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Oct 24, 2011

Refreshed MacBook Pro Lineup Leaked and iPad 3 with Redesigned Dock Connector Slated

Refreshed MacBook Pro Lineup Leaked

The rumored MacBook Pro refresh is just around the corner, with a proven reliable source now revealing the configurations slated for release as early as this week.

Via 9to5mac comes word that Apple is indeed upgrading its Pro line of notebooks. Don’t expect any major overhaul, though.

According to the source leaking Apple’s new MacBook Pro configurations, the new 13-inch models will boast slightly higher clocked CPUs at 2.4 GHz dual-core, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB hard drive.

A slightly more powerful version will ship with a 2.8 GHz dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 750 GB hard drive.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive for an entry-level configuration, and 2.4 GHz quad-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 750 GB hard drive for a higher-end version.

At the other end of the spectrum, the all-mighty 17-inch MacBook Pro gets a 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 750 GB hard drive, and Express Card slot (in addition to the SD card slot which comes standard with all MacBook Pros).

Built-to-order configurations include: 15-inch: 2.5 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 750 GB hard drive (faster 7200 RPM); and 17-inch: 2.5 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 750 GB hard drive (faster 7200 RPM).

Pricing will also remain in place, according to the source.

As always, I’ll be on the lookout for the yellow sticky sign this week to let you in on when Apple launches these new MacBook Pros.

A press release is likely to accompany the upgrade, but I don't expect Apple to replace the main apple.com advertisements currently showcasing the iPhone 4S.

At the most, Cupertino will likely use its smaller spaces at the bottom of the page to market the new Macs and, of course, the Apple online store.

iPad 3 with Redesigned Dock Connector Slated for March 2012 - Rumor

An alleged iPad 3 part leaked to an Asian source may indicate that Apple is planning to do away with the standard 30-pin dock connector found on all of its iDevices today.

Allegedly scheduled for an early 2012 launch, Apple’s next iPad will have the same screen size as the current generation of tablet computers, but it is unclear whether the display will be Retina (2048x1536 pixels).

What the sources do believe is that we will see a redesign of the dock connector. Their findings indicate that Apple will be adopting a smaller design, creating incompatibility problems with the rest of the iDevice lineup.

Apple has been rumored in the past to ditch the standard Dock connector used by its iPhone and iPod touch players. This new iPad is said to be slated for March 2012 at the earliest.


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