger Kenneth Lund reports that a large Danish Apple reseller is claiming that new MacBook Pros will arrive on March 1.

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Danish blogger Kenneth Lund reports that a large Danish Apple reseller is claiming that new MacBook Pros will arrive on March 1. (And that sound you heard was Apple removing a certain Danish company's reseller status).

TUAW notes that, except for a processor bump in October, the MacBook Pro hasn't been revved since April 13, 2010. That's 307 days when the MacBook Pro is usually updated every 208 days. So yeah, it's way overdue. The MacBook Pro refresh has also been rumored for March 11 -- so we're definitely in the right neighborhood.

And March sounds a heck of a lot better than June.

The New MacBook Pros were believed to be delayed due to a $1B flaw that was discovered in Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge processor. Intel claims that the issue has been resolved and that it will begin shipping dual-core Core i5 and i7 Sandy Bridge processors for laptops on February 20.

In addition to gaining the new Sandy Bridge chip, the MBP refresh has been rumored to take design queues from the MacBook Air, including its thin, wedge design, SSD, no optical, etc.

I just hope Apple doesn't drop the backlit keyboard from the MBP like it did in the 2010 MacBook Air -- a total Apple fail.

MacBook Pro concept: AppleInsider forum's rum_an.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

    What about graphics card? 512 MB graphics card memory as usual?
    shellcodes_coder
  • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

    I personally hope they don?t do that. My MacBook pro was bought as a desktop replacement. Which is actually something it does pretty well. So dropping things like the Superdrive would be a show stopper. How could a person burn a DVD if there is no drive to burn one? Or is there some other media that is going to take over movies (like flash drives)?
    Rick_K
    • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

      @Rick_K - if it comes with an external drive, then it'd be okay. Nixing the drive entirely just reeks of pocketing the difference. Macs are already gaudily priced for the hardware offered in return. (I have a Mac Pro and 17" MacBook Pro and ultimately put Win7 on them both due to obscenely poor Adobe Flash performance (Apple's lack of hardware acceleration being the culprit) and Bryce crashing. Running the same model to render under Windows did not result in Bryce crashing...)
      HypnoToad72
      • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

        @HypnoToad72 I understand about the flash performance issue. But there is hardware acceleration capability in the hardware, and the OS X APIs are there, only adobe just made a very poor implementation of it. Otherwise, why do you think the same machine does it better with the code adobe created for win.

        Another solution is to use Google Chrome in OS X, which does offer better performanc than the plugins for safari.

        I prefer OSX, and block flash by default because of the issues it causes. I don't miss flash in general, but when I need it, I use chrome to render it. I don't hate windows, and it is running on two machines in my home specifically for media center as a DVR in the living and bed rooms.

        But I definitely get what yours saying.
        lelandhendrix@...
  • USB 3.0?

    That would be a nice (& smart) touch considering the transfer speed improvements.
    mattmuir
  • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

    HAHAHAH "(And that sound you heard was Apple removing a certain Danish company?s reseller status)" -- I seriously broke out into laughter upon reading that.. Well said Jason!

    I can't wait for Apple to announce the news themselves!

    Thanks for the update!
    Arshammm
  • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

    how is it a mackbook PRO when its nothing more than a big netbook with a faster cpu?
    nickloss
  • Nice

    Nice article, thanks for that. I'm sure the MacBook Air's backlit keyboard was removed for the typical Apple strategy, so they can release an new product full of old features and pretend it's Jesus in notebook form.
    Naryan
    • RE: Danish reseller: MacBook Pro refresh coming March 1

      @Naryan -
      *snicker*

      Too true, though. So true nobody should be laughing.
      HypnoToad72
  • MacBookPro REVISION 2011

    The form-factor of the MBA would be impractical for the MBP. The thin edges could not contain much except AIR ;-). I believe they will have to come up with some sweet technology. Just offering a 2500$ laptop (if maxed out much more expensive) does not sell. I am now using my new laptop: Intel? Core? i7-740QM Prozessor, Original Windows? 7 Home Premium, NVIDIA? GeForce? GTX460M, 640 GB Festplatte, 2nd HDD slot,
    6 GB 1,333 DDR3 RAM, Blu-ray, 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, Gaming optimized kezboard, Bluetooth, HDMI Out, Dolby Home Theater? v3 (subwoofer), 39,6cm (15,6") glossy Full-HD 1900x1080 display, The competition does not sleep... I believe the only true advantage is the OSX. I always disliked WINdoof, but am now using for 1199Euro!!!
    IKE:)
  • Awesome article...

    ...I heard, from someone who heard, from someone that said...

    Whew, take a day off, all that reporting work must be tiring.
    james347
  • Hoping to hear some better specs

    Like Quad Core? Better/Higher end Video? Seeing as I support both MacOS and Windows in my environment I have found it useful to have a Macbook bootcamped with Windows so I can use Windows the majority of time but still have convenient access to MacOS if needed. The little 5 year old 13" dual-core Macbook I have now is become a bit dated for some of my computing needs. I also have a 5 year old Dell Laptop and would love to consolidate both of those into one but find the MacBooks to be lacking on options compared to other OEMs and since you have to buy Apple to use MacOS I find myself at their mercy.
    bobiroc