Next-gen MacBooks reportedly in production

Despite that Ivy Bridge delay Intel vaguely confirmed last month, Apple’s next-gen MacBooks may already in production, according to supply-chain sources quoted by DigiTimes earlier today.

The site reports that shipments of the systems to Apple will total 100,000 to 150,000 units this month. That number is expected to rise to 900,000 units "eventually." In spite of that, however, DigiTimes goes on to say Apple may not have Ivy Bridge-powered notebooks out the door any sooner than its competitors:

The availability of Apple’s new MacBook Pro might come at the same time non-Apple brands launch their new Ivy Bridge ultrabooks, the sources observed. New models from non-Apple brands were previously expected to hit market shelves earlier, which was seen as a good time to sell prior to Apple’s new product release, but have been postponed due to a revised shipping schedule for Ivy Bridge chips, according to the sources.

The story also echoes a rumor that’s been making the rounds lately: that upcoming MacBook Pro notebooks will look like the MacBook Air, with no optical drives and slim aluminum enclosures. With articles like these floating around and Intel being officially vague about Ivy Bridge launch timing, though, it’s hard to know exactly when the new machines will see the light of day.

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    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Everytime I compare my Lenovo G470 to Apple, I feel good about getting a Lenovo. For $550 I get a Core i5 2450, 4GB, 750GB and Switchable Graphics (Intel HD + HD6370M). Of course, an Apple fan will tell you that an Apple is an Apple, but you also pay 3x the price so there’s really nothing amazing about getting all that bling.

      • internetsandman
      • 8 years ago

      In terms of laptops, an apple is far more than just a fancy PC laptop. I’ve yet to see any laptop match the build quality of a MBP, and very few laptop makers will provide competitive screen resolutions without going up into the MacBook-price-range. Yes, in terms of the basic hardware specs used to tick marketing boxes, your Lenovo does better by price, but considering I’ve accidentally dropped my MBP a couple times and it still works like it was brand new, im quite fond of the build quality of apple laptops

        • Laykun
        • 8 years ago

        My Dell XPS 16 got hit by a car, and it still works fine. Your argument is invalid.

        I’ve had equal amount of problems with Apple laptops as I have other brand of laptop maker. I manager the machines of a lab of about 30-40 people, so I have a decent sized sample.

          • BIF
          • 8 years ago

          Hit by a car! Where is your lab, in a freeway median?

      • beck2448
      • 8 years ago

      Its OSX that is the real difference. I have a Dell and a MBP 17″ which turns on from cold start to browser open in 10 seconds. I run ProTools with many plugins and it is 99% flawless. Windows ProTools is much more painful. I’ve tried.

    • hiro_pro
    • 8 years ago

    i would buy one if you could right click 🙁

      • mikehodges2
      • 8 years ago

      Two finger tap = right click 🙂

        • End User
        • 8 years ago

        Most third party mice works just fine with OS X. My R.A.T. 9 even has OS X software.

          • internetsandman
          • 8 years ago

          I used to use a R.A.T 7 with my MBA before the optics decided they were on LSD

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      I would buy one if they put out descent windows drivers for their flipping touchpad. :^/

      • TakinYourPoints
      • 8 years ago

      Two finger click on the trackpad registers as a right click, and any multibutton mouse works with OS X with no additional drivers. I’ve used five button mice with OS X since I started using it.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    REPORTEDLY PRODUCING???! ACER AND HP REPORTEDLY PRODUCING NEW LAPTOPS TOO. NEWS STORY PLEASE.

      • mcnabney
      • 8 years ago

      Can we just get a daily Apple update. Or maybe that isn’t enought? Twice daily should do it. I would hate to not be completely informed.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        This just in Apple has an R&D department and they R&D stuff. Go figure I thought these products were ejaculated for the brain of steve jobs himself.

      • crabjokeman
      • 8 years ago

      [url<]http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6599/welcomeuu.jpg[/url<]

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      Troll on, brother, troll on.

