New Sandy Bridge Mac Pros And MacBook Airs Will Arrive On Thursday, Right After Lion [Rumor]

New Sandy Bridge Mac Pros And MacBook Airs Will Arrive On Thursday, Right After Lion [Rumor]

We’ve been hearing that Apple’s next desktop operating system, OS X Lion, will be released on July 14th. Alongside Lion, there have also been rumors that Apple will release a new MacBook Air and Mac Pro model at the same time.

Apple is reportedly set to release new machines with Intel’s Sandy Bridge chips. The new MacBook Airs aren’t expected to have an exterior design change, but instead focus on improved internal hardware. The updated Mac Pros are rumored to have a rack-mountable, narrower enclosure.  

9to5Mac has posted 8 new model numbers for what they claim are Apple’s updated MacBook Air and Mac Pro models. An 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air will be available with Apple’s new Thunderbolt I/O technology and Intel’s super fast Sandy Bridge processors.

For the Mac Pro, there’s the possibility of a 16-core model with Sandy Bridge chips. Obviously, Thunderbolt I/O will be included as well. The idea of a redesigned enclosure could mean a more iMac-ish look and feel to Apple’s high end desktop machine.

It will be impressive for Apple to introduce Sandy Bridge chips in its upcoming computers, because that means Intel has given Apple access to Sandy Bridge months before its release.

In summary, you can expect upgraded MacBook Air and Mac Pro models from Apple very soon. The new models will have faster internal hardware and most likely more memory. OS X Lion is expected to ship on these computers at launch. Mark your calendars for this Thursday to see what happens!

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  • Bruce Chapman

    Any word about new MacBooks?
     

  • prof_peabody

    “The idea of a redesigned enclosure could mean a more iMac-ish look and feel to Apple’s high end desktop machine.”  This doesn’t follow at all actually.  

    And goes against pretty much ever rumour on the subject which says that the new MacPro will be “rackable” and more like a server room computer than a desktop computer.  

  • Samuraiartguy

    Would be nice to see the Mac Pro get a little love in the “iThings” era. The last couple of updates of the MP were on the “meh” side, and were challenged by Xeon offerings from Levono, Sony, HP, even … *gasp* … Dell. Been a long time since the Pro users got some dominant heavy metal and a couple months bragging rights.

    Bet the beasts are still gonna be que costly, tho’….

  • bsoft16384

    “It will be impressive for Apple to introduce Sandy Bridge chips in its upcoming computers, because that means Intel has given Apple access to Sandy Bridge months before its release.”

    What? There are Sandy Bridge laptops everywhere, including ones that use the ULV Sandy Bridge CPUs that the new Air is likely to use (such as the Alienware M11x).

  • appledrunk

    Would be nice, I’ve never had a Mac Pro before and just might buy one.

    http://appledrunk.com/new-mac-

  • macgizmo

    Hmmmm. The MacPro having the same processors (though faster?) than the MacBook Air just doesn’t sound right.

  • VasquezCP1

    “It will be impressive for Apple to introduce Sandy Bridge chips in its upcoming computers, because that means Intel has given Apple access to Sandy Bridge months before its release.”

    I dont understand this line. Don’t the current MacBook Pro’s and many Windows PCs already have Sandy Bridge?

  • chromey

    Fingers crossed the airs have backlit keyboards. 

  • joewaylo

    Well we are talking about 16 core processors. Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors include dual-core, quad-core, six-core and eight-core chips for desktops and laptops. Depending on what type Apple will supply in the Macbook Air and assuming they are buying dual 8 core processors as an optional system for the Mac Pro.

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