New MacBook Pros Are Incoming With Faster CPUs But Little Else [Report]

New MacBook Pros Are Incoming With Faster CPUs But Little Else [Report]

On average, Apple updates their MacBook Pro line every 215 days. It’s been 203 days since the last MacBook Pro update introduced us to the new Sandy Bridge models with their awesome new Thunderbolt ports.

It’s been 203 days since the last MacBook Pro update. Guess what’s incoming? That’s right: a speed bump!

Apple Insider says:

According to people with proven insight into Apple’s future product plans, the late-2011 MacBook Pro refresh will deliver marginal speed bumps to the notebooks’ Core i-Series of Sandy Bridge processors but will otherwise introduce no material changes over the existing models.

While precise timing for the update may change, those same people say the Mac maker currently anticipates an introduction of the refreshed line before the end of the month, possible following the close of the company’s Back-to-School promotion, which ends on September 20th.

So hardly a barn stormer, but good to know if you’re planning on an update in the next few days.

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  • CamilloMiller

    I want a friggin Air Pro.

  • Joel Grissom

    haha, me and you bud!
       i gave the wifey the top of line air and it sux with only discrete graphics for my purposes!

  • TylerHoj

    I only ever buy my computers in May/June…but I too, just like many have stated before me, want a 15” MacBook Pro as slim as the MacBook Air. 

  • jacklahaie

    I just bought a MacBook Pro early this month… If a new one comes out in a few weeks, I’m going to be one unhappy person. It’ll be time to go defect hunting!

  • FotoDude

    They should give an option to buyers to remove the Optocal Drive and replace with with either an extra battery, secondary HDD (for redundancy, capacity, or speed RAID 0 etc), or a discrete GPU in the case of space-limited 13″ Pro. How do you distinguish the Pro from the all Integrated-GPU Airs? Discrete, more powerful GPUs.

  • Ren101

    My wish – and it’s only a wish – is for Apple to remove Optical Drive from 13″, and install an SSD + HDD hybrid like their iMacs. Whatever space left over they should give us more battery power or discrete GPU with at least 512MB VRAM. That SuperDrive space can fit 2 additional HDDs. Why waste it on an add-on that you only use once in a lifetime? Now that Lion OS X is available OTA, the SuperDrive days on a MacBook Pro are truly numbered.

  • MJKY

    So that the “Compare Mac’s” table on Apple.com matches specs, anyone think they might also move to Bluetooth 4.0?

  • Sekem101

    If Apple put a faster SSD in the Pro, it’s another buy for me. I have been using a 2008 Pro, and I am looking to upgrade here. The various 3rd party SSD vendors like OCZ with their Vertex 3 offers a fast 6Gbps solution with read/write speed in excess of 400MBps. With a premium option to install an SSD in their machines, the very least Apple could do is put a blazing fast SSD to keep up with the market.

  • Barton Lynch

    I want a new design! An option to remove the CD drive would be amazing and could remove some of the price. I would do it in a heartbeat. Also if they could have a 128 GB SDD for the same price as whatever the base HDD is, I would do that too. I was hoping that the MBP that I would buy would have the new design that was rumored a while ago.

  • extra88

    The iMacs do *not* have hybrid drives, they merely have the option to have two drives, one magnetic disk and one SSD. But I agree on the basic idea, the opportunity to buy a MacBook Pro (in all sizes) with and SSD and a (user upgradable!) magnetic drive instead of one drive and one optical drive.

    I think the 13″ MacBook Pro should get a discrete video card to better differentiate it from the 13″ MacBook Air.

  • GregRusedski555

    What ever happens to the Ultra Thin 15″ Pro?

  • MamaDonPreach

    Wot wot wot !!? No 15″ Air ???

  • Theoldcoot

    The should increase the amount of RAM that can be installed.

  • Michael

    Don’t worry about it – a CPU boost is hardly noticeable.

  • shahn

    For the love of god, get rid of the default glossy screen! 
    …or at least have the option for matte for +$0.00

    Glossy + outdoors = GLARE HELL

  • Chris Malone

    I would like a 13″ with a matte screen option. And what would be even better would be a 11.6 or 12.5 inch MBP with a matte screen option. (I’d prefer 12.5 inch laptops but hardly anyone makes them. Not to big, not to small). I want a small laptop with an ODD and that has good specs. Is that to hard make.

  • EmmaMitch5611616561

    waawa –

    I just got a $829.99 iPåd2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
    I use BÏDFiRsT. COM

  • techgeek01

    cheaper.

    one of the reasons why I’m picking a samsung 7 series laptop over a mbp. I’m getting a $2400 mbp for $1300. Hardware is exact (samsung has a slight edge over the mbp) build quality is exact, battery life is equal, (again, samsung might have an edge).  Basically your getting a mbp for almost have the price.

    I’m not a cheapo person at all.  I will spend the money for a quality product.

    but, I’m not going to spend about twice as much for a computer just because it has an apple logo.

    make it significantly cheaper, then I might reconsider.

