RUMOR: Apple to update MacBook, MacBook Pro to Core 2 Duo in time for holidays

“Apple Computer plans to update both its MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of Intel notebook computers in time for the holiday shopping season, but may take some time before it does so, AppleInsider has learned,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider.

“People familiar with the matter say development of Core 2 Duo versions of all three models — the 13-inch MacBook, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro — are now complete and all that’s left is for Apple marketing to pull the trigger,” Jade reports.

Jade reports, “But those same people indicate that precise launch dates for the respective models remain fluid and Apple customers should expect the updates to arrive anytime between now and the time Thanksgiving rolls around in late November.”

“Last week, Credit Suisse analyst Robert Semple told clients that checks in Asia revealed MacBook shipments were tracking at approximately 200,000 units ahead of his initial 580,000 unit estimate for the company’s September quarter. Despite these impressive figures, Apple is still struggling to to meet overall demand for the notebooks as a result of the recent the educational and back-to-school buying seasons,” Jade reports. “Semple revised his estimates for the quarter to 775,000 MacBooks plus some 250,000 MacBook Pro systems, bringing his combined notebook estimate to over 1 million units.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

  1. When they come out, in goers my order for a 17 inch.

    Hey TowerTone…
    I could have been a Doctor but I didn’t have the patience….har har Two-thirds of a pun….Phew. Argh…. another pun….somedays I just crack myself up.

    MW: third… as in, this is the third time I am off my meds.

  2. I ordered my MBP 15″ right after MacExpo because Steve Jobs didn’t announce Merom upgrades, but cancelled my order after the latest rumors about Apples Photokina announcment. My PB G4 is draving it’s lasts breaths. I hope that Merom Updates will be announced at last.

  3. Are you so sure that MacBooks will be speeded up.

    I think only MacBook Pro will be.

    MacBooks are being sold really well, there is no real need yet.

    I predict that there is going to be a real difference from now on, between Pro and cheap laptops.

  4. Miguel they cant use the same old setup as before, the mac books and pros both have to compete against the xp based machines in order to drive market share. Pros can have faster processors, but the mac books still need regular upgrades. People need to get used to the idea that once you take a computer out of the box it becomes obsolete. But that doesnt mean it wont do exactly what you bought it for. And all this coming from the guy waiting for the upgrade to buy. I need one for college next year and im holding out till revision 2.

  5. Wow, a Core 2 Duo coming soon? When everybody else is already shipping?

    Gee if Apple keeps innovating at this rate they’ll never be more than 3-6 months behind Dell and HP with releases of new Intel technology.

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