Apple to update iMac in April?

In February we saw an update of the MacBook Pro line, in March we saw the release of the iPad 2, so now the rumors are circling the net, will Apple release an updated version of the iMac in April?

Apple’s product release cycle can seem mysterious if you’re new to the fold, but old hands know roughly when to expect the next refresh of each of Apple’s product lines. According to the MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide a new iMac should be just around the corner.

It will be interesting to see if Apple adds Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors in this year’s Macs, as well as improved resolutions in the 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs, We would also like to see if Apple will add the ThunderBolt port to the iMacs.

It will be interesting to see, we will of course keep you up to date!

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Apple Introduces Thunderbolt

Not only the Apple Store got a major new release, the whole Apple site got an overhaul and now includes information about a lot of their new cool features. The website now includes an overview of Thunderbolt, which they all-but-confirm is Light Peak and designed in collaboration with Intel Labs (who has their own press conference scheduled for later this morning).

According to Apple Thunderbolt is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and twice as fast as USB 3.0. It’s a single cable that consolidates almost all existing ports, from FireWire to USB to miniDisplay to eSATA. This is one cable to rule them all.

And even though the new MacBook Pros come with only one Thunderbolt port, it shouldn’t matter for end users: two 10Gbps channels on the same connector mean you can daisy chain multiple high-speed, data-intensive devices and multiple displays to the same port without using a hub… and without reducing performance.

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“Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

NEW MacBook Pros are here!!!!

When the Apple Store came back online, one of the major changes was the new MacBook Pros

As expected the new MacBook Pros make the leap to Intel’s new architecture, Sandy Bridge, starting with the 13-incher’s 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU and stretching all the way up to the $2499 17-incher’s 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.

Furthermore, the MacBook Pro has seen some minor enhancements, too: the entire lineup has dropped in weight, and all models feature a slightly larger trackpad than before, and they include a ‘FaceTime HD’ camera versus the iSight of previous models.

Specs copied from our friends at TUAW.com

13″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with a 3 MB shared L3 cache or 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 13.3-inch LED-Backlit with 1280×800 resolution; Glossy only
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 320 or 500 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB DDR3 SDRAM shared memory
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1199

15″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.0 or 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 15.4-inch LED-Backlit with 1440 x 900 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 500 or 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive, 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive, or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB GDDR5 RAM or AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, SDXC, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $1,799

17″ MacBook Pro:

  • CPU: 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor with 6 MB L3 Cache; optional 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with 8MB shared L3 cache
  • Display: 17-inch LED-Backlit with 1920 x 1200 resolution; Glossy or Anti-Glare
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM clocked at 1333 MHz (2×2 GB), supports up to 8 GB
  • HDD: 750 GB, 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard drive; optional 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive or 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB GDDR5 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Other features: FaceTime HD camera, 8X slot-loading SuperDrive, Thunderbolt High-Speed E/A and Mini-DisplayPort, 802.11N WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, ExpressCard/34 slot, FireWire 800, USB 2.0.
  • Price: Starting at $2,499

Apple online store reporting 3-5 days shipping on MacBook Pros!

If you were hoping to get your hands on a MacBook Pro then you will currently have to wait 3-5 business days, could this mean that Apple will release an update in the near future?

You can no longer get your hands on a MacBook Pro from the Apple online store until after the refresh expected to be on Thursday this week.  Apple’s got a 3-5 day wait on new MacBook Pros which puts them right about on schedule.

It will be interesting to see if Apple releases the update this thursday, or if their supplies are just running low.

Will Apple release new Macbook Pro’s Thursday Feb 24th

It has been a while since we last saw a MacBook Pro update, however as we have reported in the past week, the rumors of an update have intensified. The previous MacBook Pros were released almost one year ago with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors.

Since the news of the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors was released it has been expected that Apple would update the MacBook Pro line, since the processors are expected to be a significant improvement over last year’s processors.

MacBook Pro stock has been dwindling internationally and this morning two Italian sites reported that the new machines are said to be making their way to resellers towards the end of the month with a released date of this Thursday or Friday.

According to 9to5mac.com Best Buy has released the following part numbers and prices:

MC724LL/A-SKU# 9755395 – $1499 – 13 inch
MC700LL/A-SKU# 9755322 – $1199 – 13 inch
MC725LL/A-SKU# 1535918 – $2499 – 17 inch
MC723LL/A-SKU# 1535845 – $2199 – 15 inch
MC721LL/A-SKU# 1535836 – $1799 – 15 inch

Will Apple release new MacBook Pros in March?

We have often speculated in the past whether Apple would upgrade their MBP’s anytime soon, according to Danish blogger KennethLund.dk his source in one of the major Danish Apple resellers claims that MacBook Pro models are on tight supply but that the newly updated models will arrive on March 1st.

What makes this rumor more plausible than most other dates we have heard in the past is that March 1st falls on a Tuesday which is typical for Apple’s releases.

The MacBook Pro was last updated in April of 2010 and is due for an update. The MacBook Pro will likely adopt Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processor, even though Intel suffered some manufacturing setbacks they claim that any delay will be minimal.

It will be interesting to see if Kenneth is on track, and if his source has some legit information for us, we will keep you posted.

Macbook Pro gets a Build-to-order CPU Bump, maxing the CPU at 2.8GHz i7

After an eventful day in the life of Apple sprinkled with several new products, and product updates, Apple updated the Macbook Pro Build to Order in a much more quiet fashion.

The update saw a bump to the processor choice for the Macbook Pro’s bringing the full speed processor choice up to a 2.8GHz i7. The upgrade will cost you US$400 and is limited to the 17-inch and 15-inch models.