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A sharp-eyed MacRumors forum member spotted what is either a hoax or the highly inappropriate use of a next-generation MacBook Pro this weekend. Processor and memory benchmarks for a computer identified as “MacBookPro6,1″ were posted at Geekbench, but that model identifier does not currently exist in […]

A sharp-eyed MacRumors forum member spotted what is either a hoax or the highly inappropriate use of a next-generation MacBook Pro this weekend.

Processor and memory benchmarks for a computer identified as “MacBookPro6,1″ were posted at Geekbench, but that model identifier does not currently exist in the MacBook Pro lineup, nor does a MacBook Pro sporting Intel’s brand new Core i7 CPU. While Apple’s secretive nature and tight security would suggest these benchmarks are a fabrication, the benchmarks could also be the latest circumstantial evidence supporting an imminent MacBook Pro update.

Intel introduced the new Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs for laptops at CES on Jan. 7, which was followed by announcements of new laptops from companies like Dell and HP. A few days later a leaked memo of an internal incentive program aimed at Intel employees was revealed, one that offered a Core i5 MacBook Pro as a prize. While Intel admitted the incentive program was real, the company asserted the reference to the Core i5 was a typo.

That bring us to the Geekbench results, which appear to be typo-free. The specs for the Core i7 are correct, and the results are in keeping with expected performance gains, about 20 percent, over Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros at the same clock speed. While the most current shipping version of 10.6.2 is build 10C540, 10C3067 conforms to a non-shipping build. The new model identifier has also been noted in recent builds of 10.6.2 as well.

It’s unfortunate that Geekbench doesn’t report GPUs. While the integrated GPU for the Core i5 and i7 is significantly faster than that of the Core 2 Duo, significantly faster junk is sill junk. Specs including a 9800 series GPU from Nvidia would make a good hoax into a great one.

However, true benchmarks or hoax, the launch of the new Core family of CPUs from Intel a month ago and counting is the real pressure on Apple to update the MacBook Pro lineup, that and the launch of the iPad in March. For the MacBook Pros, the update window is closing, and that means the odds of the familiar yellow sticky note at the Apple Store are increasing every day. If you are considering buying a new MacBook Pro, seriously consider waiting just a little longer.

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  1. I wish they would hurry up I have been waiting forever. I hope it’s soon. It’ll be really hard to wait until Sept 2010. I heard it’s in June 2010 and that is really borderline for me to start freaking out because I have been holding off for a while now. How much do you guys think they will sell for?

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  2. They need to have it out before June to get the graduation gift market.
    Plus the HP and Dell PC machines now make the MBP look like a Pentium II machine.

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  3. They’ve been going on eight-month cycles for a while now, and the last refresh was June, so keep your fingers crossed.

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  4. This would be good, IF and ONLY IF, they bring back the expresscard slot in the 15″ MBPs.

    An SD card slot if fine for home users and people who are more interested in the mac as a fashion accessory.

    But for those of us, who for years, have been using the high end macs for serious work, the lack of an extremely high speed interface on last year’s MBPs is a show stopper. When my MBP was stolen from my hotel room, I had to find a replacement. Like most pros, I need something I can take/use on an aircraft. A 17″ mbp is far too big. Due to the lack of Expresscard slot in the current 15″ MBP, I was forced to buy the previous model, used.

    Like many of my collegues, I am looking at switching from to PC laptops in the future, when the old 2008 models’ processing power doesn’t cut it any more. That is.. if Apple doesn’t bring back the expresscard slot on the next rev MBP.

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  5. I’m in the market and ready to spend some cash on a new MBP. Let’s get it on already!!

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  6. I waiting for table but I want a Mac like that

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  7. SO happy I waited to buy a new macbook pro (mine was getting pretty old). The new design is way faster and durable than the old one! Phew! Can’t wait to see what they come out with next…

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  8. I’ve had my 17 inch Macbook Pro for about 3 months now. While I’ve had some minor issues with it, overall it’s been great. I love how the keyword lights up so I can see at night. I’d recommend it to anyone who does design work.

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  9. The macbook pro is great. I’ve had only a minor issue with the battery so far, but something that Apple quickly fixed. Overall, it’s a great laptop.

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