New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs Leak, And They Are A Big Disappointment

New 13-Inch MacBook Pro Specs Leak, And They Are A Big Disappointment

Woof.

It’s really hard to verify this, and it flies in the face of all of the most recent rumors about the latest MacBook Pro line, but a new photo of what is purported to be the new 13-inch MacBook Pro’s specs, and they are underwhelming to say the least.

There is an 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge chip, and there is a USB 3.0 port, but across the board, pretty much everything else is the same: no Retina Displays, same thickness as before, the optical drive’s still there, same RAm, hard drive and SuperDrive specs.

In short, a speed bump, not a major revolution. Is it possible this is the base model of MBP Apple will unveil to keep people who still need an optical drive happy, or have we all got caught up in a maelstrom of wishful thinking?

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  • iPhaze

    Yes. Once again – the frenzy of expectation over-shadows reality. Sometimes I think the rumour sites are caught in apple’s reality ‘EXPECTATION’ Field more than most and they spread like wildfire.

    This is why stupid reports on ‘overhyped’, ‘under achieving’ products are launched, yet average consumers blow away the expectations, every time.
  • joewaylo

    I’m surprised to see an 8x super-drive in the specsheet. I thought Apple was trying to rid their products of DVD drives.

  • ifernandes

    I’m sorry, but that “Turbo Boost” description is really NOT Apple style. I don’t believe Apple would add that kind of description on a product label.

  • pasourw10

    So a disappointment is faster, latest generation processors; faster RAM (1600 vs. 1333), USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0; and much improved graphics (Intel HD 4000)?  I’d take that action any day of the week.  Exactly like the comment below stated, people need to start getting their expectations in check.  If Apple doesn’t do what everyone thinks and hopes they will do on every product launch, then we’ll always be disappointed.

    Plus, this is Apple’s introductory MBP.  It could stand to reason that could upgrade these parts, drop the price, and focus on updating the 15″.  Anyone who’s really doing any real “Pro” work is going to go with a 15″ anyways.
    Then there is also a possibility that this is a complete fake.
  • Ed_Kel

    Assuming these ARE the new MBA specs, why would you think it’s disappointing? Are you expecting something as small as a MBA to be able to compete with a Mac Pro? 500GB hard drive; Core i5 2.5GHz processor; Etc. It sounds as if this were more of an MBP spec, not MBA. I would be excited to see this spec for an MBA and would consider it to be more than just a “speed bump”.

  • Jdsonice

    Maybe we should all wait and see the “official” specs – coming very very soon. :-)

  • Tallest_Skil

    THESE ARE FAKE.

    Why am I the first to call fake here?
    Apple does not use “Mac OS X” anymore. They use “OS X”.
  • xaero182

    If it’s real, we can still hope retina displays are optional.

  • Michael Jennings

    The 13 inch Macbook Pro has always been a vastly less powerful machine than the 15 inch and 17 inch machines. (Remember, the first unibody 13 inch was branded as a “Macbook” rather than a Pro machine, and in terms of specs this has always been a better description).

    In particular, the 13 inch has always used integrated graphics rather than a discrete GPU. It may be that the HD 4000 graphics are still not good enough to drive a retina display, and the retina displays will be restricted to 15 and 17 inch machines.
    Still, though, two things surprise me about these supposed specs. Firstly, the dual core CPU rather than quad core. The 13 inch Macbook Pro is (for power and heat reasons) restricted to a CPU with a 35W TDP. For Sandy Bridge, this meant it had to be dual core, as Intel did not produce a quad core CPU with a 35W TDP. However, for Ivy Bridge, there is a suitable quad core CPU (The Core i7-3612), and I am surprised Apple is not using this.
    Similarly, the screen resolution is still only 1280×800. I don’t get this. The 13 inch Air has 1440×900, and the Pro should too.
    Of course, we are only seeing one (low end) configuration. There are almost certainly more, and both these things may be addressed in the higher end configurations and/or build to order options. 
  • theobserving

    one day, people will stop whining about what some company does vs. what they personally expect from that company, realizing that they will not change a thing with their bellyaching. 

    clearly, today is not that day.
  • ppanah

    Looks fake to me – and besides apple i believe will release the new macs with Mountain Lion and in mountain lion they changed the name to OS X …not Mac OS X as it states on this “sticker” .. 

  • T_K

    THESE ARE FAKE.
    Why am I the first to call fake here?
    Apple does not use “Mac OS X” anymore. They use “OS X”.

    Checked my box (Lion pre-installed MBA mid 2011)
    it says “Mac OS X”

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    The 13 inch Macbook Pro has always been a vastly less powerful machine than the 15 inch and 17 inch machines. (Remember, the first unibody 13 inch was branded as a “Macbook” rather than a Pro machine, and in terms of specs this has always been a better description).

    In particular, the 13 inch has always used integrated graphics rather than a discrete GPU. It may be that the HD 4000 graphics are still not good enough to drive a retina display, and the retina displays will be restricted to 15 and 17 inch machines.
    Still, though, two things surprise me about these supposed specs. Firstly, the dual core CPU rather than quad core. The 13 inch Macbook Pro is (for power and heat reasons) restricted to a CPU with a 35W TDP. For Sandy Bridge, this meant it had to be dual core, as Intel did not produce a quad core CPU with a 35W TDP. However, for Ivy Bridge, there is a suitable quad core CPU (The Core i7-3612), and I am surprised Apple is not using this.
    Similarly, the screen resolution is still only 1280×800. I don’t get this. The 13 inch Air has 1440×900, and the Pro should too.
    Of course, we are only seeing one (low end) configuration. There are almost certainly more, and both these things may be addressed in the higher end configurations and/or build to order options. 