        • ronch
        • 8 years ago

        Logically, if you call him your brother, you’re also a troll, right? A troll’s bro is also a troll, after all. LOL.

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          yeah. we’re brothers. he’s actually my half brother. different fathers.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 8 years ago

    I really wish their 13 inch pro had a discrete GPU and Quad core with 8 Gb of ram, who needs a disk drive.

      • zdw
      • 8 years ago

      You can already put 8GB (or 16GB for about $200 aftermarket) in the current 13″ MBP.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 8 years ago

        yeah but with a dual core its about as usefull as putting 18 wheels on a motorcycle engine. Ontop of that the Ram won’t be the limiting factor in any tasks but rather the CPU and lack of discrete GPU. The memory bump is a complete waste.

          • internetsandman
          • 8 years ago

          “Ontop of that the Ram won’t be the limiting factor in any tasks but rather the CPU and lack of discrete GPU”

          Right, so Ive got a ton of applications open, none of them are particularly graphically intensive, and none of them really eat up many CPU cycles, but there’s a lot of them open, I’m sure the lack of discrete GPU is what’s slowing down my word processor (if it’s possible for a word processor to lag with today’s hardware)

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 8 years ago

    Seeing as Apple isn’t going to limit every single Pro they sell to the cheapo 2.1 GHz quad-core with a 35w TDP, I kind of doubt that they’ll really resemble the Air all that much.

    Maybe that only applies to the 13″ model, since those don’t have a graphics card?

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 8 years ago

      Why the 13″ is called a pro when it basically ships with the same stats as a air while costing more money is beyond me.

        • entropy13
        • 8 years ago

        For that is what the Word of the Holy Apple says, and so shall it be.

        • demani
        • 8 years ago

        Some ports and an optical drive (plus upgradeable RAM).

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 8 years ago

          ok ok but how much does any of it really matter. 8 gb of ram on a dual core processor is pointless you’ll never have an app or combo of apps to use it, your processor is more than likely to be your bottleneck, heck your lack of discrete GPU is, lol.

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 8 years ago

            It’s still there for the same reason that any company, in any industry, keeps obviously lower end models amongst a high end line:

            To make the 15″ and 17″ flagship models look more appealing.

            I’m sure it would have been gone by now if Intel had focused on improving ULV parts earlier on, instead of just playing catch up with Sandy Bridge. For now, it’s just kind of caught between worlds.

            • smilingcrow
            • 8 years ago

            “8GB of ram on a dual core processor is pointless you’ll never have an app or combo of apps to use it”

            That’s preposterous. I multi-task a lot and hit 5 to 6GB quite often. I rarely need much CPU power so even though I have a quad it was overkill and I knew it but wanted future proofing, the potential to O/C and better graphics; I have an i5-2500K.
            CPU and RAM requirements aren’t mutually dependent.

            • Washer
            • 8 years ago

            You’re cockiness combined with your lack of knowledge makes me depressed.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 8 years ago

        It costs [i<]less[/i<] than the MBA13 and it has better performance, longer battery life and a disk drive. It's not that puzzling...

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      Cheapo 2.1GHz? If it turbos past 3GHz, that’s not ‘cheapo’.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 8 years ago

        It’s an OEM only part without a designated price, like the kind that currently ends up in $650 laptops.

        So as far as i7 branded parts go, yes, cheapo.

        And practically every IB CPU that has turbo at all goes past 3 GHz, including ULV parts, so the 3.1 GHz turbo with just one core, meaning it’s typically going to be [i<]under[/i<] 3 GHz, is not even remotely impressive.

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          CPU World says it will do exactly 3.0GHz with two cores. Considering previous turbo speeds, it seems reasonable that the dual core speed is barely lower than the single core speed, which are both much higher than the quad core speed.

          [url<]http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i7/Intel-Core%20i7-3612QM%20Mobile%20processor.html[/url<] And it's an OEM part because only OEMs would want a cool running quad.

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