updated 11:25 am EST, Mon February 7, 2011
Computers could go sale as soon as Feb. 9th
Apple may be about to release updated MacBook Pros, reports suggest. 9to5Mac sources claim that that stock for all Pro models is currently limited, with the exception of the higher-end 13-inch system. Circulating rumors are said to point to a refresh happening as soon as Wednesday, February 9th, but that information is considered unconfirmed.
Backing up the likelihood of a refresh is Japanese site Macotakara, which says that stock availability for local resellers has stretched into the two- to three-week range. The MacBook Pro is generally believed to be due for a refresh, particularly as Intel recently launched its Sandy Bridge platform, which includes substantially improved and more deeply embedded graphics technology. Not clear so far is whether trouble with some Sandy Bridge chipsets will impact Apple plans.