Slim, Quad-Core & Air-Like MacBook Pros To Arrive In Late April Or Early May?

Slim, Quad-Core & Air-Like MacBook Pros To Arrive In Late April Or Early May?

iMac and MacBook updates tend to happen on a fairly predictable cycle that isn’t determined by Apple so much as it is by the release of suitable new Intel chips. Since Intel leaks info about upcoming chips a lot more than Apple leaks about upcoming products, this makes it a fairly easy thing to predict when updated Apple laptops and desktops are going to come down the pipeline.

Now Intel has gone and leaked a load of dates on when consumers can expect to see the oft-delayed Ivy Bridge quad-core desktop and mobile processors landing on shelves: April 29th. Don’t expect new MacBooks or iMacs until then.

CPU World reports:

Ivy Bridge launch was delayed twice. First time it slipped from the first to the second quarter 2012, and then it was delayed by another two weeks. Current launch date for desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs is set on April 29, which was confirmed by two different sources, sweclockers and donanimhaber. That still left us in the dark in regards to mobile processors, due to rumors that their launch was pushed back until June. After seeing recent desktop and mobile roadmaps we can confirm that both desktop and mobile IB chips will be released at the same time.

On April 8 Intel will announce Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets. On the same day we should see numerous reviews of 75 and 77 boards with, well, Sandy Bridge CPUs.

Ivy Bridge processors will be announced in the 4th week of April, between April 22 and April 28. The announcement will include only quad-core models: mobile Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme families, desktop Core i7, Core i5-3570K, i5-3570T, i5-3550, i5-3550S, i5-3450 and i5-3450S. The announced chips will be available for sale on April 29, and the reviews and benchmarks should be published on the same day.

The new MacBook Pro refresh is rumored to bring a much slimmer design thanks to Apple’s abandonment of the optical drive. Think a beefier MacBook Air with more graphics, processing and hard drive chutzpah and you’ve got the right idea. If these rumors are true, the Ivy Bridge chips above would seemingly date the redesign: late April or early May. Same with new iMacs.

As for the MacBook Air, the news is less rosy. The earliest we’ll see a spec bump is early June. Sorry kids.

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  • Jon Aanestad

    Are you sure there isn’t going to be an update to the Air until June? I’m about to buy an Air and I’d hate it if I’d spent all that money on a “old” product if a new one is a couple of weeks away.

  • Visitors

    Pretty sure Apple’s Sandybridge Macs came out earlier than the public release date and indeed, some PC manufacturers. Why are you so confident that Apple won’t do the same and will have to release after the general release date? For the record, I think there is HP Ivybridge laptop(s) scheduled for release the 8th of April. I really don’t get why Brownlee is so arrogant.

  • thehighesttimes

    If they’re gonna release ‘Air-like’ MacBook Pro’s wouldn’t they just drop the Air line altogether? I’m sure they’d sell plenty if they met somewhere in the middle of the two laptops. The Air’s design (kind of) and the MBP’s performance. I’d love it. But hey.

  • Rob Klaproth

    Apple better watch it. Those of us who buy Macbook Pros want to have the optical bay available for plenty of reasons including being able to swap out the optical drive for a 2nd HDD or SSD. If Apple gets rid of that they better at least give us a hard drive bay to replace the optical. Also they better not solder on the SSD chips to a circuit board, they better have a REAL SSD in there that can be swapped out for a bigger one when we need more storage. In addition, please don’t switch to integrated graphics. Can you imagine an architect with his $2500 macbook pro and $10000 auto cad program trying to run it with discrete graphics? ROFLMAO! Seriously, if Apple messes up their best laptop ever I’ll be looking at Samsung or Asus even if that means, gasp, running Windows.

  • Visitors

    If they’re gonna release ‘Air-like’ MacBook Pro’s wouldn’t they just drop the Air line altogether? I’m sure they’d sell plenty if they met somewhere in the middle of the two laptops. The Air’s design (kind of) and the MBP’s performance. I’d love it. But hey.

    It depends how you interpret “air like”, I’m going to assume the optical disc drive is dead, even in the MBP which leaves a lot of room for slimming down the MBPs. I think we will see a thicker (in comparison to the MBA) but a new airlike tapered design as a result of the lack of ODD coupled with the blade SSDs (I think they’re called that) so the OS is located on an SSD and everything else there is your standard 7200rpm HDD with a higher resolution, albeit probably not retina display. I can imagine Apple switching to the Nvidia Kepler chips for a dedicated graphics in the 15″ models onwards.

    The Ivybridge announcements still doesn’t really clear up the release date of the MBP as there is still some ambiguity over what is going to happen to the 13″ MBP. Are we going to see an April – Early may release with a 13″ quad core as standard. Abandoning the 13″ and making the Pro line 15″ and 17″ only doesn’t really make sense considering the 13″ Pro still sells exceptionally well, even with the Air competition purely down it being cheaper and being upgradable. It makes it a hit for the likes of university students. Or finally, are we going to see a refresh of the MBP in June with a dual-core 13″ base model, quad-core upper model and then obviously the 15″ and 17″, this would also coincide with Mountain Lion…Which I doubt Apple will ever do a product release simultaneous after the disaster with Lion and MBA.

    For me personally, the quad core 13″ makes sense. There is still enough attraction in having a ‘pro’ model which is also portable. The fact that the 13″ Air is significantly more expensive and offers less upgradability with soldered ram at 4gb isn’t viable for most consumers.

    @Jon; I think it’s likely the Air will not be until June looking at the release dates of the Ivybridge chips. The Dual Core, lower wattage Air chips aren’t released until June.

  • Visitors

    Apple better watch it. Those of us who buy Macbook Pros want to have the optical bay available for plenty of reasons including being able to swap out the optical drive for a 2nd HDD or SSD. If Apple gets rid of that they better at least give us a hard drive bay to replace the optical. Also they better not solder on the SSD chips to a circuit board, they better have a REAL SSD in there that can be swapped out for a bigger one when we need more storage. In addition, please don’t switch to integrated graphics. Can you imagine an architect with his $2500 macbook pro and $10000 auto cad program trying to run it with discrete graphics? ROFLMAO! Seriously, if Apple messes up their best laptop ever I’ll be looking at Samsung or Asus even if that means, gasp, running Windows.

    You’re mixing up your needs for everybody’s needs here. “those of us buying Pros” do not all want an ODD just to swap it out for a second HDD slot, or even an ODD at all. ODD is dying technology, not many people truly use them. Apple have already set precedent with the air by removing the ODD, I think it’s inevitable this will transcend throughout all their laptop lines. Like it or not, this is how Apple operate, they remove technology they think people don’t need anymore.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    I hate how most refreshes of Apple computers miss school semesters :/ by the time they have their “Mac to School” promotion, the computers are older and the next Apple product is on the horizon. In any case, I hope the new pros come soon. I want to buy a laptop already. For those times when my iPad doesn’t play well with certain websites.

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  • Jairo Gomez

    I think they should just drop the pro and air line altogether and just call it the macbook

  • Jairo Gomez

    I think they should just drop the pro and air line altogether and just call it the macbook

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