updated 01:45 pm EST, Mon January 21, 2008
MacBook Pro Multi-Touch
The MacBook Pro will receive the multi-touch trackpad features of the MacBook Air in the near future as well as new processors, according to an alleged source supplying information to AppleInsider. The systems should receive new, extra-large trackpads that will allow the same pinch, rotate, and swipe gestures as the ultraportable; a release was planned in the general timeframe of Macworld but was delayed due to a need to switch resources to the MacBook Air, the insider claims.
Additionally, the tip also points to the 15- and 17-inch systems receiving 45 nanometer processors based on Intel's mobile Penryn architecture, which allows for higher clock speeds without increasing power draw and improves performance slightly over the outgoing models thanks to a larger Level 2 cache and new SSE4 media instructions. It also improves battery life regardless of speed. In the new update, Apple is most likely to pick the 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo models with 6MB of cache each (up from 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz with 4MB), the tip suggests.
Whether any other changes will be made to the design are uncertain, though AMD has recently introduced its Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series graphics chipsets while NVIDIA intends to release its GeForce 9M series in the near future.