    Well, actually, the point of the Intel HD graphics 4000 is that they ARE a huge improvement over the previous integrated chips and DO support retina displays. Intel said all of this a very long time ago, that’s why everybody obsessed over new MacBook Pros more than usual.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Yes. Once again – the frenzy of expectation over-shadows reality. Sometimes I think the rumour sites are caught in apple’s reality ‘EXPECTATION’ Field more than most and they spread like wildfire.

    This is why stupid reports on ‘overhyped’, ‘under achieving’ products are launched, yet average consumers blow away the expectations, every time.

    What idiot would call you a troll? This is exactly what happens at every Apple product launch. You’re absolutely right. 

    Get over it, people. Apple can’t break the laws of physics. We were never going to get retina laptops or desktops this time around. Only an idiot would have thought that.
  • Tallest_Skil

    Checked my box (Lion pre-installed MBA mid 2011)
    it says “Mac OS X”

    Apple has never been sentimental about the past.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    IF these are what the new MacBook Pro specs look like I will be extremely disappointed. I do think OS XI is a better forum to debut newly designed MacBook Pros, but we’re here at Mountain Lion and Apple has started something that can not be stopped. I know a lot of people say the average consumer doesn’t know much, but that’s changed. Apple has given people the ability to become knowledgeable about technology. People know what Retina Displays are; they know what FaceTime is; they know what RAM does, how it’s added; they know what the death grip is and how to avoid it. When you creat a product that’s so important to people, they pay attention. People see Apple as an innovating machine. It’s time to flex that muscle, Apple.

    I still say the new iPad was a bit of a disappointment (though I own one and love it). New iOS 6 looks a bit disappointing. New iPhone with largely same design as iPhone 4S and a CPU that looks to still be in the A5 family looks to be disappointing. The Apple HDTV is now said not to be released this year. iPad mini rumors have just disappeared into thin air. Now the new MacBooks may keep the same design as they’ve had for what 4 years now?

  • bondr006

    THESE ARE FAKE.

    Why am I the first to call fake here?
    Apple does not use “Mac OS X” anymore. They use “OS X”.

    Good catch. This is definitely BS!

  • Tallest_Skil

    If it’s real, we can still hope retina displays are optional.

    No. We can’t. Because they don’t exist. That was a pipe dream at BEST.

    Looks fake to me – and besides apple i believe will release the new macs with Mountain Lion and in mountain lion they changed the name to OS X …not Mac OS X as it states on this “sticker” .. 

    No, they won’t be releasing the new Macs with Mountain Lion. But go to Apple’s website right now and see why “Mac OS X” is, in fact, wrong.

    IF these are what the new MacBook Pro specs look like I will be extremely disappointed.

    So go buy a PC, because this has improved in virtually every single way. I don’t necessarily believe it’s legit, but come on, man.

    I do think OS XI is a better forum to debut newly designed MacBook Pros

    Except that’s years off and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    I know a lot of people say the average consumer doesn’t know much, but that’s changed.

    No, it hasn’t. Not in the slightest. Ask someone on the street what “GHz” stands for. Ask them if they know what’s most important when choosing RAM types. Go ahead.

    they know what RAM does

    They know they “want more memory”. That’s it.

    how it’s added

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    they know what the death grip is and how to avoid it.

    Yes, they know it doesn’t exist, and they avoid it by using their phone however they please.

    I still say the new iPad was a bit of a disappointment

    Despite it being improved in every single way.

    New iOS 6 looks a bit disappointing.

    Despite you knowing absolutely nothing about it, not having even seen it, and it not being released yet.

    New iPhone with largely same design as iPhone 4S and a CPU that looks to still be in the A5 family looks to be disappointing.

    Despite you knowing absolutely nothing about it, not having even seen it, and it not being released yet.

    The Apple HDTV is now said not to be released this year.

    That’s just because it’s never being released.

    iPad mini rumors have just disappeared into thin air.

    Because they were the stupidest thing in the industry since the “iPhone nano”.

    Now the new MacBooks may keep the same design as they’ve had for what 4 years now?

    Whoop de fricking do. The Mac Pro has had the same design for nine years. The iMac for five. Apple changes designs when they have something better, not for the sake of changing them.

    If you’re not a troll, you need to step back and ask yourself why you even bother buying Apple products.

  • Oth Man

    FAKE  !!! … Firewire 800 port ??? really ? since when

  • Maclink

    I’m sorry, but that “Turbo Boost” description is really NOT Apple style. I don’t believe Apple would add that kind of description on a product label.

    If they use it on their website I’m guessing they might also use it on their spec sheets

  • drblank

    I wouldn’t take these specs that seriously right now.  The bar code is not what Apple bar codes look like.  The letters UPC are not at the top left hand corner of the bar code like they are on other Apple product bar code labels.  Plus, the part number is not a typical Apple part number.  Typical Apple part numbers for computers are MXXXLL/A.  I can’t say 100% that these specs are for an upcoming product. It may be altered outside of Apple or maybe purposely done to throw people off base.

  • Lane Jasper

    Cool!! the 3 I have for sale should retain their value pretty well ;-)

  • Lane Jasper

    Assuming these ARE the new MBA specs, why would you think it’s disappointing? Are you expecting something as small as a MBA to be able to compete with a Mac Pro? 500GB hard drive; Core i5 2.5GHz processor; Etc. It sounds as if this were more of an MBP spec, not MBA. I would be excited to see this spec for an MBA and would consider it to be more than just a “speed bump”.

    The headline says MBP not AIR….

  • IamJAd

    I guess this leak ended up to be legit!

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