Apple updated its existing MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lineups today with moderate improvements including Ivy Bridge chips and USB 3.0, but the big news is the “Next Generation” MacBook Pro with a retina display.
The new ultimate MacBook Pro has a 15.4-inch Retina screen with a resolution of 2880×1800. Other features include Ivy Bridge quad core CPUs, up to 16GB of DDR3, a Kepler NVIDIA GT 650M GPU with 1GB of RAM, HD Facetime camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, up to 768GB SSD, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, and an SD card slot.
The base model next-gen MacBook Pro has a 2.3GHz quad-core Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of VRAM, a 7-hour battery for $2199.
I want an iMac for my office, and honestly I’m growing tired of waiting for the 2012 model(s) to be released… It’s been nearly 400 days since the current model made its debut, which is well over the average of 270 days between iMac refreshes.
But the wait may soon be over. Rumor upon rumor suggests that Apple is on the verge of announcing new iMac and MacBook Pro models, which is quite believable since the Ivy Bridge processors needed to power each of these systems was publically released by Intel in April; and you’d have to assume Apple got its hands on first-gen Ivy Bridge chips well before the general public.
Exactly when the 2012 iMac line might be announced or – more importantly – when they’ll be made available to buyers is a matter of some debate. Many believe, however, that new MacBook Pros and iMacs will be announced, and possibly released, in June or July.
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It’s been a long wait, but the wait is over: Ivy Bridge is here.
You can now order seven of the 3rd Gen Intel Core desktop processors, four Core i5 models and three Core i7. If you’re going with a Core i5, you’ll probably want the Core i5 3570k ($249, Model BX80637I53570K), which is the most easily overclockable. Prefer an i7, and the Core i7 3770k ($349, Model BX80637I73770K) is likely best, and for the same reason. If you don’t care about overclocking, then any of the other models will do fine.
Amazon.com and NewEgg have all of the new processors in stock and ready to ship tomorrow for delivery as early as Tuesday. Both retailers are selling each of the new CPUs for the same price, which will likely fall in the coming weeks. But if you want one, order now; the first stocks of these processors probably won’t last long.
In late March I told you Intel would release its new Ivy Bridge processors – or at least the first tranche – on April 29th. But this morning the ‘net is aflutter with a rumor that the launch as been moved up to April 23rd.
I’m not so sure.
Perhaps Intel has decided to have a press event on April 23, but I’d bet (not my life – let’s say a penny) that you won’t see retail availability of the new chips until around that original date, April 29th.
I’d like to be wrong, though. I’m looking forward to a long overdue upgrade.