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Core processors constrained, holding up new MacBooks

Apple is still hawking MacBook's with the outdated Intel Core 2 Duo processor while PC manufacturers are offering faster notebooks with Intel's new Core i5/i7/i9 processors. When will Apple catch up?

If you're in the market for a new Apple notebook you may be frustrated by Cupertino's lack of a new MacBook Pro. Apple is still hawking MacBook's with the outdated Intel Core 2 Duo processor while PC manufacturers are already offering notebooks with Intel's new Core i3/i5/i7 processors.

MacBook Pros were last updated on June 8, 2009, 287 days ago. This compares to an average lifecycle of around 200 days. Translation: MacBook Pros are way overdue for an update.

One reason for the delay is constrained inventory of the new Intel chips. DigiTimes (via PowerPage) reports that Intel’s latest Core-series notebook chips are currently facing tight supply thanks to a hefty order from Acer, which “optimistic about the upcoming demand” for its related portables.

The brief report, which doesn’t specifically name Apple, claims that Intel is giving priority to major clients, which should include the Mac maker, leaving second-tier and smaller notebook makers in the waiting line.

One suggestion for Apple: please put a little more space between the cramped USB ports on the MacBook Pro. It's impossible to plug in a 3G card (or anything larger than a cable) when one USB port is in use. And while I'm at it, how about an extra USB port on the other side? Ok, that's probably asking too much.

Is Apple dedicating too many resources to the iPhone/iPad? Is is forsaking it's computer business in the process?