Apple is reportedly planning to introduce new MacBook Pro laptops this week, Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and chief executive, turns 56 on February 24, and this birthday will be celebrated with new Apple Mac books being released in every iStore.
The latest evidence on the MacBook Pro rumor is that Apple has stopped selling MacBook Pro laptop models and has warned retailers not to break the seal on pallets that may begin arriving as early as today. Apple also began telling its European resellers that they could expect the sealed pallets at their stores as early as today.
There won’t be any confirmation of the new notebook’s features until Apple’s formal announcement, but a few rumors are flying around from an unnamed “Apple source” who spoke to Boy Genius Report. In addition to reaffirming that the official announcement will be here in “the coming days,” the insider also revealed that the new MacBooks will feature a glass trackpad that edges out even the current generation model’s trackpad size.
Interestingly, the source also reveals that all new MacBook Pro laptops will come packing a solid-state drive, or SSD, with 8-16GB of storage space. These SSDs would house the notebook’s operating system and nothing more while a second hard drive using more typical magnetic recording techniques would be included to store user data. SSDs offer greater reliability since all information is stored on microchips and there are no moving parts. An SSD is great for a notebook since it can stand up to more jostling than a more traditional hard drive, which can be damaged if its magnetic strips come into contact with one another. The lack of moving parts also means better performance for SSDs.
Packages of the new models are being reportedly delivered to resellers and Apple Stores, and they will be unwrapped on Steve Jobs’ Birthday, stated other media reports. The new connection technology is rumored to be Light Peak, a high-speed technology that Intel has been working on for some time. Apple is expected to adopt the technology, though under a different name. Intel has said Light Peak will ship in the first half of 2011.
Last week, Steve Jobs was with President Obama with a group of Silicon Valley leaders. Other updates on Steve Jobs indicated that he is in Stanford Cancer Center, and is scheduled to undergo new round of treatments.