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Next-gen MacBook/Pros on 32nm Core i7

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With Apple's tradition of jumping onto the latest bandwagon at the start of a major product transition, such as chipset or CPU, we're expecting a transition to Intel's new Westmere platform later in the year.

With the recent release of the unibody MacBook and MacBook Pros, Apple continued to base its notebook line on the successful--and still powerful--Core 2 line of processors. At no fault to itself, Apple couldn't really move to a Core i7 platform on the recent release due to the fact that Intel didn't have a true mobile Core i7 processor. However, Intel will have a very powerful offering come Q4 of this year.

It is highly probable that Apple will base new MacBook and MacBook Por units on 32nm Arrandale Core i7's. With 2 cores and able to process 4 threads, the new MacBook models will be able to save even more power, thanks to the smaller fabrication process as well as optimized processor features. 

Like the new MacBook Pros, the new ones will also feature integrated graphics as well as a discrete graphics option. For the ultimate in power savings, users will be able to utilize the iGFX solution that's integrated into Arrandale. For performance moade, Arrandale supports switching to a discrete GPU, but expect to lose a bit of battery life.

We're expecting Apple to announce new MacBook and MacBook Pros later this year.

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    nukemaster , February 10, 2009 7:57 PM
    Do not take this the wrong way, but is this even "news"?

    There is no links to external sources or even mention of Apple mentioning such a upgrade.

    This almost belongs on the forums since its just speculation from what I see.
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    Linux4geeks , February 10, 2009 8:26 PM
    That will be awesome! I'd like to see some notebooks with core i7! What about the core i7 technology for netbooks too? Just a small version... its coming! :) 
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    str4ng , February 10, 2009 8:56 PM
    THG news is not a blog. This is something you'd typically see on TUAW or MacRumors or something.
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    Linux4geeks , February 10, 2009 9:26 PM
    str4ngTHG news is not a blog. This is something you'd typically see on TUAW or MacRumors or something.

    Agreed. :p  It is a rumour without any form of proof.
    "its highly probable" and "we are expecting..." :D 
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    chris312 , February 10, 2009 9:46 PM
    Why don't you title this article in accordance with its speculative nature instead of "announcing" this "fact" that you just made up. At least fudzilla tends to have proper grammar and spelling.
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    davidgbailey , February 10, 2009 11:08 PM
    Why would they not upgrade the processor in a next-gen Macbook? The current launch is a refresh. I want a quad core MB at 32nm with 24G of ram and a 2 TB SSD drive.
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    Tindytim , February 10, 2009 11:17 PM
    Big whoop.

    Apple is going to include the first Mainstream Core i7's into a Laptop.

    Quote:
    With Apple's tradition of jumping onto the latest bandwagon at the start of a major product transition, such as chipset or CPU

    Then why did you report, just last week, that there was finally going to be a Quad-core iMac? Something that PC users have had for years.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/iMac-Quad-Core-Dual-Apple,6950.html

    Take your Mactard propaganda elsewhere.
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    outacontrolpimp , February 10, 2009 11:24 PM
    It is highly probable that Apple will base new MacBook
    and MacBook Por units on 32nm Arrandale Core i7's.
    Just a typo, no need to worry, just thought you might want to fix it.
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    smalltime0 , February 10, 2009 11:41 PM
    DavidGBaileyWhy would they not upgrade the processor in a next-gen Macbook? The current launch is a refresh. I want a quad core MB at 32nm with 24G of ram and a 2 TB SSD drive.

    And I suppose you want 6 hours battery life with that at a $500 launch price?
    Keep dreaming
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    Linux4geeks , February 11, 2009 1:22 AM
    Ha ha, the 2TB SSD drive is quite a ways off as far as I can see...
    Now the X58 mobo'll do 24gb ddr3, and the 32mm will probably come this year...
    Don't know how soon that stuff will get into a mac though!
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    curnel_D , February 11, 2009 1:34 AM
    Good bloggin', start publishing news. No one wants to hear this crap.
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    tayb , February 11, 2009 3:59 AM
    Apple never updates their product lines immediately following the release of an new Intel processor. Prices are high at launch and Apple doesn't want high prices cutting into their ridiculously high margin so they will wait until the prices drop and THEN update the chipsets.

    And why in the world is this even news. Who the hell DIDN'T expect Apple to eventually update their product lines with new Intel technology??? Not news... not news at all...
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    SneakySnake , February 11, 2009 11:11 AM
    TindytimBig whoop.Apple is going to include the first Mainstream Core i7's into a Laptop.Then why did you report, just last week, that there was finally going to be a Quad-core iMac? Something that PC users have had for years.http://www.tomshardware.com/news/i [...] ,6950.htmlTake your Mactard propaganda elsewhere.


    Where is this years old all-in-one Quad Core PC?
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    tipoo , February 11, 2009 11:51 AM
    Ah, crap...does this mean future macbooks will go back to integrated graphics, since its built into the CPU?
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    tipoo , February 11, 2009 11:53 AM
    SneakySnakeWhere is this years old all-in-one Quad Core PC?

    Sony's all-in-ones have quads.
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    waffle911 , February 11, 2009 1:00 PM
    taybApple never updates their product lines immediately following the release of an new Intel processor.

    Not necessarily true. The last major update to Mac Pro was the first to get the highest-spec Penryn Xeon at its launch, and they were the only ones to have it for a while afterward. The revision of the Mac Pro practically coincided with the Penryn launch.
    tipooAh, crap...does this mean future macbooks will go back to integrated graphics, since its built into the CPU?

    MacBooks have always used integrated graphics. The aluminum unibody MacBooks are no different in this regard; the 9400M is an integrated chip. If you meant the MacBook Pro, then no, Apple will never release a MBP with only integrated graphics. It is also unlikely that Apple will do a 180 and go back to Intel integrated graphics for the foreseeable future due to performance and energy efficiency.
    str4ngTHG news is not a blog. This is something you'd typically see on TUAW or MacRumors or something.

    Not even. It would be on the forums of rumors sites, then maybe mentioned on a footnote on the front page as a rumor of questionable legitimacy. These guys eat, sleep, and breathe Mac, they know who they can trust for reliable information, and Tom's is not one of them.
    tipooSony's all-in-ones have quads.

    Yeah, but he was questioning "years-old," not "all-in-one quad-core". Quad-core AIO's haven't been around for very long.
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    waffle911 , February 11, 2009 2:05 PM
    Well, whaddya know. Though it is speculated that a MacBook update would be more likely to come before the i7 mobile chip.
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    zak_mckraken , February 11, 2009 2:56 PM
    Apple should begin by shipping the orders of their current Macbook/Pro line before thinking of new products.
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    tipoo , February 11, 2009 3:35 PM
    waffle911
    MacBooks have always used integrated graphics. The aluminum unibody MacBooks are no different in this regard; the 9400M is an integrated chip. If you meant the MacBook Pro, then no, Apple will never release a MBP with only integrated graphics. It is also unlikely that Apple will do a 180 and go back to Intel integrated graphics for the foreseeable future due to performance and energy efficiency.



    Sorry, i meant Intel integrated graphics.

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    Anonymous , February 11, 2009 6:16 PM
    Has Tom's Hardware never heard of Intel's tick-tock development cycles? When do they expect the next architectural change before the alleged die shrink to 32 nm in Q4 2009? Oh, now I've checked the web. Now I get it. The real news is that Intel is indicating that the tick-tock are soon to cross since they're making good progress with their 32 nm shrink. Then the new architecture AND the die shrink could well come at the same time in mobile chips as Tom's Hardware is predicting, which would make it highly likely that Apple adopts the chips fairly soon thereafter.
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