After weeks of speculation and some seemingly genuine leaks about the new MacBooks Pro, which were rumored to be launched today, the Apple Store is currently down. The new MacBook Pro rumors have reached fever pitch as Apple’s website now displays the usual “We’ll be back soon,” Post-It note.
All month people have been speculating about the possibility of refreshed MacBook Pros using Intel’s new Sandy Bridge chips and Light Peak technology. Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture, faster memory, an SDXC slot and a Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort, meaning that it’s both a display port and a high-speed I/O connection port.
2.3 GHz Core i5 CPU, 4GB of 1333 MHz SDRAM, 320GB 5400RPM hard drive, 1280 by 800 pixel screen, Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated GPU, superdrive, Facetime HD camera, Thunderbolt combined high-speed IO port and Mini DisplayPort, SDXC card slot. Ethernet/Wi-Fi/sensors/size and weight unchanged over current MacBook Pro design.
And Apple’s chosen to adopt a new supplier–AMD–for its higher-end switchable graphics cards (which run in parallel to integrated Intel GPUs when heavy graphics or number-crunching tasks are encounteres) instead of Nvidia units as before, and the 6750 is a pretty serious performer. The webcam has been updated to a “FaceTime HD” spec, which we suspect means 720p video capability (or possibly full 1020p) instead of the previous VGA resolution. But in all other respects, Apple has chosen to make this update to the MacBook Pros merely a small-step-increase one, shunning radical case over-hauls, adoption of SSD tech (as used in the MacBook Air refresh) and changes to display technology.