New MacBook Pros will possibly launch Thursday, Feb 24th

Inventory of Apple's MacBook Pros have been slowing to a halt lately on International Apple Store websites. The shipping times on several Asian country websites have been delayed from the standard 24 hours up to five business days.

The last time the MacBook Pros saw a refresh was almost a year ago when they were updated with Intel's Core i3, i5, and i7 chips and are due for an update that will presumably use Intel's latest line of Sandy Bridge chips. Intel saw a snag in its schedule with releasing Sandy Bridge a couple of weeks ago but it reportedly should not affect Apple offering it in its laptops nor did the setback have anything to do with a flaw in the chip's design.

Rumors about new MacBook Pro models being released by the end of the month stemmed from Italian site iSpazio (which also claimed the following as the new MacBook Pro product numbers: MC720, MC721, MC723, MC724, and MC725). Now, both MacRumors and AppleInsider have learned that the information is actually accurate; MacRumors cites next Thursday, February 24th, as the date we will see the refresh. February 24th is also Steve Jobs' birthday.

Speculation about other upgrades to the new laptops have not gone farther than the all but confirmed Sandy Bridge update, though many expect hard drive upgrades and a possible new unibody chassis. If the Thursday date is to be believed, however, Apple redesigns are usually accompanied by a media event and there have yet to be any invitations sent out. However, it won't be the first time Apple sent invitations a little too close to the event date nor the first time they redesign a product without an event.

If you're thinking about buying a MacBook Pro, you may want to hold out just a little bit longer.

Image credit: MacRumors

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dimithrak said,
oh shoot.. I just bought my MB Pro 15 i7 on the 5th.. do you guys think i can get it replaced for these newer ones?
I just got a refurb! :0

I think you've got a month or so until you can return it right? Just wait it out until Thursday to see if this is true and if so, return it. I think you'll have to pay a 10% restocking fee, though \:

dimithrak said,
oh shoot.. I just bought my MB Pro 15 i7 on the 5th.. do you guys think i can get it replaced for these newer ones?

Check your receipt man. I don't have one right now (with my tax officer) but I'm fairly certain you can return it well after the 30 days. They just knock off a certain amount and call it restocking or something. So, if it is worth losing the said amount plus the additional cost of a new one go for it.

georgevella said,
Awesome, I've been expecting this since i'm planning to get a 13" (hopefully they get updated with some recent processor)

Indeed. For the price, i except an i3 at least.

georgevella said,
Awesome, I've been expecting this since i'm planning to get a 13" (hopefully they get updated with some recent processor)

Me too. I have been waiting for the refresh. I only hope they don't remove the black bezel and tip to tip glas panel for the monitor and hopefully they keep a nvidia or ati dedicated graphics chip in there. If they stick with the intel crap, I have to get the 15"

BGM said,
i hope they get MBA panels in the 13"

Its got a 15' oled display with 12 billion to 1 contrast so its like the sun you should look at it from 93 million miles or so. Oh and its got a quantum bit cpu.

Omfg, Apple is finally rehashing their overpriced craptops, at a new price for 100$ more! Ain't that just great!? Omfg.

I'll stay with my XPS 15, thank you very much.

Hfric said,
Omfg, Apple is finally rehashing their overpriced craptops, at a new price for 100$ more! Ain't that just great!? Omfg.

I'll stay with my XPS 15, thank you very much.

Good for you.

Hfric said,
Omfg, Apple is finally rehashing their overpriced craptops, at a new price for 100$ more! Ain't that just great!? Omfg.

I'll stay with my XPS 15, thank you very much.

Don't you feel special.

Hfric said,
Omfg, Apple is finally rehashing their overpriced craptops, at a new price for 100$ more! Ain't that just great!? Omfg.

I'll stay with my XPS 15, thank you very much.

Nice troll.... I'd rather pay more money for a quality laptop than a junk Dell.

For the 13", higher resolution screen, option for matte screen, sandy bridge (or atleast a minimum of an i3/i5), SSD, remove dvd drive (?), release uncrippled Windows drivers, DON'T increase the price.
Please .

ZakO said,
For the 13", higher resolution screen, option for matte screen, sandy bridge (or atleast a minimum of an i3/i5), SSD, remove dvd drive (?), release uncrippled Windows drivers, DON'T increase the price.
Please .

What do you mean by "uncrippled" windows drivers? This is my first mac and I haven't done much research on installing Windows on a Mac so excuse my ignorance.

georgevella said,

What do you mean by "uncrippled" windows drivers? This is my first mac and I haven't done much research on installing Windows on a Mac so excuse my ignorance.

The only drivers for Windows 7 that Apple seem to use are for the Beta/RTM versions, horrifyingly out of date, also half of them seem to be for Vista. In all the sections about Windows on Apple.com they only feature Vista, it's like they're denying the existance of 7.

Heh it's not, RM is the Malaysian Ringgit. $1200 and $1500 American. (Still doesn't scream "buy me" but that's just me. I don't listen to screaming fruit.)

Jen Smith said,
Heh it's not, RM is the Malaysian Ringgit. $1200 and $1500 American. (Still doesn't scream "buy me" but that's just me. I don't listen to screaming fruit.)

Thanks Jen.

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