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An internal employee incentive program aimed at Intel retail salespeople seems to have let the cat out of the bag about a major upcoming revision to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, according to AppleInsider. If the flyer detailing the program is accurate, the MacBook Pro will soon […]

An internal employee incentive program aimed at Intel retail salespeople seems to have let the cat out of the bag about a major upcoming revision to Apple’s MacBook Pro line, according to AppleInsider. If the flyer detailing the program is accurate, the MacBook Pro will soon sport the Intel Core i5 processor, replacing the Intel Core 2 Duo chip that has long driven Apple’s upscale line of notebooks.

A prize draw for passing the training for sales associates for the month advertises two prizes of MacBook Pro laptops, featuring the Intel Core i5 processor. Intel, for its part, maintains that although the flyers are indeed company material, the suggestion that MacBooks will soon feature Core i5 tech is merely a typo.

The Intel Core 2 Duo has been running the show in MacBook Pros since the very same year Intel took over chip-making duties for the Apple line of computers in 2006, although originally the upscale notebooks ran Core Duos, and were upgraded late in the year. That means it’s been nearly four years since we’ve seen a major platform upgrade, although we have seen minor spec bumps and the introduction of the Santa Rosa platform in 2007, which incorporated the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M integrated graphics card.

Intel formally introduced the new Core i3, i5 and i7 chips last week during CES, and the mobile i5 is definitely the most likely suspect for inclusion in subsequent generations of Apple’s powerful notebook line. If Apple does decide to go with the Core i5 chips, contrary to earlier rumblings, future MacBook Pro owners can expect a nice little increase in performance over the Core 2 Duo chips, while at the same time not sacrificing anything due to increased power demands. Advantages also include increased battery performance, more speed and better graphics, and they could allow Apple to assign less internal space to the motherboard, which could clear up room additional battery volume or other things. 3G antenna, anyone?

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  1. Cool stuff… I guess this new decade of macbooks will thrive on i5 and i7s

  2. You mean to tell me intel… the chipmaker for Apple…. named the wrong chipset in an internal company ad. yeah. uh. bullshit.

  3. Just because a marketing dweeb works for Intel doesn’t mean they know what they are talking aboutl

  4. HP, Dell etc have all announced or begun shipment of i5 based laptops.

    Apple is just joining the bangwagon.

    I wonder if the new MBPs will add USB 3.0 and perhaps a HDMI connector and BlueRay

    1. Dave what apple will do is release the new macbook pros without the usb 3.0 or blu ray, than 3 months on, it will update its family of macbook pros ,the usual way to capitalise on human need for technology, apple treats its mac users like babys in in a cage they let you you smell the sweets for so long then bang let you out of the cage, and you dont care then wether your macbook has usb 3.0 or blu ray for now you just want it cos you have been waiting for so long to touch and feel it!!

  5. “(…)while at the same time not sacrificing anything due to *increased* power demands.”
    Increased, or decreased?

  6. Just a matter of time. An i5 MacBook Pro was an icrazee predication for 2010.

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  10. the new macbook pro wasn’t presented on the apple event.
    can i expect it soon? cause i want to buy a new one

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