The Macbook Pro rumors are really beginning to ramp up these past few days. We learned yesterday that Intel will be releasing their Ivy Bridge processors in two stages, one in April and another in June. The high powered processor would include a June release with the low powered processing including an April release. This only contributes into the Macbook Pro rumor because Digitimes has just reported a similar situation. The Macbook Pro 15 inch is rumored to ramp up production in April and the 13 inch following a few months later in June.
The timing between the two initial production stages sure is weird, and likely indicates that the next Macbooks will include the Ivy Bridge processor. As we know, the 15 inch Macbook typically comes with the higher end processor, while the low end 13 inch model comes with the weakest processor. If you match the two together, you find out that the higher end processor and the higher end Macbooks both are planned to initiate production during April.
As Apple will start mass producing its 15-inch MacBook Pro in April, sources from the upstream supply chain have pointed out that the company’s orders for the 13.3-inch model are far higher than those of the 15-inch, indicating that Apple is more focused on the 13.3-inch notebook segment.
However, the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro will not start mass production until June.
This all sounds great, but DigiTimes has never had a reliable track record for any of their rumors. We surely wouldn’t trust Digitimes on this type of rumor just yet. But we could continue hoping, and maybe soon we will begin to see reports from a more reliable source.
The last Macbook Pro was updated during early 2011 and late 2012. Since the first Macbooks were released the release date for each model has been quite random, unlike the typical iPad/iPhone releases. But I would expect the upcoming Macbooks to feature a fall 2012 release according to the Digitimes report.
When do you think the Macbook Pro will be released?