updated 11:30 am EDT, Sat May 15, 2010
White MacBook to get faster but still 2GB RAM
Yet another Vietnamese leak today has revealed Apple's next MacBook update early. The plastic model will bump up to most of the specs of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, including its 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 250GB hard drive and GeForce 320M video, but as always will still have conscious limits to drive some buyers to the more expensive model. It should still carry 2GB of RAM and use a 7-hour battery compared to 10 for the aluminum MacBook Pro.
All the expansion ports and ergonomic design of the system are identical to the redesign that shipped in October of last year.
While such leaks are sometimes fake, Tinhte noted both the full retail packaging and booted the system to verify the hardware features. System Profiler labels the hardware as "MacBook 7,1," indicating that it's the first of a significant new internal revision. The current model identifies itself as MacBook 6,1.
The scoop logically points to an imminent MacBook update, possibly as soon as next week, but more importantly suggests Tinhte now has sources deep within Apple's supply chain that can provide prototypes or finished products before they're announced. Previously, it had located a 2010 iPhone prototype that may be newer even than the one lost by an Apple engineer.