Apple is expected to announce a MacBook Pro refresh this week featuring machines that are thinner, lighter, have zippy new Intel processors and better screens, according to the latest rumors. The favored date for the new MacBook Pro line-up is Thursday, February 24, according to MacRumors.
Apple has reportedly been prepping its third-party retail partners to get ready for a product launch this week. The company has told some of its European partners to expect sealed shipments of new products this week possibly as early as Monday, according to Apple Insider.
Apple’s shipment time for new MacBook Pros via its online store has also slipped from 24 hours to 3-to-5 business days, a potential sign of an impending MacBook Pro refresh. The $1000 white MacBook is still listed as shipping within 24 hours so don’t expect an upgrade for that device.
Apple may also unveil a redesigned unibody chassis for the MacBook Pro line, according to Taiwan-based DigiTimes. In addition, most rumors point to typical improvements such as better resolution screen, longer battery life, and a thinner and lighter laptop.
Fueling Apple rumors
Cult of Mac has an interesting story about how Apple’s exclusive agreement to use Liquidmetal may turn up in fuel cells powering Apple laptops and mobile devices.
Fuel cells used in laptops could make the devices last for 20 hours or more without recharging, Cult of Mac says.
In August, Apple bought up the exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal in electronic products. The alloy has been around since 2003 and used before in a variety of consumer products including SanDisk Cruzer USB thumb drives. It’s not clear if the rumored Liquidmetal fuel cells would make it into Apple devices any time soon.