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 Wired.com 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.