A potentially-fake MacBook Pro fact sheet has been leaked out indicating that this year’s refresh will be far from “resolutionary.” The computers will allegedly boast high-end graphics and Ivy Bridge CPUS, as well as the latest ports and connectors, and an optical drive.
If these specs pan out, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple didn’t introduce a certain something simply because it was on everybody’s lips.
Yet the hype is so great, the American electronics vendor can’t afford to disappoint end customers, not to mention the press.
With that out of the way, this image displayed above was leaked on WePhone.com
. It seems to suggest that the next batch of MacBook Pros will have everything upgraded, except for the display.
Worst of all (as far as rumor mill supporters are concerned), Apple is not ditching the optical disc drive, which means no major redesign either.
Here’s a transcript of what the fuzzy image states. Again, to be taken with a grain of salt. Anyone could fake such a leak. - 2.5Ghz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB L3 cache (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
- 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
- 500 GB 5400-rpm hard drive
- 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display; 1280 by 800 pixels
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD+RW/CD-RW)
- Thunderbolt port support high-speed I/O and Mini DisplayPort devices
- SDXC card slot, FireWire 800 port, two USB 3.0 ports
- Optical digital audio output/analog line out; stereo speakers;
- 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
- 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- Backlit keyboard and ambient light sensor
- Preinstalled Mac OS X and iLife
- Size and weight: 12.78 by 8.94 by 0.95 inches (32.5 by 22.7 by 2.41 cm); 4.5 pounds (2.06 kg)
- Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
Apple's upgraded 2012 MacBooks were also said to boast at least some SSD for faster boot times. These specs say nothing of the sort, nor do they say which operating system is pre-installed. Not to mention that Apple now calls it OS X, not Mac OS X.
It is no exaggeration to asume that many people will be very disappointed, should these be the real MacBook Pro 2012 specifications.
Then again, rumor has it that it's 15-incher that's getting all those nifty upgrades, including the Retina display. Though it makes you wonder: they can do a 15-inch Retina display, but not a 13-inch one? It doesn't make much sense.