updated 11:10 pm EDT, Thu October 20, 2011
Latest rumor pointing to imminent launch
Apple is allegedly preparing to refresh its MacBook Pro notebook lineup sometime next week, unnamed sources have told 9to5Mac. Several recent reports appear to corroborate the same rumor, though the latest details suggest the launch event may be imminent.
The company is said to be introducing new 13-, 15- and 17-inch models, however hardware differences from current offerings are expected to be limited to new processors and Bluetooth 4.0 support. The notebooks will allegedly integrate Intel's latest Sandy Bridge CPUs, including several new quad-core chips.
The modest speed improvements are expected to arrive without any changes to the existing MacBook Pro price structure. Apple has yet to publicly confirm launch plans, however the rumors and supply hiccups point to a potential introduction as early as Tuesday.