Originally Posted by hmm
Really? That's actually pretty silly. The iphone update is a much bigger one. Not everyone considered it to be huge, but it received a more significant hardware upgrade than what is truly available for the macbook pros pre Ivy Bridge.
For anybody with half a clue they would see the iPhone 4S as a massive update.
This would just be a mid generation spec bump to the latest processors available at the appropriate price points. It won't take precedence and if you looked up the processors referenced in the article (which were slightly off) you could see that a spec bump wasn't likely before now. Apple and Intel aren't quite as close now as they were at the start, so I doubt we're going to see Apple get processors ahead of everyone else.
I don't know why this continues to be a problem. Apple can't update before the hardware to update the machines is available. It is like putting on new Snow tires before they are available in the store.
I call a load of crap on "people with proven insight". These rumor sites publish anything including a number of photoshopped images and renders that prove nothing.
While there is a lot of proven poor journalism in these sites you can't really dismiss the idea that people do spill the beans from time to time. There are several problems with this though, what a person knows is often not the whole story.
I once watch a large company develop a product, build a multi million dollar production line all to scrap it before one item was released to the public. Up until that excutive decision was made there was this belief at the lower levels we where going to market.
Didn't this site also publish the one regarding mac pro updates by August
? What was silly about that one was that there were no processors appropriate to it at all. They just made the prediction because it was about a year without any kind of changes, so it made sense.
Yeah just checking publically available info would clear up much and lead to more credible reporting. However the Mac Pro is on of the few Mac volume wise that Apple could get a prerelease or special purpose version of a chip from Intel.
The macbook pro could definitely see a bump, but once again they failed at fact checking. The 2.7 Ghz quad core is the 2960XM. It is estimated to cost around $1100 and runs a 55W, 10 higher than any others they've ever used.
While we could see a refresh simply because the processors are there and we're on top of the holidays (and it relates to one of their most popular lines), the article is completely incorrect and I doubt they had any credible sources. The three that are actually appropriate as drop in replacements are the 2670QM at 2.2Ghz, the 2760QM at 2.4Ghz, and the 2860QM at 2.5Ghz.
Apple insider would do well to exercise a little editorial control over the bloggers. It would help greatly with some of these foul ups. It would be one thing to play a rumor about a low power version of the 2960XM for example. It's another thing to say the public version will go into a MBP.
Given that one of those (2670QM) was released just three days ago, it's still early and we could potentially see a release by the holidays. I even linked my sources below
. As stated one didn't come out until a couple days ago. If they're going to bump it they may have had a pre-release model for testing, but even then I wouldn't expect anything for at least two to three weeks as they just released the iphone. My best guess would be that they'd want to release it at least a week or two before Black Friday to maximize potential holiday sales. Before a bump you may start to hear rumors of current model stocks running low. We haven't heard anything like this yet.
Basically they have a whole month to play with. With the continued expansion of infra structure though I don't think a release close to the IPhone is impossible. This is after all just a bump.
The other way to look at this is that if we don't get a bump soon maybe Ivy Bridge isn't that far off. People have to realize though that this is a bit of a guessing game. If you really need a Mac simply go out and buy one.