Most of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs Not Actually Delayed Until June

intel ivy bridge chip promoLast week, a Digitimes report claimed that Intel was going to delay mass availability of its new Ivy Bridge processors until after June. Ivy Bridge represents the next generation processors from Intel and are expected to power any new Macs in the coming few months. The original target date for Ivy Bridge shipments was in April.

VR-Zone now reports that the report wasn't entirely correct and that Intel will only be delaying the release specifically of mobile Dual-Core Ivy Bridge processors.

Remember that article from the other day that made some people panic as Intel might've delayed Ivy Bridge to June? Well, there's no need to be worried if you're planning on getting a new desktop system, as none of the desktop parts that were originally meant to launch have been delayed and on the mobile side, only the dual core models have been pushed back.

According to the site, the reason for the delay of those specific processors is due to an overstock of the previous generation chips.

What that means is that it may not have an effect on Apple's release plans for updated MacBook Pros and iMacs. Apple currently offers Quad-Core processors in their iMac, so that product line should see no added delays. The iMac was last updated in May, 2011 and is getting due for a refresh. Meanwhile, in the MacBook Pro line, the 13" model is the only MacBook Pro that currently uses a Dual-Core processor.

As it turns out, we previously reported that Intel's new Quad-Core Ivy Bridge processor will be heat efficient enough to fit in Apple's 13" MacBook chassis for the first time. The limiting factor for a Quad-Core 13" MacBook Pro had previously been the heat output of the processor. If Apple chooses to go this route, they could eliminate Dual-Core processors entirely from their MacBook Pro line, side stepping any delays.

However, this line of reasoning assumes that Apple will not be making any dramatic changes to the MacBook Pro enclosure. Persistent rumors have suggested that Apple may be considering more MacBook Air-like designs for at least some of the new MacBook Pro models. Such a drastic change would change Apple's choice of processors considerably.

It's also worth noting that Apple isn't a typical Intel customer and has, in the past, been able to secure chips earlier than the rest of the industry.

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Top Rated Comments

Star Brood Avatar
125 months ago
Professional processors out just in time for OS X Twitter.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stridder44 Avatar
125 months ago
Wait a minute, would this mean that digitimes, a notoriously inaccurate news source, was wrong? ;)
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
125 months ago
That's good news, another reason not to trust Digitimes.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KnightWRX Avatar
125 months ago
Intel backwards compatibility might have been an issue 5 years ago, but today, that is becoming less and less important.

How so ? Look at how much time it took developers to move from PPC to x86 (some of which never actually did, leaving a lot of people whining when Apple removed Rosetta in Lion)... now you're telling us ARM wouldn't be an issue ?

Especially considering nothing ARM puts out right now can even rival Intel in performance per cycle, much less in actual cycles per second, you'd expect what ? Emulation ?

Please, can you tell us what you mean by "backwards compatibility" not being important ?

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I'm hoping that there is no merger of MBA and MBP, for the sake of the name.... since "Pro" probably attracts "Pro" consumers such as: video editor/photo editor, while the Air is more consumer friendly....... (think the hardware inside between those two)

What's in a name ? Real pros don't look at the names vendors give their models.

I have an Air, I use it for my job. Makes it a "Pro" computer to me.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
125 months ago
Wanted to go 13” last time around, but the quad-core option kept me at 15”. I’d love to get a 13” quad-core with retina display and 256GB SSD. I’ll order it with the lowest amount of ram possible and then upgrade to 16GB from NewEgg. I hope Apple doesn’t make the new line super-thin and then kill the speed. Most pros want speed over a little more portability. If anything, remove the SuperDrive and Ethernet ports. Maybe even the SD card reader. Most pros would be using CF cards anyway. I know I do, and my USB adapter cost about $10. Or they could go USB 3.0 and nix FW800. But that would be a last resort. Then release a Thunderbolt to FW adapter for those who still need it. Shave those off before speed! But don't forget adapters for legacy users.
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Liquinn Avatar
125 months ago
Phewwwwww. So they're being released on April 8th as planned? :P
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