Sunday, April 11, 2010

New MacBook Pros 2010 Incoming?

The reader on noticed 4 new Apple Laptop (Macbook Pro 2010) SKUs appear in the Microcenter purchasing system today. The 4 laptops are labeled: "Apple System Good-USA", "Mac System #1 Best-USA", "Mac System #2 Best-USA", "Mac System Better-USA."

The 4 SKUs which show up under a search for "Apple Laptops" are likely to correspond to new Macbook or Macbook Pro models range anywhere from $1,799 to $2,299 which fall neatly in line with Apple's existing pricing of laptops.

The submitter of this news went on to state: "This all just showed up in my system at microcenter, with model numbers and price. The week before the macbook came out in november this came up the same way, with a correct model number and price. Looks like we might get new Macbook Pro 2010 tuesday...".

We take this news to point strongly to the release of at least four new Apple Laptops (Macbook Pro 2010) configurations next week.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Apple Planning for Graphics Processors in Upcoming MacBook Pro 2010?

The reports from AppleInsider that it has received information that Apple is planning an enhancement to its next-generation of MacBook Pro 2010 that will allow for automatic switching between integrated and discrete GPU (Graphic Processing Unit) based on whichever is the more optimal technology (power consumption vs. performance) at any given time.

Since September 2008, Apple has offered two NVIDIA GPU in its 17" and higher-end 15" MacBook Pro models, one discrete processor and one integrated processor. Users of these machines have been able use the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences to select whether they prefer "better battery life" with the integrated graphics or "higher performance" with the discrete graphics, although switching between the two requires users to log out of their accounts temporarily.

Apple's rumored plans appear to be based on NVIDIA's Optimus technology, which allows for seamless switching between graphics processors based on automatic software settings. NVIDIA reportedly developed the technology in response to a dispute with Intel over NVIDIA's ability to build chipsets for Intel's latest processors, a dispute that has led to NVIDIA exiting the chipset business. NVIDIA's Optimus technology offers computer manufacturers an enticing means to pair NVIDIA's well-regarded discrete graphics processors with integrated processors provided by Intel as part of its chipsets.

Today's report notes that the source is not 100% certain that the change will be made in time to appear in Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro 2010, which is widely expected in the near future. Apple's pressing need for a solution to the situation presented by the Intel-NVIDIA dispute, however, makes it very likely that the technology will be included in the forthcoming models.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

MacBook Pro Core i5/i7 Specs Leaked?

Yeah! We apparently have discovered the specs of the upcoming MacBook Pro 2010 but bring a large grain of salt with you, just in case. And by a grain of salt I do mean the largest pile you can get your hands on!

The first thing we will comment on when looking at this New Zealand-based online store is that they have mastered the art of time travel. Now that’s something I’d gladly describe here for you but unfortunately they have not revealed that technology to the public yet. What they did reveal is “15’’ MacBook Pro 2010, newly released April 2010.” What they must have done is head to April 2010, check out the new laptops and then quickly returned to update their site accordingly only to take it down so nobody could still see it. God I love Google cache!
Moving on to the MacBook Pro 2010 specs we will say that what you’re about to see doesn’t sound that outrageous for the next-gen MacBook Pro:

  • Intel Core i5/i7 processors
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • 640GB HDD / 256GB SSD
  • LED-backlit glossy widescreen standard display with anti-glare option available
  • New 8-hour built-in battery
  • Express Card/32 slot
  • 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M Graphic Cards
  • Multitouch trackpad

It does just like a little too good to be true though. Like the Express Card/32 slot there? Is Apple really returning us that slot? What about the Intel Core i5 and i7 incompatible Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics cards?
At least Best Buy was kind enough not to update their web page with questionable details. We understand the need for attention but that doesn’t mean you can go ahead and play with our mixed MacBook Pro-related feelings!
Since we will be talking at least a few more times about these upcoming updated MacBook Pros, let’s hear from our reader what they want to see in Apple’s next-gen laptops!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Macbook Pro 2010 Core i7 has been Benchmarked! Feb 2010

This video blog about a benchmark on geekbench that was done for the unreleased macbook pro 2010 with intel core i7 620m.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Clues Hint at Possible MacBook Pro 2010 With Core i7 Chip

The Computer geeks has report hinting at an upcoming MacBook Pro 2010 equipped with Intel's latest mobile processor.

Readers of MacRumors spotted Geekbench benchmark results for what appears to be a MacBook Pro featuring a 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 M620, a high-end dual core processor featuring Intel’s Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost technologies.

The benchmark results appear plausible, as they suggest the alleged Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro outperforms 2.66GHz MacBook Pros with the current Core 2 Duo chip. However, take this with a grain of salt. You have to wonder why an Apple employee would run this test and post the results in public.

Geekbench creator John Poole told that Geekbench results can be faked, but he believes the Core i7 MacBook Pro benchmark is real.

“If the system information for this system has been faked, it’s a convincing fake; there aren’t any inconsistencies in the system information, the Mac OS X build number matches Apple’s numbering scheme for new hardware builds, and the processor matches people’s expectations for what will appear in the refreshed MacBook Pro,” Poole said. “In other words, I believe this result is authentic.”

Intel announced its latest mobile chips at CES 2010, and many notebooks are beginning to ship with the new processors. Observers believe Apple will upgrade its MacBook Pro family to include the new Intel chips.

MacBook Pros received an upgrade in June 2009, and Apple typically refreshes its notebooks every six or seven months. So if the Geekbench results are to believed, we should expect to see a Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro soon.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Apple's MacBook Pro 2010 Updates

Recently, I have heard a lot of chatter on the subject of Apple's Macbook Pro 2010 being updated. Various rumours have been circulating.
Macrumors published an apparent geek bench on the to-be-updated Macbook pro. It showed a detailed list of its score and a few specs were listed.
So apparently we will see a 600m Intel Core i7 chip with two cores in the new MacBook Pro 2010 and i am assuming with its Core i5 and i3 counterparts in some of the lower end MacBook Pros.
Here is the apparent GeekBench test for you all to see. So what do you think leave comments below and thanks for reading.


Is a MacBook Pro base on Intel Core i7 strutting its specs in the wild?

For ur viewing pleasure, I present the latest Apple rumors doing the rounds this Saturday Noon -- namely, GeekBench results for a "new" Core i7 MacBook Pros. According to the results, what you're looking at above are the numbers for the MacBook Pro 6,1, sporting a nastified Intel Core i7 (dual core, not quad) 620M (Arrandale) percolating along at 2.66GHz.

Other curious points here are the 4.8GHz Front Side Bus, which sounds a little screwy to us, and a final GeekBench score of 5,260, which makes current MacBook Pros clocked at the same speed look like your grandfather with a walker (those ranges hover around 3,700-4,000 on average). The laptop in question is also allegedly running a fresh version of Snow Leopard (build 10C3067 of 10.6.2), which certainly makes sense if someone is out there benching a new Apple's product, though it's not a number we can verify.

Still, if you were using a new Apple's product, would you be dumb enough to publicly share this information? Probably not, which of course raises the question that this might just be a hackintosh or some other clever spoof (even if we did see a suggestion of new MacBook Pros on the way recently). In the meantime, you can dream of having your pants burnt off by the above monster, and we'll let you know if this thing starts looking a little more real.