  • Chase Hausman

    Is 1/2″ really going to make a difference?

  • Chase Hausman

    Why does this need to have a [Report] tag?  Unless you have heard it from Apple, you can’t say this is fact.

  • HerbalEd

    In case you haven’t noticed, there is a huge industry built around Apple rumors. This article is only one of hundreds that will be written this week on various Apple rumors, predictions, etc. Hell, even the odds makers in Vegas get in the act.

  • Eat Sleep Mac

    Samsung Series 7 Notebook seems to be a pretty solid PC if you’re looking to buy a Windows machine. I mean based on the OS alone I wouldn’t purchase one. Mainly because all of my workflow is tied up in the Mac OS, and that’s what I love to use. Also, you’re comparing the specs to the current MacBook Pro lineup. We still have no clue what this new refresh is going to bring us. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like this is another attempt by Samsung to churn out another second-rate Apple product with identical specs in hopes of taking a big bite out of Apples money pie, Pardon the pun. I know that Mac’s can cost a small fortune, but I’m a firm believer in the “you get what you pay for” philosophy. I can honestly say that I haven’t had one regret since switching to the Mac, from a money stand point or any other for that matter..

  • HerbalEd

    SSDs are available for custom install (without hard disk) when you buy a MBP on the Apple Store. 

  • HerbalEd

    Yeah …. if indeed that’s the only change/upgrade. Don’t assume this article has the full story on the upcoming new MBPs. I’m betting there’ll be more.

  • ppanah

    It’s great they are upgrading the macbook pro’s to make em even more powerful, however WHAT ABOUT THE MAC PRO!?

  • “Monolithic” Mac User

    Not to be cynical, but let me be cynical.

    Speed-bumps, “…but will otherwise introduce no material changes over the existing models.”

    WHEW!

    If Apple wants to save money buy bumping performance of the current MacBook Pro design rather than a wholesale redesign, then we’ve “dodged a bullet,” or had a “stay of execution” — TEMPORARILY!

    But if reports are wrong, and Apple will introduced a redesigned new MacBook Pro, then the linear trend of the latest Mac mini plus the MacBook Air will continue with the MacBook Pro (that’s if they don’t axe “Mac” from the name like with “OS X”).

    No optical drive and “Now, even thinner!” (I want mine as thin as a piece of tracing paper, and behave similarly if I accidentally drop it.)

    If it’s to be even thinner, then the “lowest-hanging fruit” would be to go after the keyboard whose keys barely depress or “press-in” as it is!

    Hopefully, an even less-tactile keyboard would be the extent of form factor changes, but if not, to make it as thin as thin can be, some compromises in technology will have to be made.

    Hmmmm…thinner at any cost…shortchange it technology-wise in the preeminent interest of thinness…micro USB ports in place of those “fatty-fat” ones…ditch FireWire 800…2.5mm headphone jack…80GB 1.8” 3200 RPM hard drive which is just a hair over half an inch high (though still too big)…”eject” optical drives (I mean, “Duh!” Who still wants to watch a DVD on a plane or a train or bus trip or the back seat of a car on a long trip or in bed or in the chaise lounge on the patio?)…

    I tried a MacBook Air, and they keys depressed by so few millimeters, I wondered why they designed them to press-in at all!

    Why not stop “pussyfooting” around and go ahead and make notebooks that have flat, membrane keyboards like the Timex Sinclair 1000 or the Atari 400 — OOPS! Bad example that last one: the Atari 400′s membrane keyboard had raised plastic ridges surrounding each “key”; a no-no ’cause it made them less thin.

    Maybe if these [Mac]Books are released with only performance bumps and not a complete redesign, the “stay of execution” will last another 200+ days(?), and I can burn Final Cut projects to DVD using a optical drive actually integrated INTO THE COMPUTER ITSELF! Will the wonders never cease?!

  • “Monolithic” Mac User

    Not to be cynical, but let me be cynical.

    Speed-bumps, “…but will otherwise introduce no material changes over the existing models.”

    WHEW!

    If Apple wants to save money buy bumping performance of the current MacBook Pro design rather than a wholesale redesign, then we’ve “dodged a bullet,” or had a “stay of execution” — TEMPORARILY!

    But if reports are wrong, and Apple will introduced a redesigned new MacBook Pro, then the linear trend of the latest Mac mini plus the MacBook Air will continue with the MacBook Pro (that’s if they don’t axe “Mac” from the name like with “OS X”).

    No optical drive and “Now, even thinner!” (I want mine as thin as a piece of tracing paper, and behave similarly if I accidentally drop it.)

    If it’s to be even thinner, then the “lowest-hanging fruit” would be to go after the keyboard whose keys barely depress or “press-in” as it is!

    Hopefully, an even less-tactile keyboard would be the extent of form factor changes, but if not, to make it as thin as thin can be, some compromises in technology will have to be made.

