AppleInsider have some juicy information today as they have found out that Apple are apparently going to refresh their professional notebook range with a late 2011 release.
According to their sources, the Macbook Pro refresh machines will be faster than the current models, offering ‘marginal’ speed bumps. Appleinsider say that the new range might hit retail before the end of this month, possibly after the close of their ‘Back To School’ promotion ending on September 20th.
This happens as Intel have refreshed their Sandy Bridge processors, adding four new Sandybridge Core i7 chips.
They add “Although the new models may come as somewhat of a surprise for industry watchers given that there has been no indication that Apple is drawing down inventories of existing models, the refresh is likely geared towards assuring the Mac maker’s top-selling notebook family remains competitive in the market until Intel releases its next-generation Ivy Bridge platform at some point in 2012.”
Kitguru says: The refresh would ensure the Macintosh range remains competitive, but do we really need it ?