New MacBook Pro Versions Likely to Use Intel’s New i5 and i7 Processors

December 2, 2009, By Radimir Bobev


Intel have announced their intentions to expand their line of Arrandale processors with three new additions, and the release date has been stated to be January 3rd. The processors will use the high-end Nehalem architecture, which is already being used in some of Mac’s desktop computers, released earlier this year. The new processors, titled the Core i5 and Core i7, are reported to have a significant performance gain over the Core 2 Duo, which is currently used in the MacBook Pro.

Clock speeds will range between  2.4GHz and 2.66GHz, and the processors will be offered at a competitive price for large orders – 1000 units will cost between $225 and $332 a piece. The processor’s cooling requirements seem to fit with the current design of the MacBook Pro, and it’s also expected that a low-voltage version will be released to be used in the MacBook Air, famous for being extremely thin and light.

Apple have made it quite apparent that they’re switching over to Intel processors, ever since the Power PC G5’s huge cooling problems. This can only spell a good future for both the company and its customers, as Intel processors are becoming more and more efficient.

[ Via MacRumors ]

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