    Hmmmm…thinner at any cost…shortchange it technology-wise in the preeminent interest of thinness…micro USB ports in place of those “fatty-fat” ones…ditch FireWire 800…2.5mm headphone jack…80GB 1.8” 3200 RPM hard drive which is just a hair over half an inch high (though still too big)…”eject” optical drives (I mean, “Duh!” Who still wants to watch a DVD on a plane or a train or bus trip or the back seat of a car on a long trip or in bed or in the chaise lounge on the patio?)…

    I tried a MacBook Air, and they keys depressed by so few millimeters, I wondered why they designed them to press-in at all!

    Why not stop “pussyfooting” around and go ahead and make notebooks that have flat, membrane keyboards like the Timex Sinclair 1000 or the Atari 400 — OOPS! Bad example that last one: the Atari 400′s membrane keyboard had raised plastic ridges surrounding each “key”; a no-no ’cause it made them less thin.

    Maybe if these [Mac]Books are released with only performance bumps and not a complete redesign, the “stay of execution” will last another 200+ days(?), and I can burn Final Cut projects to DVD using a optical drive actually integrated INTO THE COMPUTER ITSELF! Will the wonders never cease?!

  • Apple

    Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life with your douche-bag rant. Apple would never sacrifice performance for thinness and optical drives are useless EXECPT for DVDs, which will very soon be useless. If your going to moan because apple is moving to fast for you, find a different brand

  • Chris

    for guys like you there are the current models…but others want progress…if it was bad or good

  • Morten B. Høstrup

    Speed bump are usually something used to decrease speed, I certainly hope that is not the point of the CPU “upgrade” ;)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S

  • “Monolithic” Mac User

    “Guys like me” simply want PROGRESS, not regress.

    If the priority is crippling specs in a classic “Form over function” mentality leads to the prohibitively expensive non-portable laptop that the newly released update to the Mac mini is, is “progress,” I want no part of it.

    Using laptop components including drives and integrated, non-discreet graphics in a desktop computer for the sole purpose of further squeezing the already-plenty-small-enough Mac mini into its present “WOW! Just look at it!” form is NOT progress, but I’m going far out on a limb. I might someday buy one when it’s as tall as a CD Jewel Case, but much smaller length and width-wise than a Jewel Case.

    THEN I might just buy one, never plug it in, sit and stare at it all day, regularly exclaiming, “Just LOOK at it!” The thrill will never wear off.

  • Givjtkmdhm

    You used a lot of extra words to express the simple idea that you like the optical drive.

  • “Monolithic” Mac User

    And you used too few words attempting to state my own point almost 100% incorrectly.

    No one HAS to read my posts, but my point appears to have shot completely over your head like a bottle rocket.Your only “hit” was on the optical drive. There is still consumer demand for them. I know Apple often nudges consumers rather than wait for them (e.g. deprecating legacy ports and forcing USB – a story with, ultimately, a happy ending), but let the optical drive die a natural death in the consumer marketplace, not perform subjective euthanasia.At the very least, offer it as a BTO option. Leave the choice in the hands of buyers.The last generation Mac mini was very similar in form factor, but featured an integrated optical drive. This suggests that offering an optical drive as a BTO option in the present generation would not be logistically problematic or expensive for Apple. It should also be noted that present Mac minis can accommodate two hard drives.

    In the 2009 Mac mini line, the cost to Apple of the SuperDrive was $32. I can only imagine that in 2011, the cost is lower. Apple could make it a $100 BTO option and reap up to a 68% profit margin (assuming an unchanged 2009 component cost of $32).

    The overarching point is that “Form Over Function” has overtaken too many Apple products (and rumors, though unreliable, suggest the shorter, thinner next tower Mac Pro won’t even be spared – if there is to even be one – but if there is, I hope it’s lighter too…).

    This manic “Thinner and thinner and thinner and smaller and lighter, etc.” mentality manifested in the most recent Apple products is bad for Apple and its customers. I can only surmise that it’s a function of “group think.”

    The Mac mini, configured to a “serviceable” degree is a prohibitively expensive non-portable laptop, that uses underpowered laptop components for no defensible reason.

    A top-of-the-line 27″ iMac Quad-core Intel i7, 4GB RAM (3.4GHz only BTO chosen) is not only cheaper, but a far better VALUE (not to mention more expandable and more “future proof”).

    Apple does not provide breakdowns of unit sales of certain products, and the Mac mini is included. I know nothing about how Son-of-G4-Cube is selling. Nor Apple’s pride-and-joy, the MacBook Air.

    This suggests they aren’t selling all that spectacularly:

    “I think the $999 price point for Apple is just kind of a teaser,” he said. “The sales of those kind of products aren’t always as big as the hype might be.”

    “[Stephen] Baker [vice president of industry analysis with NPD Group] revealed that consumers tend to gravitate toward the $1,199 MacBook Pro, a model that he said is the best value in Apple’s notebook lineup. The entry-level MacBook Pro sports a 13-inch screen and a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Sandy Bridge processor.”

    “Consumers are very smart,” Baker said, “and they gravitate toward the things that are the best value.”
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    Hmmmmm…maybe I’m not the only one who still wants an optical drive, more power and more VALUE…
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