Last minute MacBook Pro rumours
The MacBook Pro rumours continue to appear all over the web and the latest one bring with them some additional details that may or may not prove to be true, although it seems like we won't have to wait too long to find out what's true and what's not. On top of that, Intel is readying an announcement related to Thunderbolt for later today together with Apple, but we can't give you all the details quite yet as that is under NDA for the time being, so check back with us later for the full details.
The new rumours are talking to some degree about Thunderbolt and without getting ahead of things, yes, this is Intel's Light Peak technology, but as we said, more on that later. What is clear now though is that all of Apple's MacBook Pro models will feature Thunderbolt support, but it's not certain that the vanilla MacBook's will. It's also unclear as to when and if we'll see this on desktop Apple computers, although we'd expect Apple to implement this at least on its Mac Pro's. The downside here is of course that Apple won't support USB 3.0 which is suggesting the standard has lost a major promoter for better or worse.
Other rumours include dropped support for Nvidia graphics in favour of AMD, something that's been a long term rumour but which might finally prove to be true. Considering that Apple have been using AMD graphics in its Mac Pro and iMac desktops for quite some time, we'd say this is a very likely rumour to come true.
Sadly it seems like the 13-inch MacBook Pro's have to make do with Intel's HD 3000 series integrated graphics, at least if the leaked specs are anything to go by. At least the entire range from top to bottom will get kitted out with Intel's second generation of Core i processors which in a way is a big win, as Apple has finally decided to give up on Intel's Core 2 platform in lieu of something much faster.
The rumours about SSDs don't seem to have proven to be true though, but we should find out shortly if this is the case or not. The high-resolution screen rumours have as yet to be proven right as the spec leaks for the 13-inch model suggested no change here. Apple is expected to unveil its new product range shortly, so stay tuned for more on the new MacBook models, as well as a detailed look at Tunderbolt.