Intel has reportedly shifted the announcement of its next-generation Ivy Bridge processor from April 29 to April 23 as PC makers gear up to release their second-generation of ultrabooks in May. But you could see it powering Mac OS X before then, with the new chip expected to replace its predecessor, the Sandy Bridge processor, in Apple’s next MacBook Pro and iMac.
DigiTimes reports that Asustek, Acer, Lenovo, and HP are all waiting for Intel to make its announcements so that they can prepare their new ultrabooks for a May launch.
But the chip could make its debut in an Apple machine first. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is expected to become the first Mac to adopt the new chip, in addition to an all-new, thinner and lighter form factor like the MacBook Air. The machine is expected to make its debut either later this month, or in early May.
Following the MacBook Pro, the iMac will also get the new chips and a reportedly a redesign of its own, with a thinner frame and an anti-reflective glass display. The all-in-one is expected to follow the MacBook Pro with a launch in June or July.
Recent reports have claimed that Intel would make its announcement between April 22 and April 28, ready for a launch on April 29. With manufacturers waiting, it will now go ahead on April 23, if DigiTimes is to be believed.