New model numbers may herald new MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros as soon as Tuesday

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“A MicroCenter staffer [late night] posted new Apple model numbers that point directly at long-anticipated MacBook Pro updates,” Electronista reports.

“They have completely new model numbers and roughly correlate to the three 15-inch and single 17-inch MacBook Pros that currently exist,” Electronista reports. “They also hint at price changes: while the base MacBook Pro would climb $100 to $1,799, the top-end 15-inch model would drop to $2,199 and the 17-inch would fall $200 to $2,299. A mid-range MacBook Pro would stay in place at $1,999.”

Electronista reports, “It’s known that the MacBook Pro line should get Core i5 and Core i7 processors that may sport similar stock clock speeds but should be substantially faster than the outgoing Core 2 Duo models. Also likely on top of these is the use of NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching to save energy.”

Electronista reports, “A MacBook Pro update could come as soon as Tuesday and may also include a refresh of the white plastic MacBook and MacBook Air.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

33 Comments

  1. I met a guy on the web who needed a translation from Italian to English. His translation was not even a good patois. I helped him, he liked it, we enjoyed the jokes we made getting to a final product.

    To make long story short, we formed a company. Expensive to communicate because he lives in Milan, Italy. I live in Philadelphia!

    We used software we both owned because it was free software that came with our computers. We spent every day in our “virtual office.” By the time we met at the Newark airport, six months later, to go on a road trip in support of our new CORPORATION’s first PRODUCT, we were best of friends. Without having the software to communicate face to face, all day, every day, we would never have met, formed a company, or completely created a great product!

    It was free software. Thanks, Apple, for iChat. It was a game changer.

  2. @Nerd

    The A4 will never appear in a MacBook. A$ is ARM architecture, for use with iPhone OS. Mac OS X is now 100% Intel.

    Change is always possible, but I wouldn’t count on it. (Re PowerPC to Intel migration of OS X)

    @ Dinosaurs

    Between your ideas and your spelling, you live up to your handle. iPads and MacBooks are targeted at different market segments.

    PS: Real Apple users would have auto spelling check enable. Are you a Windoze loser?

  3. It’s an interesting idea. Apple has used two GPUs, one for normal use, and one for high performance. Would there be an advantage to use two CPUs, one for normal use, and an A4 SOC for light use, like when watching video?

    How about something like that hybrid tablet that was shown at CES by Acer or was it Asus? A regular Intel CPU for normal use, but when you remove the touchscreen, it uses the A4 SOC.

    Obviously, it’s not something Apple would do now, but it’s something to consider for the future.

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