Last week, Intel rolled out faster versions of its Sandy Bridge processors, the class of chips currently used in the MacBook Pro. That means the current quad core Core i7 chips in the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros could be replaced by faster versions:
2.0 GHz — 2.4 GHz (19.9% faster clock speed)
2.2 GHz — 2.5 GHz (13.6% faster clock speed)
2.3 GHz — 2.7 GHz (17.39% faster clock speed)
Those are all quad-core chips; the dual-core Core i7 processor now in the 13-inch MacBook Pro could get a speed bump, from 2.7 GHz up to 2.8 GHz.
According to the report, these faster processors could keep Apple‘s laptops speedy enough to satisfy users until Intel’s faster “Ivy Bridge” chips come along in March or April 2012.
In addition to a speed increase, we’re hoping the 2012 MacBook Pros will look a lot more like the MacBook Air, except with 15- and 17-inch screens and faster graphics. It could happen — given the credible reports of a 15-inch MacBook Pro/Air hybrid we heard this summer, such a laptop could be ready by the end of this year.
Source : Mashable