updated 01:10 pm EDT, Mon April 5, 2010
MacBooks may get 8hr life, 640GB drives
Taiwan newspaper Apple Daily today claimed that new MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are due to ship this month. Unnamed sources said the systems would use the mobile Core i3, i5 and i7 processors and that the 13- and 15-inch models would all get eight-hour battery life, up an hour from today. They would also get 640GB drive options with a 256GB SSD as an alternate.
The paper explained the seemingly long delay by maintaining that Apple had planned to ship the notebooks in March but that Intel's shortage of mobile processors had pushed it back. Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Quanta would build the notebooks themselves, while AU Optronics and Innolux would make the LCD panels.
Apple is now one of the last to update its notebooks for Intel's 2010 mobile processors but is expected to use cutting edge technology when it does arrive, including NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching that would revert to Intel video in energy-saving modes without having to log out or reboot. Newer graphics cores themselves, such as NVIDIA's GeForce 300M series, are also probable. [via MacRumors]