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Ivy Bridge Mobile CPUs for Next MacBook Air and Pro Models Due around May

VR-Zone leaks a roadmap for Intel's next generation mobile processors, called Ivy Bridge. Apple currently uses Intel's mobile Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks.


Ivy Bridge will offer a number of benefits for Apple's notebook lines, opening the door to quad-core processors in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and bringing significantly faster graphics and new OpenCL capabilities to the MacBook Air. Ivy Bridge will also support ultra high resolution displays and Intel has committed to Thunderbolt support alongside USB 3.0 in the platform.

VR-Zone details a wide range of processors with Thermal Design Power (TDP) ranging from 17W to 55W. The TDP tends to be the limiting factor in the size of Apple's notebook designs. Apple presently uses 17W processors in the MacBook Air designs and 35W-45W processors in the MacBook Pro. The new processors will include the improved Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated graphics chipset.

The 35W-45W (MacBook Pro) processors range from Dual/Quad Core 2.6GHz to 2.9GHz with single core turbo speeds of up to 3.6GHz, while the 17W (MacBook Air) processors range from Dual Core 1.8GHz to 2.0GHz with single core turbo speeds of up to 2.8-3.2GHz.

Apple's choice of processors may depend on how dramatically it redesigns the MacBook Pro next year. Rumors have persisted that Apple is working on ultra-thin models that may represent a complete overhaul of some of the MacBook Pro models, making them more Air-like in design. VR-Zone notes that the TDPs on these processors are programmable, so Apple may be able to reduce their TDPs at the expense of processor speed.

VR-Zone reports that the new mobile platform is expected to launch around May, with some high-end processors possibly launching in April. This gives a rough timeframe of when we should expect updates to Apple's notebooks.

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40 months ago

All I want is a 15" MacBook Air... forget about the internals.


So you would take a MacBook Air with Intel Celeron processor 1GB of RAM and 80GB hard drive?


:rolleyes:
Rating: 10 Votes
40 months ago
I'm excited to see USB 3.0 in the MacBook Pro. Mainly so I can have a fast port for external drives to be shared between my PCs and Macs
Rating: 9 Votes
40 months ago

Getting rid of the 20th century optical brick will result in an all-new case design.


To replace it with 21st century Blu Ray.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago

Macbook pro IS DUE FOR REDESIGN. It has been same since 2008. By 2012, it needs redesign.

Put thinner bezel and SSD inside.

Quad core on 13 inch? Give me.


Despite the MBP looking the same since 2008, it still looks way, way better than any other laptop out there right now.

Hopefully they don't do a redesign for redesigning's sake.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Macbook pro IS DUE FOR REDESIGN. It has been same since 2008. By 2012, it needs redesign.


What is so terrible about the current physical design that needs updating? It still looks more advanced - and better - than anything else on the market.

New internals, yes but I see no pressing and urgent need for a new casing.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
The MBP should not be undervolted/underclocked.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

cue the idiots whining about lack of refresh even though there are no CPU's for new products


Cut the idiots being unaware that Intel does update their lineups between platform changes and drops price throughout a given generation. Just because Apple doesn't lower prices accordingly, or use new SKUs (except for maybe one minor update) in between model changes doesn't mean they're not there.
Rating: 5 Votes
40 months ago

Just because Intel provide support for USB 3.0 does not mean that Apple will provide it. I would not expect Apple to support USB 3.0 even if Steve had never said anything about it. It's simply against Apple's interest in promoting Thunderbolt. The larger the number of computers that support USB 3.0, the less 3rd party manufacturers will be motivated to support Thunderbolt. Apple have a strategic interest in keeping the number of computers supporting USB 3.0 as low as possible.


Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 will coexist. Why would Intel provide USB 3.0 support in IVB in the first place if they believed in TB? TB is their technology after all.

Unless TB technology is changed by a big hand, it will never be mainstream. Seriously, 50 bucks for a cable? And it's not only because it's new, it's the way it was designed. Both ends of the cable have a chip in them. Both devices need a separate TB chip in them. TB needs to be integrated into all SoCs like USB until it has some really use at a reasonable price.

If Apple had interest in promoting TB, then there would be some actual TB devices, not just a display and a couple ridiculously priced external HDs.
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago
Regardless of all the debate...

The day i upgrade from my C2D to the top end Ivy, I'm going to explode.
Rating: 4 Votes
40 months ago

I'm curious as to what this means for the iMac however... doesn't the imac use mobile CPUs, not desktop?

It is finally back on desktop processors.
Rating: 4 Votes

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