Core i5/i7 (Arrandale) processors to grace MBP’s come early 2010?

by Mike
Posted December 1st, 2009 at 6:33 pm

imageThose with itchy trigger/mouse fingers longing to order a new top-o-the-line Macbook Pro need to get control of themselves and holster their weapons for a brighter horizon is upon us. Would you be so eager to drop 2-3 large on a MBP knowing that Arrandale (read: Core i5/i7) processors are just around the corner from release, bringing a new generation of speed and power in the smallest most energy efficient package yet? Hmm, worded like that, even the king edition of a MBP somehow loses a bit of its luster. Don’t get me wrong, current MBP’s are the fastest iterations ever. But with Core i5/i7 quad cores packing speeds of 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz respectively, how could you not want to wait? Of course, those of you fortunate enough to have the bank account(s) to support buying new $2K+ computers every couple of months do not apply. I hate you. (Just kidding…I envy you).

How long until we can poke and prod such fine examples of beauty and power? According to Fudzilla, such treats could come as soon as January 3rd. There’s only one problem with that date — Apple never releases anything on Sunday or the weekend for that matter. Other than that, an early January release doesn’t seem too far off. I mean, the MBP line is due for a refresh in early 2010 if past refresh cycles are followed coupled with the introduction of newer Core i5/i7 architecture in the iMac line a couple months back.

Early 2010 seem plausible for Arrandale based MBP’s? January 3rd is highly unlikely. In fact, I wouldn’t hold your breath. But January/early 2010…? Now we’re talkin’


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