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Photos of Claimed New 15-Inch MacBook Pro Logic Board Show NVIDIA GT 650M, Retained Layout

M.I.C. gadget points to a pair of posts from Chinese forum showing portions of what is claimed to be the logic board and graphic hardware from the next-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro set to be introduced tomorrow.

New MacBook Pro logic board with NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (left) and current MacBook Pro logic board (right)

The images show an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics chip and 1 GB of GDDR5 graphics memory, which many have expected would make an appearance in the new MacBook Pro. Interestingly, the posters have also compared the leaked photos with the logic board of the current MacBook Pro, finding the layouts to be nearly identical all the way down to the screw holes on the board.

New MacBook Pro logic board with 1 GB GDDR5 graphic memory (left) and current MacBook Pro logic board (right)

One of the reports also claims that the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will arrive with 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz chip options on stock models, with a 2.7 GHz chip available as a high-end custom configuration. The exact chips to be offered are not detailed by the poster, but some attempts at matching up to Intel's Ivy Bridge offerings can be made.

At the 2.3 GHz level, Apple would have its choice of the Core i7-3610QM or Core i7-3615QM. For a 2.5 GHz chip, the only appropriate Ivy Bridge processor currently available is a dual-core Core i5-3210M, which would actually be the low-end chip. And at the high end, Apple would apparently be offering the Core i7-3820QM as had been seen in benchmarks that appeared last month.

Apple has been widely rumored to be introducing a redesign MacBook Pro with a Retina display and a thinner profile. But if the leaked photos are genuine they may indicate that no redesign of the body is forthcoming, as Apple would be expected to make significant changes to the logic board to accommodate rearranged internals in a thinner enclosure.

An alternative explanation relates to claims put forth late last week by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who indicated that a thinner, Retina-capable Mac notebook would appear as a third member of the MacBook family with Apple continuing to offer the existing MacBook Pro alongside the new model for the time being. In that case, these leaked photos could represent the updated version of the current MacBook Pro with the new notebook still remaining under wraps.

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75 months ago
Apple has successfully confused the rumor mill to the point that no one really has any clue what is going to happen.
Rating: 46 Votes
75 months ago
We will find out in 12 hours.
Rating: 29 Votes
75 months ago
Well, at least we can use the razor sharp front edge of our current Macbook Pro's to slit our wrists if there is no fricken' redesign.
Rating: 25 Votes
75 months ago
It's so...logical...

Rating: 21 Votes
75 months ago
"Apple has been widely rumored to be introducing a redesign MacBook Pro with a Retina display and a thinner profile. But if the leaked photos are genuine they may indicate that no redesign of the body is forthcoming, as Apple would be expected to make significant changes to the logic board to accommodate rearranged internals in a thinner enclosure. "

No no no! Don't let it be true!
Rating: 21 Votes
75 months ago



The 680M is like 800% better.

Give us an option for the love !!!!!!!!

As much as I would love a 680M, Apple has never equipped, to my knowledge, any of their notebooks with top of the line graphics cards. In create-to-order gaming notebooks, the 680M is a $400-500 upgrade by itself! Imagine the apple tax on that! Other issues would be power consumption and heat. You'd have to rename it the Meltbook Pro!
Rating: 21 Votes
75 months ago


Is NOT typical apple! Is NOT!1

Now Jobs gone Apple is conservative. No design remake is fail. Big fat clunky version of notebook to stay is fail. and sad. This news is so bad.

If you're this devastated by this "news" then please never watch the news. Far more worse things going on in the world.

lol @ "big fat clunk version of notebook" :D:rolleyes:
Rating: 18 Votes
75 months ago
Three lines of laptops seems really odd (though I suppose it could be a temporary transition... an omelet that requires breaking eggs).

If the MacBook Pros keep the same basic design (as suggested here) then maybe all the NEW machines will be branded as Airs.

in other words, maybe instead of “thin Pros” we’ll get “fat Airs”? The Airs will be as slim as ever on the low end, but new higher-end Airs will have Pro-level power (retina too) while the old Pros (maybe keeping the DVD even) get a spec boost to serve during the rest of this transition.

And then later (6-12 months?) these new Pros get discontinued, and only the high-end Airs remain: same full power, not as thin as the low-end Airs, but still very thin and no DVD. Probably no more 17” if they truly don’t sell. (At which time, I can see “Air" being dropped from the name, and they might all just be “MacBooks”.)

I’d bet that low-end (11-13”) Airs don’t get retina displays yet—but eventually they will.
Rating: 17 Votes
75 months ago
"Praying that this is not true."

"I'm pretty upset right now. I wanted a redesign!"

"I want it to at least be thinner"

Because the current MacBook Pros look like absolute ****, amirite? They're so fat and clunky! That Jonathan Ive needs to learn what good design is! Why don't they call up Dell and HP and see what they're doing?

Oh, wait, they're all copying Apple.

You can never please everyone. And if Apple doesn't "wow" you tomorrow, you are the only person to blame for when you get your hopes up over rumors and speculation. It's a rumor, it's not what Apple is going to do, it's what Apple may do, based on mostly overseas sources with sketchy reputations. It's fun to guess, but you shouldn't hype yourself up on rumors. I heard that President Obama is buying us all ice cream tomorrow! I'm gonna be super disappointed if I can't walk into Baskin Robbins and get a free cup of ice cream! SO PISSED!

Here's what you should expect: Updated architecture to Ivy Bridge. USB 3. Faster memory. Better graphics. This is what we know, because this is what our vendors have out. Anything else should just be a nice surprise.

We've (well, some people in the Apple community) come to expect nothing short of Jesus himself in the form of a tablet, phone, or computer every time Apple makes an announcement. Do I think "Retina" displays are coming? Sure, eventually, just like 4K will hit TV's eventually. Am I going to be hurt tomorrow if Apple doesn't? No. I don't expect magic every time Apple has a press event. If you're always looking for that, you're setting yourself up for disappointment every time.
Rating: 17 Votes
75 months ago
Wikipedia lists the 650M's TDP as 45W. In comparison, the last nVidia GPU Apple used was the 330M GT which had a 23W TDP. Given this is supposed to be a "Pro" laptop, I'm happy that Apple's devoting more thermal room to put in a higher-end GPU. I don't consider a ~1" notebook to be too thick and would happily take higher performance components than be forced to scale things back in order to achieve a thinner case.

And just because Apple is keeping the same logic board design and presumably the same case design doesn't mean Retina Display isn't included. When Apple introduced LED backlighting to the MacBook Pro they didn't make the screen portion of the housing thinner or otherwise do a redesign even though that's one of the benefits of LED backlighting. Devoting space to a more powerful GPU makes good sense to match the Retina Display anyways.
Rating: 15 Votes

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