MacBook Pro Refresh This Week?
Rumors of an impending update to Apple’s MacBook Pro line gained further credence over the long weekend with an innocuous change in the Apple Store. The MacBook Pro had been shipping within 24 hours of purchase. No longer. Now the ship time is 3-5 business days.
Conceivably, the sudden delay could be related to unexpected supply constraints, but it’s not likely. Apple typically institutes such product-line-wide shipping delays when a refresh is imminent and that appears to be the case here. Certainly, all the other standard indicators are there: a MacBook Pro drought at Apple’s European distributors, placeholder SKUs for unknown Apple hardware mysteriously appearing retail partner inventory systems and a sudden abundance of spec rumors: in this case claims that the new iteration of the MacBook Pro will be cast from Liquid Metal, run Intel’s new Sandy Bridge architecture, feature a larger glass trackpad, a combination drive that will store the machine’s OS on SSD and data on HDD and support Intel’s high-speed connection technology Light Peak.
Tough to separate fact from fiction here. Apple should do that for us on Thursday, the presumed launch date–and CEO Steve Jobs’s birthday.