MacBook Pro Rumor Roundup: Thinner, Lighter, Faster with Best Display in The Industry
Submitted by lalit on May 18, 2012 - 12:18pm.
In the past few days many rumors about upcoming MacBook Pro have been posted by various website and our sources say that most of these rumors will come true. The MacBook Pro rumor mill started on Monday with a post by Mark Gurman on 9to5mac, in which he reported that next generation Pro will have ultra thin design, Retina Display and USB 3.0. After Mark’s post, many other tech websites also reported similar rumors about upcoming MacBook Pro. Below is a list of MacBook Pro rumors that will most probably come true and some additional tidbits from our sources:
Completely New Design: In March, we reported that Apple would not use wedge shape design for next generation MacBook Pro, as PC makers are shamelessly copying MacBook Air’s wedge design. And now 9to5mac also concurs with our old report. Gurman wrote on 9to5mac “The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is described as being an ultra-thin version of the current MacBook Pro. Basically, the prototype design is a thinner, yet more robust, version of the late-2008 design.” Our sources say that Apple will keep MacBook Pro and MacBook Air as two separate categories of Mac laptops with different designs.
Ivy Bridge Processors: It is a given fact that Apple will use the new quad-core Ivy Bridge processors in the new MacBook Pros. We have heard from a source that we should be ready for a surprise, as Apple is planning to use a quad core processor in higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro model. With removal of optical drive Apple will have more space to design a better cooling system, which would allow them to use a quad core processor like new Core i7-3612QM that has 35W TDP.
NVIDIA 600M Series Graphics: Many reputable sources like Nilay Patel of The Verge and Joanna Stern of ABC News have already reported that MacBook Pro will use the new 28nm GeForce GT 650M graphics chip in place of AMD Radeon chip on current MacBook Pro model. However, our sources say that Apple isn’t just looking at one NVIDIA chip. They are planning to use at least two of the following graphics chips - GeForce GT 640M, GeForce GT 650M and GeForce GTX 660M. All the three graphics chips support display resolution up to 3840 x 2160, which will be required for the new Retina Display.
Solid State Drive: The latest rumor is that some of the MacBook Pro prototypes are using Samsung’s superfast 256GB 830 series SSD and the assumption is that Apple will use these SSDs across the line in various storage sizes. However, we have heard that new MacBook Pro will be going the iMac’s route, offering a combo drive that uses both NAND Flash storage and a traditional hard drive, as Apple knows that every Pro user needs more than 256GB storage. Apple might combine a MacBook Air like onboard Flash storage with a hard drive or can use a regular SSD with a hard drive. From what we have heard the best part of this setup will be that users won’t have to worry about where to store what files, the OS will take care of the process with users seeing just one drive.
USB 3.0: The new MacBook Pro will be the first Mac featuring USB 3.0. Genesys will supply USB 3.0 controller chip and also USB 3.0 card reader chip for the new Pro. The USB 3.0 is 4 times slower than Thunderbolt, but it’s slowly replacing the USB 2.0 and will be a great addition to the MacBook Pro that already offers superfast Thunderbolt port.
Retina Display: The headline feature of the new MacBook Pro will be Retina Display. Rumors are the 15-inch model will get a 2880 x 1800 resolution display and the 13-inch model will get a 2560 x 1600 resolution display. Many people are questioning the amount of visual improvement an ultra high-resolution display will bring on a laptop, because of the average viewing distance of more than 22-inches (1.5 to 2 feet). But if you have seen a 4K TV in action alongside a 1080p TV, you will know the difference. The image looks way sharper, colors look better and the video looks more real. You normally watch TV from 10-feet away and human eye can see more details the nearer it’s to the display. So, simply put, you will see the difference and it will be jaw dropping.
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